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AC:Origins – Baking bread in Ancient Egypt

AC:Origins is an excellent game with a great story and a very detailed recreation of Ancient Egypt around 50 BCE. But what really struck me were the details of everyday life. I was particularly impressed by the love to detail for the whole process of creating bread in a cone shaped mould.

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Epic store ends PC gaming as we know it

The introduction of exclusivity in the Epic games store in 2018 marked a turning point in PC gaming. Since early 2019, a sharp division in the formerly mostly united and smoothly running PC gaming world has been clearly visible. Early 2019 ended a decade of PC gaming where you could have the “Steam powered” console experience whilst also enjoying the flexibility of PC gaming builds. It ended a decade of easy installs, timely updates, big screen living room ...

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11-11 Memories Retold – Review

11-11 Memories Retold revolves around two WW1 soldiers, one from Germany and one from Canada, that become friends although fighting on opposite sides in the meatgrinder of the western front in WW1. It is a story about the humans on both sides of the war and of how the war takes its toll on fighting and non-fighting alike. Everything is embedded in a unique impressionistic art style and a soundtrack done by a real orchestra.

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Subsurface Circular – Review

Subsurface Circular is one of those games that kept me thinking about the topics it touched long after I put it down. It asks questions about where AI and androids will take our human society; and if those deeply human questions about existence might also be asked by AI in the future.

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Warframe solo or ghost clan layout and forma cost

[Update: 01/19] Building a small clan dojo in Warframe with all research labs, trading post and ascension altar is a valid option for solo players or a small group of players in 7-8 days. The biggest investment will be 14 forma; 12 forma for the rooms and 2 forma for trading post and ascension altar. You can follow the single floor layout below.

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Warframe Radiation Sortie guide

Radiation Harzard Sortie guide

Many tenno struggle with radiation harzard or radiation damage sortie. Once radiation procs on you, you will team kill. And depending on the mission that means you not only kill fellow tenno but also destroy the mobile defense target or kill the operator in defense. Here is how to protect youself and others: Read more

Gorogoa – Review

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Even after a second playthrough of Gorogoa it is still hard to describe what makes this puzzler so unique. The mechanics of Gorogoa’s puzzles actually justify the existence of video games. All puzzles are multi-layered and animation-infused. Everything in Gorogoa is hand-drawn and describes a tragic story with a perfect solemn soundtrack. This is the type of game I would show to people that have never experienced a video game. Read more

Gaming as a hobby in 2018

Gaming as a hobby 2018

I turned 40 this year and I still haven’t stopped playing video games. To the contrary, I reduced my already little TV time once again in favor of gaming and reading. With professional gaming known as esports filling big stations and video game streaming on Twitch as an accepted way to make a living, I thought gaming in 2018 is the new normal. – Within my family and peers at work I still get those pitiful looks when I talk about gaming as a hobby. Read more

Donut County – Review

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The main mechanic in Ben Eposito’s Donut County is letting things and people fall into a movable black hole. The more things and people fall into that hole the bigger the hole gets. The reasons why you would do something like gets explained along your jouney. Story expostion is done in beautful animated scenes with text dialoges. Without too much spoiler: it is all because of the crazy racoons. Read more

The First Tree – Review

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The First Tree takes you on an emotional journey through a gorgeous looking landscape. You take control of a fox that can free roam through different maps where you find story pieces and other collectables. A beautiful piano soundtrack will underscore all important parts of the story. Read more

How I accidently created a radio show archive

Back in 2013 I decided to rebuild my 90s techno vinyl collection because my original records and CDs had been lost over the previous decade. I had no written records about anything I owned. But most of it I knew was played at least once in a radio show called the Steve Mason Experience. By searching the internet for playlists of this underground techno radio show – that ran throughout the 90s – I started a journey that would lead to thousands of hours in research and in building an archive website with 8000 music tracks listed: stevemasonexperience.info Read more

The Fidelio Incident – Review

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The Fidelio Incident is a 2 hour puzzle infused walking simulator. Graphics are gorgeous and realistic. Voice acting and sound are fantastic. The story revolves around a couple that got separated during a plane crash. There are also lots flashbacks describing how the two met in troubled times at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict. Read more

Far From Noise – Review

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Far From Noise is one of those short but charming Indie titles. It asks existential questions through a conversation between the main protagonist and a stag. The graphics are simple but match the brooding mood of the conversations perfectly. The icing on the cake is an excellent soundtrack that reminded me in some parts of Dear Esther. Read more