The Unlimited Hyperbole Christmas Special

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This Christmas I’ve bought Unlimited Hyperbole back for a special episode, during which I threw the microphone into the crowd and asked you, the listeners, to send in submissions telling me the answer to one question.

If you could change one thing about your involvement with games, what would it be?

I was astonished by the responses which came back and I’ve presented them all here as straightforwardly as I can, with as little droning and editing from me as possible. Settle in for a longer, rougher and more optimistic episode of Unlimited Hyperbole than ever before, with submissions from the following delightful people and a download mirror provided by Split Screen

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The Deleted Scenes of Disney, Doom and Deus Ex

In 2014 I spoke at VideoBrains in London and shared never-seen-before design documents for a cancelled Deus Ex game. I also talked about the early prototypes of Doom by id Software and warned about the importance of game preservation and documentation.

The lecture was based on two articles I wrote for Eurogamer about Ion Storm’s Lost Deus Ex Sequels and the Deleted Scenes of Doom. You can read those features for more information or contact me for the original research documents.

This talk was filmed and is now available to watch on YouTube, but you can also find the script and slides I used below.

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The Year in Review…

All the games I've played

February was even more of a celebration than usual this year. Not only did I celebrate my birthday, a Valentine’s Day and a six month anniversary, but I also celebrated a full year in my new job.

That means it’s been one full year since I declared with painful melodrama that I was leaving games journalism. I’ve actually ended up keeping one foot in the field slightly, but aside from trademark Twitter ranting my output has been very low.

It’s made me wonder how many games I’ve played in my first year without being paid to play – and if there’s any lessons to be learned from looking at the amount of time I’ve spent playing them. So, I pulled a list together. Here’s a year of non-journo gaming, in chronological order…

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Preliminal Games…

Preliminal Games

Update 28/04/14: Finally, I can talk a bit more about the game. It’s titled Fractured Skyline. It’s backed by Crytek. You can read the developer blog here!

I always have projects on the go. Sometimes they’re little apps or ebooks; other times they’re podcasts or drunken jokes that get out of hand. Some are secret, some aren’t. Now, one that was secret is ready not to be. A bit.

It’s a game. A big, proper one. I’ve been working on it for about a year and the reason I can talk about it now is that our studio just joined TIGA. That’s how serious we are. There was a press release and everything.

The release doesn’t give much detail on the game and I’ll follow suit, but I can say it’s a locational game based on some new technology we’ve built. I can also say that I’m Lead Writer on the project, that it’s all tremendously exciting and that if you want to know more then you shoud follow Preliminal on Facebook and Twitter.

A Steam Swap Story…

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Steam Trading Cards. When Valve introduced them, my first reaction was to cringe. It seemed a crass new direction for the store and the notion of turning game-playing into a wider card grind was one I didn’t want anything to do with. I sold the first cards I got out of curiosity, made 20p, then quickly lost interest. This wasn’t for me.

Until earlier this week, when Teleglitch was reduced to £2.25. I’d had Teleglitch on my wishlist for a while, but I was also trying to save money and couldn’t justify any expense. So, I set myself the challenge of raising the money in a single day, just through Steam Trading Cards.

After all, everyone’s read about the man who swapped his way from a paperclip to a house. This goal didn’t seem anywhere near that grand…

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