Game Theory: Dark Souls 3

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The treatment is a bit silly for my tastes (though i did get a few chuckles), however some nice digging around and even some revelations. Oh boy oh boy, today is the release day of the last DLC for DS3, can’t wait to for the first time in my life explore a souls game for the first time in co-op :D

Tearaway Unfolded trailer

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We got to play this weekend a bit of this game as it was free in this month’s Playstation Plus games lineup and I gotta say I saw a lot of cool artistic elements in there and high content density. There was always something happening, some and the visuals had a charming folding story book style.  Thought I’d point to it for those attracted by the style. Bia Hawks?

gameSketch 348

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[player347 hint outstanding]

This week’s gameSketch comes to us based on a proposal by Player347. Thank you!
PS: The winners of the fantastic special edition have been credited to their respective gameSketch accounts with 7 points: Radu, Player347, FireFish, HaikuHunter, PettyX90, Jaco, 47Crows, Ioana_Rebeca, Bia Hawks. Awaiting proposals from you guys.

Usual rules: 3 tries per person. Winner gets to propose a gameSketch. x5 multiplier for first timers. Newcomers: you may ask for 3 freebies even if you didn’t yet guess anything. Outstanding credits: PettyX90 x7, 47Crows x7, Haikuhunter x8, Jaco x97, Firefish x27, Void, Pori x2, player347 x7, Tarpo x5, player347 x9, Diana x6, Radu x45, VideoGamesAsArt x2 , thegazer x9, BiaHawks x7, rsocu x5, Teofil S. Awaiting scenes from you guys.

Dishonored : The Forbidden Trinity of Gristol, lore

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What a wonderful philosophical essay! Really thought provoking fictional lore mixed with real-world historical & religious literature ideas.

Song of da day: Jim Bonney – Boy Becomes A Man [ Mafia 3]

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So, sooo many great songs in this game… I don’t even know where to start. HaikuHunter, hope you’ll help me in future days with other songs from the epic soundtrack! Btw, do you still have the special edition vinyl?

Debatable Endings

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I like a bunch of those endings/games especially because not in spite of the fact that they’re open to interpretation. Not only is this a form of audience involvement but more importantly I think this is unavoidable whenever you treat deeper themes and can even be a sign of things that can’t be concluded super cleanly.

NieR Automata (PC/PS4)

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As a fan of Platinum Games this game was a day-1-purchase for me. Unfortunately the PC version’s got some problems with the AMD RX400 series right now (when using a newer driver) so I can’t play it yet. A shame, because the game seems to be as good as I hoped it would be (at least the devs announced today that they are working on the issues).

Goat Simulator: Waste of Space trailer

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I’m surprised how many jokes and references they managed to squeeze in there. Some of the ones I think i recognize: Goat, Mass Effect, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Alien movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, Portal, crowd funding… and I’m unsire of Destiny…. anything I misssed?

gameSketch 347 – Super Special Celebratory Edition

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wow, can’t believe we’ve made it till 347!!!

Well, folks, this is a paartyyyyy edition! Not just because 347 is my favorite number eeeveerzz, but because I’m still amazed that so many years later there’s still a gameSketch. I did the first gameSketch on September 30, 2010!!! Started just as a way to get myself to regularly practice and study the art in games that I admired. Almost gave up on it many times… but one way or another, with some gaps and cheats and delays and everything… here we are in 2017… and there’s still a gameSketch, gameSketch 347! YEAYYY!!! Also special thanks to Adi Bugner for hosting and support all these years!

As a celebration and as a thank you to all the people who have over the years been involved, helped with the website, commented, wrote, guessed or simply lurked encouragingly, here is a special edition, with very special rules. Unlike the usual gameSketches this is a COMMUNITY edition, not with a winner, but with multiple winners and where collaboration and discussion is particularly encouraged, nay, needed. The trick is, this one is ONLY declared completed when somebody, anybody, lists all the correct game names. However, at that point, EVERYBODY who has attempted a guess gets the full 7 gameSketch credits! I will however NOT correct individual guesses with feedback, only guesses presented as groups of the format game1,game2,game3,game4,game5,game6,game7. So even if somebody guesses 6 out of 7 games, I will still answer “NO”, which is why it might be crucial that everybody shares their guesses with the others. Also to make it even tougher, I will give pretty useless hints… just random thoughts. That is however not to stop you from giving “answers” just to discuss among yourselves on the lines of “hey, i think i know the 3rd and the 5th one…”.  Then somebody else can go “yes, the 3rd one is that, but i think i know the 4th one”… until a complete answer is built. STIILL, I gotta say it IS entertaining to make full guesses!!! So please don’t let anything stop you from trying!

Have fun!!!

What a great mythology this game has

 

Yet another tragic moving story

What times!

My antagonist!

The sun, the green, the blue!

A story of betrayal

The ocean behind, the depths bellow

PS: encouraging the usual lurkers to quickly leave a comment even if you don’t know them all, this puts you among the winners… literally. It’s your great chance before one of the antedeluvians solves them all.

Making of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Always so cool to get a peek behind the curtains where the magic happens. There’s also a video on the development journey and one on the story and characters. How very awesome for them and the players that they got 2 years bonus surprise development time.

Styx: Shards of Darkness

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Seems positively surprising for a smaller title, amazing when considering a budget price. Amazing to see a new IP rise out of left field even with a lower budget.

gameSketch 346

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seeking adventure
in a land known but unknown
hero of all time
[HaikuHunter hint]


Great to have another gameSketch proposed by Bossti/HaikuHunter.

Usual rules: 3 tries per person. Winner gets to propose a gameSketch. x5 multiplier for first timers. Newcomers: you may ask for 3 freebies even if you didn’t yet guess anything. Outstanding credits: Bossti, Jaco x90, Firefish x20, Void, Pori x2, player347, Tarpo x5, player347 x3, Diana x6, Radu x38, VideoGamesAsArt x2 , thegazer x2, rsocu x5, Teofil S. Awaiting scenes from you guys.

Nintendo Switch Spec Analysis

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I’m sorry to hear this :( I was hoping Nintendo would pull of a miracle and surprise with amazing mind-blowing technology inviting hordes of 3rd party developers. Or if not technology horsepower then at least a kind of Android extension/gaming standardization to leverage it’s huge consumer pull to set a standard for gaming and increasing the audience. Seems like they’ve opted instead to go further into their niche.  The question then remains to me: how many Zelda quality games can they release per year?

I wonder if the situation could be saved if as the reviewer implies price is the only problem if they dropped the price 100$ as soon as the initial great excitement/underproduction ends. If now they’re selling as fast as they’re producing but then ramp up production and lower costs they could still create strong 3rd party developer support… but even so, the Fifa example mentioned worries me if developers can’t do multiplatform games but have to do costly custom versions.

Skyroads

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An old dos game that still stays in my mind with respect as not just it’s excellence for it’s times but also for taking a simple idea and sticking to it with polish and iteration and many levels.

Shelter 2

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Thanks to Player347 for his addition to the community list of top 5 games of 2016 I saw a couple that I never knew about, such as this one, which surprised me with the originality of it’s concept and treatment. What a great direction to experiment with. Hope it has the success to go higher budget & production values as I would love to see more nature “documentaries” in game form.

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