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AdventureX 2018 Opens Applications for Speakers, Exhibitors, Volunteers (Also, Kickstarter)

Told ya back in May that it was returning, so it's your own fault if you end up without a ticket to what is bound to be an absolutely phenomenal event, when AdventureX 2018 opens its doors in London, this November. Now that we're a bit closer to kickoff, a Kickstarter has been launched, and with it, applications for speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. Groovy stuff!
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Double Feature: INSIDE and LIMBO Hitting Switch On the Same Day, and Soon!

LIMBO and INSIDE may not have much in common in terms of story or visual aesthetic (okay so maybe a bit on the aesthetic), but both are 2D platformers, created by Playdead, seriously unnerving experiences, and... they'll be on Switch quite soon. Phew. Nintendo's pretty much destroying the competition in terms of indie support at this point, and I for one could not be happier!
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Dungeon Defenders II: Protean Shift Expansion Is Free, Awesome, Bit of a Game Changer

Everything old is new again in the latest - and greatest - Dungeon Defenders II expansion, Protean Shift. Everything. So much has changed, I'm not going to be able to cover everything in this article, or it would be several thousand words long. I will highlight some of the latest changes/additions to the popular tower defense, however. Oh, and just like the game, the expansion... is free!
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Point ‘n Click to Clear Your Father’s Name In My Burden to Keep, a 1940s Murder Mystery

The year is 1941, sun's barely showing, and... the mayor - James Scott - has been murdered! In his home, of all places, by your father of all people. Or so the authorities believe, but surely there's more to it in My Burden to Keep, right? One way to find out in this point 'n click adventure, which has you playing not only the part of detective Francis Dale, but also Gabriel Heinrich, son of the murder suspect.
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From Skyrim Mod to Stand-Alone: The Forgotten City Features a Murder Mystery… Across Time

It's not often that we get to experience murder mysteries with a time travelling twist. Not often at all. Much too rare, actually, so I for one am certainly pleased to share with you this little piece of news regarding popular The Forgotten City will be making the leap from Skyrim mod to Unreal Engine 4... soon. Or in other words, it will be a stand-alone indie game, rather than require Skyrim (something I'm sure carries more than a few restrictions, however awesome that darn Elder Scrolls game).
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Path of Exile Is Getting Ready to Party Better Than Ever Before

Over the years, Path of Exile has grown. A lot. To the point where meeting up with other people (in-game) has become... a bit of a hassle. This mostly holds true for newer players though, as these are more likely to have a hard time figuring out where this or that place that their friend is currently wreaking havoc is at. An issue that Grinding Gear Games will be solving in the near future, while also adding several other party-related quality-of-life improvements.
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Not Enough Steam Reviews! December ’17 Edition

For those wondering why this edition is a week late, well, I've been trying to come up with some way to restructure it... in light of Valve's recent idiocy. I'm sure you've heard how they "decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling". Yeah. Unfortunately, best I could come up with was to continue the way I always have (and focus on potentially great new Steam releases alongside Not Enough Steam Reviews!, now more than ever). That said, the show must go on, so here we go!
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PROCJAM Summer Is Getting Ready to Make the Sun Shine… Procedurally

https://cartrdge.com/atlas/procedural-generation
Can you make something? Well, of course you can, but... can you make something that makes something? Because then you're all set for PROCJAM, a jam with a focus on just that: making something that makes something. Too obscure? Essentially, what's on the menu here is 'procedural generation' - content created from an algorithm, basically. Oh, and this edition of PROCJAM comes with a summer twist (of sorts)!
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Fighting Fantasy Classics, the Ever-Expanding Gamebook Collection, Awaits On Steam

To say that Tin Man Games are a busy bunch would be an understatement. See, not only are they working on bringing their reimagining of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to Switch, but just recently, the desktop version of Fighting Fantasy Classics saw the light of day too. No time like the present to be a Fighting Fantasy fan, that's for sure, and hey... first one's free!
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Mega Man Inspired 20XX Heading For Consoles Next Month

While not as popular as its inspiration, 20XX has enjoyed quite the success still, both during and after leaving Early Access on Steam. Good thing too, seeing how its upcoming console ports probably wouldn't have happened, had the roguelike action platformer flopped. But it didn't, and as such, the dream of having 20XX on Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4... is about to come true!
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Crime Code

In a way, I'm kinda glad to not be living in Crime Code's version of New Chicago. I mean, it is "the first Internet city", which is an undeniably big deal. But at the same time... everything - and everyone(!) - is part of a global network. Needless to say, this is simply a recipe for disaster, which is where you come in, a cynical detective who's come to town right in the middle of the 1970s Mayor election.
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GameMaker Creator YoYo Games Launches Publishing Division

If you're a GameMaker developer interested in signing up with a publisher who also has strong ties to the engine, you're in luck. If not... chances are this piece of news won't be quite as exciting. What I'm getting at is that just yesterday, YoYo Games - creator of GameMaker - launched a new publishing division, and one which "will focus on bringing GameMaker games to the masses" at that.
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From Prototype to Early Access: Raft Kicks Off Grand Oceanic Adventures (With Friends)

Traversing the ocean can be quite a hazardous experience - even more so when all you have is a raft and... nothing else. Although obviously that's just the beginning, and if your goal is to survive more than a couple of days, you'll want to make the most of what else may be floating out there in the great big blue. Oh, and it's dangerous to go alone on this here Raft, so bring friends!
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CommanderVideo is Ready to Jump, Dash, Slide and Glide to the Beat in Runner3

Once upon a time, a developer by the name of Gajin Games (now Choice Provisions) blessed us with an incredible take on the auto-runner in the form of BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (a mouthful, that title). It was an amazing game and a huge step up from its precursor, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, which in itself was a rather groovy experience. But that was then, this is now, and CommanderVideo is ready to jump, dash, slide and glide once more, in Runner3.
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Safe House Is Your Best Bet at Running a 1960s Spy Business… Today

Numerous games already lets us play as a secret agent of sorts, some even as James Bond himself. But ones that actually has us running an agency? I'm honestly not sure any exist. Safe House does just that though, complete with day-to-day activities, ensuring revenue is generated, and... there's even a non-linear plot in place, allowing you to pretty much craft your own spy adventure. Oh, and the entire experience is pretty much straight out of the 1960s.
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AdventureX 2018 Bringing Narrative-Driven Gaming to Central London This November

Seven years. Seven years in a row, London has played host to the awesome thing known as AdventureX; and like last year, I'll be attending once more. Just saying. You've been warned! But seriously, for those not in the know, the expo/convention is all about narrative-driven gaming (hence the title) and there will be games to play, developers to talk to - all that good stuff!
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FAR: Lone Sails Embarks On a Journey of Discovery Across… “a dried-out seabed”?

Back in 2016, I covered the reveal of FAR, fingers crossed that it would soon hit digital storefronts. As 2017 came and went, I was starting to lose faith. But then, out of nowhere, just yesterday... FAR - now FAR: Lone Sails - popped up on Steam, finally allowing curious explorers to set sail and experience the journey across, well, "a dried-out seabed" (according to its creator). Groovy stuff.
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May Your Joy-Cons Never Fail: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is Coming to Switch

Hard to believe it's already been three years since Tin Man Games' reimagining of classic Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, was kickstarted; and the game's only gotten better since, courtesy of a mix of free updates and premium DLC. But that was then, this is now, Nintendo's latest console is kicking you-know-what, as I'm sure The Warlock of Firetop Mountain will too, come launch.
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At a Glance: Finalists of the 2017 XYZZY Awards (Second Round Voting!)

I know what you're thinking, and yes, I am addicted to all things interactive fiction. As such, with the first round of voting on the 2017 XYZZY Awards over... I'd be crazy not to let everyone know that... the second awaits! Time to hit the virtual booths again - or whatever you use for these things - and cast yet more votes. Your vote does matter! (No really, it does, and a lot at that.)
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Nintendo’s Getting Ready to Flood the Japanese Switch eShop With Indie Titles

There's crazy cooking shenanigans going on in Overcooked, the life of a farmer to live in Stardew Valley, and a crazy prison break-ish thingie happening in The Escapists 2. Very groovy stuff, but... eh, those games have nothing in common, right? Well as of late last week, they actually do, seeing how the lot was part of a recent reveal bound for the Japanese Switch eShop.
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