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These are your ‘Best In Play’ winners for GDC Play 2017!

GDC organizers have revealed the ‘Best in Play’ awards for exhibitors in the on-site GDC Play 2017 event, honoring remarkable games like Beholder and Far: Lone Sails! …


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Don’t Miss: How to train players right, so they don’t hate learning to play

Designer Mike Stout takes a look at examples of in-game training that skip the boring tutorials and teach players the rules of the game by letting them play the game. …


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Play Xbox Multiplayer For Free This Weekend

Microsoft is allowing all players to play multiplayer on Xbox One and Xbox 360 – whether you have a Gold account or not – for free from February 16 to 19.

Furthermore, you can also play hit titles Rocket League and NBA 2K17 on Xbox One for free over that time.

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Coming to GDC 2017? Play these charming indie games at the Mild Rumpus!

Warm and welcoming indie game collective Wild Rumpus returns to GDC 2017 with games like Burly Men At Sea, One Way Trip, Sacramento and more! …


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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 16 Hours

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

In the first episode we explore the city a little bit, make a friend with a fellow capsule toy collector, and get all our stuff stolen. There's also a lady who forgot to finish getting dressed who really likes her motorcycle. In episode two, we make some progress by giving a hungry guy who loves naps some money, and getting a job that's almost as cool as being a forklift driver. We punch a tree in episode three. In episode four we break a rock with our hand because a homeless porcupine asked us to. In episode five we follow a lady to her apartment in the middle of the day and sleep on her couch. In episode 6 we look for a book. Spoiler alert: we don't find it. In episode seven we calm our revenge nerves by catching some leaves, you know, as one does. In episode eight, we pursue duck races with every ounce of our being. In episode nine, we attend a Fight Club. In episode 10 we achieve something amazing. In episode 11 we punch a tree so hard a duck falls out. In episode 12, we get back to the actual game. I don't remember what we did in episode 13, but I am sure it is entertaining. In episode 14 we fight a caveman for way too long. In episode 15 we spend all the money we spent episode 14 trying to earn. In episode 16, we go to Kowloon and act out that one scene from Once Upon a Time In Mexico.

Stay tuned for more episodes at some point, and leave us lots of comments! We'll probably read yours on the next episode.

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    Come to GDC 2017 and play these 12 games in the Indie Megabooth Showcase!

    The Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is back for GDC 2017 with a lineup of 12 interesting indie games that all conference attendees can play, from Monster Prom to Rogue Process. …


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    Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 15 Hours

    Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

    In the first episode we explore the city a little bit, make a friend with a fellow capsule toy collector, and get all our stuff stolen. There's also a lady who forgot to finish getting dressed who really likes her motorcycle. In episode two, we make some progress by giving a hungry guy who loves naps some money, and getting a job that's almost as cool as being a forklift driver. We punch a tree in episode three. In episode four we break a rock with our hand because a homeless porcupine asked us to. In episode five we follow a lady to her apartment in the middle of the day and sleep on her couch. In episode 6 we look for a book. Spoiler alert: we don't find it. In episode seven we calm our revenge nerves by catching some leaves, you know, as one does. In episode eight, we pursue duck races with every ounce of our being. In episode nine, we attend a Fight Club. In episode 10 we achieve something amazing. In episode 11 we punch a tree so hard a duck falls out. In episode 12, we get back to the actual game. I don't remember what we did in episode 13, but I am sure it is entertaining. In episode 14 we fight a caveman for way too long. In episode 15 we spend all the money we spent episode 14 trying to earn.

    Stay tuned for more episodes at some point, and leave us lots of comments! We'll probably read yours on the next episode.

    Episode 15
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      Top Of The Table – Games To Play With Your Valentine

      Valentine’s Day is coming up, and that likely means a crowded restaurant and overpriced flowers may be on the horizon for many of us. But if you and your partner prefer a quiet and romantic evening at home, you could do a lot worse than laughing and smiling across the tabletop for at least part of your evening. 

      The games below are great picks for couples looking to mix their love for one another with an enthusiasm for great game design, humor, and good conversation. I’ve tried to make a point to include games that fit different styles of play. Maybe you’re both dedicated gamers looking for a new shared game. Or perhaps you’re a non-gamer, and you want to give a gift to your gaming partner that shows you’re interested in their hobby. No matter the situation, I hope you can find something fun to share with each other below.

      I’m posting this story ahead of the holiday, in case you’d like to purchase and work one or more of these games into your plans. But even if these don’t fit into your Valentine’s Day plans,  all these suggestions are all excellent options to enjoy with that special someone on any day of the year.

      And of course, if you have any two-person games you love, make sure to suggest them in the comments below.

      …and then, we held hands.
      Publisher: LudiCreations/Passport Game Studios

      This beautiful and abstract cooperative game is all about a romantic relationship in turmoil. It challenges the two players to work together to win, but here’s the catch; you can’t speak about the game while it’s being played – only non-verbal cues are allowed. Each player moves their own player token around a board to different objective nodes representing states of mind, like angry or happy. The rules demand that each player explore their own emotion cards (which dictate where you can move), but also their partner’s emotions, and try and use the card needed to get to the next desired space. But if either player runs out of options for where to move (as in, they’re emotionally trapped) the game is lost. To win, both players must reach the center, and both must have attained emotional balance, saving the relationship, and enacting the title of the game. "…and then we held hands." is thoughtful, elegant, and a standout pick for any game-loving couple.

      Patchwork
      Publisher: Mayfair Games

      Lots of games offer the chance to kill aliens or go on a heroic quest, but maybe your partner has different interests than high adventure? Patchwork is a stellar two-person competitive game, built around the theme of patchwork quilts. Each player is trying to fill out their own quilt board with Tetris-like patchwork pieces that are drawn from a shared pool. Adding a new patchwork piece demands a certain number of buttons, but those same buttons are also part of how your score is counted when the game concludes. The winning player maintains a healthy supply of buttons, but also fills up their quilt, leaving as few spaces as possible. Patchwork has a fascinating approach to game balance and turns, so that players who take their time and carefully plan their quilt often gain an advantage. By tapping into a lesser used theme, Patchwork has the potential to be an ideal meeting point for two players of varied interests, one of whom might love games, and the other of whom loves crafting. 

      Love Letter
      Publisher: Alderac

      Having a double date with your best friends? Love Letter works great as a two-player game or a four-player experience, and its light and breezy playthroughs are a perfect option for folks who don’t want to get bogged down in a long game. Each of you is a suitor to the Princess, trying to sneak your love letter to her without it being intercepted along the way. Get enough romantic missives through, and you will have won the heart of the young royal. On your turn, you play a card that represents someone close to the Princess. Her best friend, the Countess, can certainly get your letter to the right place, but only if she doesn’t get distracted by the Prince or the King also showing up in your hand. The Priest card knows everyone’s secrets, and lets you look at other players’ hands. And playing the Princess’ Guard might not  get your card to the Princess, but could root out someone else trying to sneak in. Love Letter is whimsical and easy to pick up and play, and a perfect quick game that also happens to explore the Valentine spirit with aplomb.

      Next Page: A great two-person card game for couples looking for something a little less mushy, and the romantic comedy board game


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      Watch Us Play Three Hours Of Nioh

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      At 2 PM CT, join Daniel Tack and some special guest editors as we take on dark action RPG Nioh. We'll be battling Yokai, summoning Guardian Spirits, and answering your questions about the game!

      While some bosses and environments will be spoiled, we're going to play around critical story elements and won't be showing any cutscenes or explicit story content.

      You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch on Thursday, or just tune in using the embedded video below.

       

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      How To Play Nioh

      Team Ninja's dark action/RPG has a ton of moving parts and mechanics. Learning all of the complex systems behind the swing of a katana or the heft of an axe can be intimidating, so we're here to drop some knowledge if you're looking for it. This video does not contain any minor or major spoilers, outside of certain features that may need to be unlocked at various points in the game.

      Join Daniel Tack and Suriel Vazquez on a guided tour through all the menus, shops, and systems that make up the core of Nioh in this video feature.

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