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Richard Kain

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Alien: Isolation, Halloween Game?

03 October 2014 - 04:46 PM

The title is nearing release. (next Tuesday) The early reviews are out. And one point of consensus is that Alien: Isolation is survival-horror as hell. It's looking more and more likely that this game will be my go-to Halloween game for the month of October.

 

I've always enjoyed indulging in a little taste of frightening media during the month of October. Perhaps its a natural progression from some of the monster-movie marathons that were regularly aired on TV during my youth. But when October rolls around, I start reaching for the scary stuff.

 

Sadly, most of the upper-tier horror films have already been crossed off my list. This year I'm turning to some of the scary games in my backlog to fill the void. I'll be revisiting Zombie-U, and giving Outlast a try. And if the reviews stay as positive as they have been, I'll be picking up Alien on Tuesday. (or possibly just ordering it off of Steam)

 

What games would the rest of you recommend for a little Halloween-themed gaming? What are your usually go-to games when you want the hair on the back of your neck to stand up?


GOG Galaxy, DRM-free Steam competitor?

05 June 2014 - 10:15 PM

GOG Galaxy platform (via Gamasutra)

 

So apparently, Good Old Games has decided to launch it's own software platform to support and manage the current offerings of their web store/service. The current plan is that there will be client software, some manner of achievement system, and possibly on-line play for supported titles. Whatever this turns out to be will also be DRM free, and entirely optional. Users will still have the option of downloading GOG games from the site itself and running them without ever accessing the service or signing up for a profile.

 

Some news sites are pitching this as a Steam competitor. I think it much more likely that it will be a Steam alternative, especially attractive to anyone who insists on DRM independence and off-line play. I think EA and Origin have a lot more to worry about from this service than Valve.

 

GOG has been a popular Steam alternative for publishing for smaller indie devs. It's quite common for a lot of the big indie titles to find their way onto GOG. Having a service like this will be better for the current GOG user base, and will help to draw more developer support.