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Inside gaming's least safe safe rooms

Via Facebook group chat, I’m speaking with Suguru Murakoshi and Hiroko Usuda from the now-defunct Team Silent. We’re talking about their time working on Silent Hill 4: The Room as director and designer, respectively – diving into the creation of Room 302, the apartment that kicks off the story and …

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The pleasures of a game world you look down upon

It’s a famous story, but a good one. When Robert Louis Stevenson was writing Treasure Island, he started out by drawing a map – a map of the island itself. One of his biographers – I think it was Claire Harman, and if you walk away from this piece with …

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Five of the Best: Hands

Five of the Best is a series. Every Friday lunchtime, UK time, when you’ve mentally clocked out for the week (but want to look like you’re still working), we’re going to celebrate a different incidental detail from the world of games. How lovely. Last week, we talked about potions. They’re …

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Five of the Best: Hands

Five of the Best is a series. Every Friday lunchtime, UK time, when you’ve mentally clocked out for the week (but want to look like you’re still working), we’re going to celebrate a different incidental detail from the world of games. How lovely. Last week, we talked about potions. They’re …

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Stardew-Valley-inspired magic school sim Witchbrook gets a gorgeous new look

Developer Chucklefish has shared a fresh batch of screenshots for its Stardew-Valley-inspired wizarding-school-meets-village-life sim Witchbrook, and it’s all change on the visual front since its last public outing – with its revamped art style looking very lovely indeed. Witchbrook first reared its head back in 2017, its informal reveal consisting …

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Five of the Best: Hands

Five of the Best is a series. Every Friday lunchtime, UK time, when you’ve mentally clocked out for the week (but want to look like you’re still working), we’re going to celebrate a different incidental detail from the world of games. How lovely. Last week, we talked about potions. They’re …

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Five of the Best: Hands

Five of the Best is a series. Every Friday lunchtime, UK time, when you’ve mentally clocked out for the week (but want to look like you’re still working), we’re going to celebrate a different incidental detail from the world of games. How lovely. Last week, we talked about potions. They’re …

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