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Indie Game Maker Contest 2017 Is Well Under Way, Powered by RPG Maker

It's been a couple of years since the Indie Game Maker Contest last caught my eye, but something about this year's outing - which is well under way - just... I don't know. Oh wait, I do know: RPG Maker! I like RPG Maker, even if the engine does have a bit of a bad reputation on Steam (too many lazy and/or unintuitive titles made with it). As such, this is my kind of jam! Oh, and there are cash prices.
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Fed Up Students Have Taken to Protesting in The St Christopher’s School Lockdown

What would you do if your school suddenly implemented an absolutely ridiculous financial ruling? What indeed. While you think about that, here's what the students of the prestigious St. Christopher's school has done: they took control of the school, plain and simple, staging a lock-in protest! Because what could possibly go wrong, when you square off against not only the authorities, but the government too? A lot, as it turns out, in The St Christopher's School Lockdown.
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Re-Enter the Second Dimension: Unity 2017.2 is All About Unity 2D (More or Less)

Like the calendar year, Unity 2017 isn't slowing down, as it took the team less than three months to follow the release of Unity 2017.1 up with Unity 2017.2. Oh, and it's no minor update either, in spite of what the version numbering may lead some to believe, bringing with it a slew of Unity 2D additions, among other things. Most of which are too technical for me to parse properly for this article, but... that's not gonna stand in my way! Fight the power! Or something.
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Turn the Final Page: Light Apprentice – The Comic Book RPG Leaving Early Access Soon

To most, I'm sure the Yhrosian Empire is cherished and treasured. Probably. But even if it is, the world of Ethenia is still in trouble, and... well, those guys are to blame. Entirely. No excuses. They're 100% responsible. This is where Light Apprentice/would-be hero Nate comes into the picture, here to - hopefully - save the day, in this odd blend of comic, gamebook and turn-based RPG. An odd, yet undeniably intriguing blend.
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A Hat in Time’s Adorable Protagonist Dons Mystical Headgear to Even the Odds

In spite of what the above screenshot may depict, A Hat in Time is not about getting stealthy across ropes between rooftops. It is however about hats! Lots and lots of hats, stitched together by its stylish female protagonist - provided the player is able to gather the magical yarn required, in this 3D platformer. Oh, and keep an eye out for Time Pieces while you're at it...
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New Month, New Games: October Expands On-Demand Platform Jump’s Library

For some reason, it feels like Jump launched mere weeks ago. Oh wait, that's because it did! And yet here we are, the lovely people behind said on-demand gaming platform already expanding with more games! The total is now, far as I can tell, a whoopin' 65, and later this month - once Snapshot joins the fray - it will be 66. That's a lot of games for $9.99/month. Groovy stuff. But what was that about new additions?
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Point, Click, Punch and Kick Through Legend of Hand to Reunite a Troubled World

Only one man can restore peace to Legend of Hand's troubled world, using the power of... rap music! Oh right, this one's about Grandmaster Hand, not Grandmaster Flash. My bad. In that case, make that, the power of... martial arts! To make matters worse, Grandmaster Hand has gone missing, and guess who gets to go looking for him in a rather stylish point 'n click adventure? That's right: you do! Wax on, wax off?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Jennifer Wilde – A Point & Click Adventure Game

Paris in the 1920s can be a fun time, a simpler time, one of... well, for French artist, Jennifer Chevalier, murder most foul! The victim? Her father, of all people. Something like this would cause most people to have a mental breakdown, and this might actually have happened to the protagonist of Jennifer Wilde. I mean, to figure out what happened, an attempt is made to communicate with her father's ghost. Needless to say, she does not succeed, bringing the spirit of one ghost of Oscar Wilde into our world instead. Oh boy.
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alt.ctrl.GDC 2018 Is Searching High and Low For Alternative Controlled Games

Question: where do you find the craziest, most obscure, completely bonkers video game controllers, and of course, games created with them in mind? Answer: provided we're staying in the realm of (our) reality, alt.ctrl.GDC, without a doubt. It's been a thing for the past several years, attracting a lovely amount of attention, and from the look of things, 2018 is going to be no different. Yay, unique stuff!
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xkcd Game Jam: Turn Your Favorite xkcd Comic Into a Video Game

So, what's your favorite xkcd comic? Me, I absolutely love the absurdity of 1670. It's just so... "what?!", and really, isn't that the best kind? Oh, and the reason for my question is simple: late November, you'll be tasked with turning your favorite xkcd comic into a video game - provided you feel like partaking in the xkcd Game Jam, that is. If not, well, just do like me and play the results - of which there will hopefully be many! - once the jam is over.
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When It Hits the Fan, Only Some Serious Twin Stick Shootin’ Can Save Mankind

In the year 199X, everything was fine. Until it wasn't, demons, zombies, robots all appearing out of nowhere, pouring out into the streets, wreaking havoc. Oh, and aliens invaded, because why not? Fortunately for mankind, we were (kinda) prepared for a situation like this: enter The Mercenary Twins! These two bad-ass gun-totin' maniacs waited their entire lives for a chance to gun down numerous bad guys. Which is incidentally also your best course of action... When It Hits the Fan!
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Dragonward is Part Resource Management, Part Old-School RPG, and It’s… Rather Odd

In this world, in this day and glorious age of video games, there are role-playing games with a ton of depth, ones that span hundreds of hours featuring super thrilling encounters and gripping stories. There are those, and then... there's Dragonward. Not thereby saying that this is a bad game, but it does seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to the likes of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, in how restricted everything is. Oh, and while it features a complete lack of damsels in distress, there is a mighty fearsome dragon to slay at least!
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Jump Is a Beautiful Thing Which Lets You ‘Stream’ a Slew of Groovy Indie Games

So... the concept of 'cloud gaming' has been around for a while now. Years, actually, several - including Vortex, LiquidSky and Snoost - readily available for playing video games from the comfort of your browser, freeing users from lengthy installations/downloads and overpriced AAA titles. But what about something more indie-centric? This is where recently launched Jump comes into play (get it?), focusing entirely on indie games - which already makes it better than the competition, in my books. Oh, and it already features some genuinely groovy titles!
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Get Gassy, Run as Fast as You Can, and You May be Able to… Escape Doodland

You-know-what has hit the proverbial fan in Escape Doodland, courtesy of Omnomus deciding to stop by. See, this fella is of a particularly nasty variety... the sort that likes to eat the inhabitants of Doodland. Yup. Bit of a problem right there, and no, you don't get to fight him. At least, I don't think so. Far as I can tell, your only means of defense is to run, run, and run some more. Run as fast as you can, aided by said potential Omnomus snacks as you go along. Groovy. Disturbing, but... groovy.
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The Thrilling Conclusion to Bwana and Kito’s The Journey Down Trilogy Is Finally Here

Bwana and Kito, protagonists of The Journey Down - accompanied by the lovely Lina - have come a long way since their humble (and seemingly nonsensical) beginnings in the first chapter. Crazy shenanigans, sneaky trickery and other groovy things took place - all to further their journey towards the fabled Underland. A journey which, courtesy of the recently released finale, we finally get to see the end of. Will it be a happy ending for our intrepid adventurers, or something something Armando Power Company? One way to find out...
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All Cards On Deck: Nowhere Prophet’s Post-Apocalyptic Road to Release Begins With ‘First Access’

These days it seems like every other game enters a lengthy Early Access period prior to reaching that fabled 1.0 milestone. There are many reasons for this, some good, other... pretty bad. But that's a topic for another time. Oh, and Nowhere Prophet is going to do something similar. Only, it's kinda different. See, this particular roguelike deck builder (there's a weird hybrid for ya!) is going for something called... first access? Wait, what?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Dark Devotion

Only doom and gloom awaits in Dark Devotion, as each encounter will put your abilities to the test; knowing when to strike, dodge, block, and perhaps even run away, is essential to surviving the temple. And not just its denizens either. No, this pesky place is also determined to end your existence, and if the first trap doesn't work... maybe the next one will? One should hope not though, as that would mean the game has won. Which would be rather... unpleasant.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: The Devil’s Eight – Stylish Music Driven Boss Rush

Seeing how The Devil's Eight revolves around the nine circles of hell (starting with Limbo, ending with Treachery), that 'eight' part has me ever so mildly confused. Will players be skipping a circle in this relentless musical boss rush, or are we in for some kind of clever twist as we, well, dance with the devil? Either way, according to the developer, this is not your typical rythm-based fighter, in that the player is able to move freely... the music relating more to the actions of one's opponent instead. Rock and roll!
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Avernum 3: Ruined World to Conclude the Exile Trilogy’s Second Remastering in 2018

At this point I'm starting to wonder if there's some unspoken rule regarding fantasy RPGs, how they must take place in a crumbling world. Because that's been the case for so many I've stumbled upon in recent years, and Avernum 3: Ruined World is no exception. It is also the end of Spiderweb Software's Exile trilogy though, so who knows - maybe this one is wrapped up with a 'happily ever after'? Then again, maybe not. Anything is possible in a world this vast.
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All You Can Meat: Klei Reveals Don’t Starve: Hamlet and Don’t Starve Together… Events?

If nothing else, at least we can always rely on Wilson to, well, get into trouble in new places? I mean, his trip to the high seas is a prime example of that (as well as fun times, of course), and now he's stumbled upon a portal to the Pigmen. What could possibly go wrong? Unless of course, everyone's favorite Don't Starve character gets the munchies for some bacon...
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The Fate of Xbox Live Indie Games Is Sealed (and Dated)

Almost exactly two years ago, I shared how Microsoft would be shutting down Xbox Live Indie Games this year. Incidentally, it was revealed just yesterday that the same month - this one, for those of you without a calendar (wait, what?) - will feature that dreadful day. The day after which Xbox 360 owners will no longer be able to purchase games on the platform... and it's right around the corner!
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Zombie or Ghost? Well, in Over My Dead Body (For You) You’re Both… at the Same Time!

I tell ya, video games get weirder every single day, zombies pretty much being part of every other title released. That said, it is pretty rare to actually step into the shoes of one (like in Infectonator : Hot Chase), and even less so, far as ghosts are concerned. But there's hope yet, as Over My Dead Body (For You) solves this particular conundrum... by having the player partake in the role of a zombie and a ghost... at the same time! So groovy.
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This Fall, Interactive Fiction Will be Settled On the Fields of Battle In Dust and Salt

Welcome to Dust and Salt's Sin Lands, a locale in dire need of someone powerful enough to rid it of the Seven High Lords of Murk. Are you going to that would-be hero, or will you fall, leaving your father's death forever unavenged? Every choice you make matters, whether it be on the battlefield or during travels, in this constantly changing classic tale of good against evil. One man - and whatever army he can build - against seemingly impossible odds. Sounds pretty groovy to me.
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Don’t Starve Together Character Addition Revealed, Xbox One Release Imminent

A lot has happened to Klei's horror-esque multiplayer survival hit, Don't Starve Together, since its early days, including the addition of, well, an inn. No really. Oh, and of course, a PlayStation 4 port. This, in no small regard, left Xbox One owners wondering when they would get to experience the awesomeness of working with their friends or, you know, work towards getting them killed. Because the latter is totally possible, and soon... the Xbox crowd will finally be able to experience such fun times. Also, new playable character!
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