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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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Darkest Dungeon Set to Paint Unnerving Pictures Next Month With The Color of Madness

Just when you thought it was safe to return to the Darkest Dungeon, something like this happens. Then again, 'safe' isn't exactly a word associated with this particular gruesomely difficult RPG-ish experience - in a good way, if that makes any sense. And hey, it's only going to get better/worse (possibly both!) in this here upcoming expansion, The Color of Madness.
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Paint the Perfect Line in Trailblazers and Ride the Color to Slip Past the Competition

Most of the time, racing games are a bit of a mixed bag, either too afraid to try something new and different or... perhaps they lack that ever-important feeling when you hit the track at several hundred miles per hour. Far as I can tell, Trailblazers is both innovative and packs a punch in the immersive speed department too, what with its unique painting mechanic. Yes, painting. No joke.
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Get Tactical In Deep Space With the Steam Marines 2 Alpha

So, remember that brutal squad-based tactical space affair from what feels like an eternity ago, Steam Marines? Well, even if you don't/have yet to play it, I have a feeling you'll be just fine in Steam Marines 2; when you're not getting destroyed by nasty aliens or flushed out an airlock, that is, as I'm almost positive the sequel will be every bit as hardcore (and fun) as its precursor - when it's done.
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