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Speculating Screenshots (28th January 2017)

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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In a Quaint Little Town, Memoranda Spins a Surreal Tale of Inexplicable Loss

Most people will encounter loss throughout their lives, and several times at that. Few cases are, fortunately, as severe as that of Memoranda's protagonist, as she... is losing her memory. Bit by bit, to the point where her very name is fading into oblivion - almost as if it never existed. Were she the only person in town currently in the process of slowly, but surely, losing something, one might chalk it up to a mental issue, but that's not quite the case, as other people are experiencing something similar! Just what is going on here?
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Lost Answers Impressions: Will the Killing of a Clown Bring Tears of Joy?

There's no denying it: in Lost Answers, you play the role of a killer; or so the game would have you believe, but is that really the case? Did you actually murder the dead guy in your apartment, or is something far more sinister going on? Whatever the case (get it?), your best bet - at this point - is to enlist the aid of a mysterious stranger. Unfortunately, the price for his help is for you to... kill a clown. A rather uncanny pointy and clicky mystery, this one...
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION

It all began with the arrival of an alien object which has since come to be known as the Penrose. This monolith arrived, seemingly from out of nowhere, and as they're known to do, scientists immediately jumped at the opportunity to explore it, forever changing the course of mankind. That is, until an odd line of text was discovered inside. Text written by Mark Leslie, one of BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION's two protagonists. But how? And just what does "I WILL FIX THIS" mean? And again, how?! Cue dramatic music...
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Speculating Screenshots (21st January 2017)

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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Nighthaw-X3000 SHMUPs the 80s With a Rockin’ Soundtrack and… Much Neon

Remember a time when music was all synth-y and neon colors reigned supreme in entertainment? Actually, that may not be a super accurate representation of the 80s, but Nighthaw-X3000 is like that - a shoot 'em up straight out of the distant past; a blast from the past, if you will. Oh, and like so many video games of yesteryear, this too features a "truly murderous difficulty", because why not? Shoot, dodge, survive, or get blown up and start all over. Glorious!
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Read Only Memories Becomes 2064: Read Only Memories With Massive Update

Several years ago, a cyberpunk adventure by the name of Read Only Memories was released, and there was much rejoicing. So much, in fact, that MidBoss, its creator, decided to continue working on that same game - work that recently turned into a pleasant surprise for both early adopters and newcomers: a massive content addition! One so big that it triggered a change of the game's name to reflect upon the... futuristic... features?
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday by Partaking In the Canada 150 Game Project Jam

Seeing how 2016 was kinda... well, not so great, hopefully, a lot of awesome things will happen in 2017, and one of them is actually right around the corner. More or less. Okay so it's not until July, but that won't stop Dust Scratch Games from hosting a celebratory country-wide game jam next month. The jam will conclude on Canada Day though, so in a way, it kinda makes sense, ya know? Kinda.
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Speculating Screenshots (14th Janury 2017)

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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In room13, Your Face Hangs in the Balance Between Life and Undeath

Who doesn't love a house full of zombies? I suppose it's slightly less enticing if you're actually trapped in it, which is the case for room13's protagonist... but hey, that's what guns are for! Guns which are plentiful in this gorefest of a 2D platformer, provided you're able to acquire the parts required for assembly. Until then, you'll just have to blast the undead with rather basic arms, hopefully stopping them from eating what little is left of your face in the process.
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In BOOR, Against a Murderous AI, Physical Multiplication Will Be Your Greatest Strength

Crash, boom, bang - those are not the sounds of a ship landing safely, as planned, on Eden. They are however those made by that of BOOR's protagonist, a young girl, who, incidentally, is also the only hope this place has. Oh, did I forget to mention that an AI - a malfunctioning one at that - is pretty darn determined to wreak havoc across the entire planet? Yup. Why? Only one way to find out!
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Give It Up For the 2017 Indie Games Festival Finalists!

January's a great month, really. Not only do we get to enjoy the lengthy speedrunning marathon charity, Awesome Games Done Quick, but... it's also when the new year's IGF finalists are found, and this time's no exception - on either front. Like last time, we're looking at a mix of well-known titles and, well, let's just say I feel like the rest should be more familiar to me (and you!) than they are, based on a quick glance. Such a groovy assortment.
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Speculating Screenshots (7th Janury 2017)

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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The Rainsdowne Players: Opening Night Hits the Stage With a Disgruntled Audience

Throwing various items at bad performers is a thing. Or rather, it used to be. Thankfully mankind is more, well, civilized in this day and age. Unless you're the poor duo trying to put on a show in The Rainsdowne Players: Opening Night, as here, you'll have to dodge all kinds of objects from a disgruntled crowd. Everything from bottles to paper planes will be sent your way, adding to the already challenging aspect of entertaining random strangers. The definition of 'tough crowd', really.
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MAGGIES 2016: Show Some Love For Your Favorite MAGS of Yesteryear

While you’re likely familiar with – or have at least heard of – either Unity, Unreal Engine, CryEngine or Lumberyard, how about… Adventure Game Studio? I mean, while titles made with that one may be few and far between, aspiring developers do buckle down to create new ones for the MAGS jam every single month. Awesome games too, for the most part. Games which you should totally play, and not just because of MAGGIES 2016. But also because of MAGGIES 2016. Did I mention MAGGIES 2016 yet? Twelve months, twelve rounds of MAGS, twelve winners, and now it’s time to find out just who gets to add a virtual MAGGIES
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Speculating Screenshots (31st December 2016)

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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Who Needs a Referee When You Can Have Karate Basketball?

After playing a few rounds of Karate Basketball, I'm left wondering if its creators are completely bonkers, brilliant, or a bit of both. Probably the latter, as mixing the two sports are surprisingly entertaining! I mean, why settle for playing by the rules to acquire the ball when you can punch and kick instead? Oh, and passing the ball doesn't mean you're safe from a beatdown either, even though… it kinda should. Or should it?
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