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Point ‘n Click Magic In the Making: AdventureX Returns For a Sixth

AdventureX 2016
Six years in a row. That's one helluva track record for a convention focused entirely around narrative games, instead of, you know, every single kind. Adventure games, interactive fiction and such - these are the type of games one can expect to hear about at AdventureX, maybe even meet and greet a developer or two in the process. Maybe. Oh and talks, panels, demos, plus other fun stuff. Groovy times for sure.
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Speculating Screenshots (27th August 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Grimlock No More: In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor Pulled From Sale

In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor
It's been a long and bumpy road for Arcen Games' dino experience, In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor, and now it's come to a sad and sudden end. An end that involves pulling the game from sale while issuing refunds to those who bought it, and - in a generous move - letting them keep their copy still. A darn shame, for even though it was still very much in Early Access, it certainly had potential to turn into something interesting. Alas, now we'll likely never know what could have been...
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The Second Rocket League Championship Season Is Almost Upon Us

Soccer isn't a sport that'll catch the attention of everyone, that much is certain, but... say the game was played with RC cars instead of people, and the teams had a player limit of five instead of eleven? Yeah now we're getting somewhere, and this is what Rocket League is in a nutshell. That and awesomeness, which is probably why Twitch has agreed to partner with its creator for a second season of championship chaos, featuring a $250,000 price pool this time around. So very groovy.
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I, Hope Developer Will be Rerouting Every Last Cent of the Profits to Cancer Charities

I, Hope
It may sound like a crazy too-good-to-be-true publicity stunt, but I, Hope's charitable efforts are the real deal. Efforts which will benefit both children with life threatening illnesses and their families, donating every last cent of profit to various cancer charities. That's right, every last cent. Not just some super high percentage, like most would. Nope. Everything. Very generous and very groovy.
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Speculating Screenshots: Animated Edition (20th August 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Gunslugs Source Code Released – Time to Get Creative

Gunslugs
When games have their source released these days, it's mostly smaller - often freeware - projects. Not quite so with this one, as Gunslugs is not only a commercial title, but also a beefy one, that crazy little pixellated gun-totin' platformer. And now everyone gets to pull the blinds back, see what makes it tick, right down to the very last gun...slug. Groovy.
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Sight Heard, Sound Seen: Audiogame Jam Is Almost Upon Us

Audiogame Jam
The audible aspect of a video game can either play a very important part as sound cues indicate things like enemy footsteps, music signaling the beginning of an encounter or perhaps just as a companion to the visual experience. So how about we get rid of the latter, just for kicks, and create a bunch of games in which the focus is (almost) entirely on audio? Sounds good, right? Then you’re in for a treat with the Audiogame Jam.
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Dungeon Defenders II’s Latest Hero Just Wants to Watch the World Burn

Dungeon Defenders II - Herald of Embermount
Dungeon Defenders II sure has come a long way from its early less-than-exciting humble beginnings as a premium title, now F2P, and I have a feeling Trendy is just getting started. I mean, their 2016 roadmap still hasn't been fully implemented, even if they have been super busy adding new content to the groovy tower defense / RPG hybrid, the latest of which is - believe it or not - a lavamancer hero. Time to fight fire with fire...
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Speculating Screenshots (13th August 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Vulpine

Vulpine
In Vulpine, survival of the fittest is the name of the game, and I'm not exaggerating. Not in the slightest. You either gather resources and gear up to fight for your life, or… well, perish, falling prey to monsters, a deep, dark dungeon, or something else entirely. Ain't easy being an animal in this harsh world, but who knows - it just might be fun?
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Hack the System: Quadrilateral Cowboy Source Code Released

Quadrilateral Cowboy
Information. In the wrong hands, an extremely potent weapon, and with most of it traversing the always vulnerable road through cyberspace... be careful what you share. That said, in Quadrilateral Cowboy you're actually on the wrong side of the law, believe it or not, in posession of a digital skillset that allows you to choose who you deal with, when, and how much money they're to part with. Time to put that 56.6k modem and an equally powerful laptop to work!
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Bear With Me: Amber’s Brother Is Missing, But Fear Not For Her Teddy Is… a Detective?

Bear With Me
It sucks to have your brother suddenly disappear, no doubt about that, but... relying on yer teddy for help, even if he is a detective? Well, crazier approaches have worked in the past, I suppose. Either way, Bear With Me's protagonist, Amber, is determined to crack this noir-esque case, find her brother, and maybe figure out what the deal is with this "red man" figure who has allegedly been starting fires across Paper City. Very determined. Oh boy.
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Speculating Screenshots (6th August 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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At a Glance: PAX Aus 2016’s Indie Showcase Winners

Mini Metro
Did you know that later this year, PAX will be heading to the southern hemisphere when the expo kicks off another weekend of awesomeness in Australia? No? Then you probably weren't aware of the groovy Indie Showcase either, of which the winners for PAX Aus 2016 have been found. And if you already knew about it all, well, consider this a grand reminder! Now, about those winners...
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You Can’t Kill the Metal: Slain! Overhauled and Relaunched as Slain: Back from Hell

Slain: Back from Hell
Slain! could have been great, and quite frankly, it really should have been. Unfortunately, as critics and fans alike will tell ya, Slain! was anything but, when it launched earlier this year. But that was then, this is now, and thanks to a dedicated developer who listened to feedback, the hard-as-nails 16-bit metal-infused side-scroller has somehow managed to rise from the ashes, reborn as a proper great game.
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