PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Some highlights for you:Has a game ever felt like it's become your job?What game made you really, really fucking think about life?What videogame enemy scared you the most?Please stop yelling at Steven. He's sensitive. And anyway, he said he liked World of Warcraft Classic. But his crime, to some, was also saying that it was boring, and even though he meant it in a good way, fans of classic WoW readied their swords to protect their ward.We get it. Everyone has that one game they love unconditionally, and that they'll always stand up for when someone takes a jab. Others may hate it, and hell, their criticism might be valid, but that won't stop you dying on your hill of choice again and again.Those passionate WoW fans inspired this week's question: What game will you always defend to the death? We took it to the PC Gamer Club Discord server, where PC Gamer's editors and Club members weighed in on their unconditional loves. Let … [Read more...] about What game will you defend no matter how many people are against you?
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Disco Elysium (formerly known as No Truce With The Furies) is shaping up to be ridiculously good. It’s an upcoming RPG that slips you into the shoes of a detective in a hardboiled urban fantasy world, where combat happens through dialogue and your internal monologue can be both a hindrance and a help. Your skills have their own personalities and sometimes wrestle control away from you, while you can choose to internalise certain thoughts, thus changing who your character is and what they can do. It’s absolutely fascinating, and I mean it when I say the hour or so I’ve played also contains the best writing I’ve ever seen in a video game (several other RPSers are thrilled by it too, as discussed on our recent podcast). To find out more about Disco Elsyium’s special sauce, I sat down with design and writing lead Robert Kurvitz at Rezzed to chat about its pen and paper origins, encouraging tenacious behaviour, rewarding players who want to fail and why most … [Read more...] about “We accommodate for every stupid thing that you wanna do”
First Reformed is a disaster movie where the dread of Earth’s slow-drip destruction weighs on the protagonist’s, and the audience’s, shoulders. It’s a fantasy film in the sense that a spiritual mind is capable of transcendence (or in this case, astral projection). One could call it a horror movie, too: Toller (Ethan Hawke), the minister of a Revolution-era chapel in upstate New York, finds himself haunted by the death of his son, the capitalistic tendencies of a nearby megachurch and the plight of Mary (Amanda Seyfried), who recently lost her conservationist husband. The scares, bleeding out of his unraveling, are psychological, yet supernatural — not unlike The Bible. Watching the film, out now in theaters, is like witnessing an accomplished mathematician scribble down the solution to a chalkboard-sprawled equation. The scholar at work is Paul Schrader, who wrote the screenplays for four timeless Martin Scorsese films (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last … [Read more...] about Paul Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver, is back with First Reformed. We talked to him about God and horror, and his thoughts might change the way you watch movies.
Despite all the zombie bites, eerie visions, and, yes, that bloody helicopter, The Walking Dead season 8 seems to reach out and grab that extra little bit of quality when it quietens down. Case in point: dearly departed Carl and his letters to both Negan and his dad, Rick. We’ve already seen what Carl wrote to Negan, but what about his father? You can wait until next week or, if you like, find out right now. How about that?At the end of The Walking Dead season 8, episode 14, Rick finally decided to read Carl’s final message, one that he has been putting off for so long. I’m guessing he wishes he hadn’t. It’s a real tear-jerker. The scenes, from the opening minutes of episode 15, is above and soon to be available on the AMC site for US users, with the full, agonising transcript available below. Be warned: it’s super long.I remember my 8th birthday at the KCC with that giant cake and Aunt Evie showing up on leave surprising all of us. I remember Mom. I … [Read more...] about Read Carl’s full (heartbreaking) letter to Rick from The Walking Dead season 8 episode 15
Skyshine’s Bedlam [official site] (that awkward prefix is because a first-person shooter named Bedlam is already on Steam) is a team-based roguelike in which you drive a giant APC across a post-apocalyptic desert, getting into regular turn-based fights and trying not to run out of food and fuel. It’s out today. A list of games which have made me swear the most: 5) Syndicate (original) After two decades of unabashed f-bombing, I’m trying to curb the frequency and volume of my bad language, given I share the house with a two year old who currently seems capable of imitating anything instantly. Bedlam destroyed my good intentions, and the air has lately been bluer than a vaguely avant-garde musical stageshow starring men with painted faces and bald caps. It’s The Banner Saga does FTL does Mad Max, but it seems to have combined all three of those things’ cruel streaks: the regularity of loss and punishment, and the sheer number of balls to juggle, makes it a … [Read more...] about Wot I Think: Skyshine’s Bedlam