Steam Reviews – Quality Control Matters

I saw Depression Quest on HotUKDeals thinking it’d be a good experience on a subject matter that has affected and will effect a lot of people I know. I played it and found the game lacking any real reason for being on Steam in the first place due to naivety and an over-simplistic approach (technically, the game was nothing impressive). It was initially rejected then accepted after a backlash from a certain group of keyboard warriors on Steam Greenlight (Valve’s quality assurance team). Continue reading

Female Indie Dev’s Perspective on the Culture of Intimidation in the Indie Game Dev-Journalism Scene

Exactly my thoughts on the matter.


Why I’m Posting This Anonymously

For someone making claims whose truth is somewhat dependent on my identity, you’re likely wondering why I am keeping that identity hidden. You’ll often hear folks complaining about the harassment of game devs. And while they’re correct that it happens a lot, most of that harassment is just insults and name-calling. Actual threats (direct or implied) make up a tiny fraction of it. With that in mind, consider the response from Zoe Quinn’s friends and supporters to people who spoke up about their personal, lived experiences from interacting with Zoe:




And this and other actions have been enough to create a chilling effect amongst others who would speak out:



To me, the way Zoe’s supporters are trying to suppress (and subtly threaten) those who speak out against her is far more terrifying than any harassment I’ve seen sent Zoe’s way. I’d much prefer random strangers…

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Steam Freebies: Dino D-Day & Woodletree Tree Adventures

For a limited time only, there are currently two Steam giveaways promotions going on.

PC Gamer are giving away Dino D-Day:

[requires facebook – minimal effort]

IndieGala are giving away Woodle Tree Adventures:

[activate account on IndieGala website and link your Steam account, pretty straightforward]

Big bonus, both have trading cards!

Looking Back on the Last Several Months

So my last post here was nearly a year ago…not exactly something I intentionally meant to do. Nevermind, let me catch up.

Since then, I’ve been still gaming just not reviewing things as I once did. Admittedly, most of it spent on FIFA 14 (PS3), a truck load of games on the PS Vita (mainly thanks to the excellent Playstation Plus service) and the odd sessions on Steam. Continue reading

Got a PS Vita!

I finally picked up a PS Vita along with a few games; Mortal Kombat, Rayman Origins and Everybody’s Golf a couple of weeks ago on good old eBay. All of ’em I found to be a bit boring in all honesty. Everybody’s Golf was pretty fun but not fun enough to keep hold of while it had some selling power. I recouped about £20-odd quid making my 3G Vita and it’s 8GB memory about £100. Continue reading

Site Update: Refocus

It’s been almost a year now since I last posted. I was planning on carrying on posting various articles last year but other more pressing issues popped up. First, Valve’s addictive virtual hat economy which I’ve sort of left since the better half of last year and then finally prioritizing a few things in the real world.

Having said all that, here I am, not sure exactly what to do. My interest in RPG Maker games has never been so low, I occasionally drift into the usual sites which have remained loyal to the scene unlike myself. I’ve not touched a RPG Maker since the last review I wrote up here and that was over a year ago. I don’t think I’ll start playing those games anytime soon so I’ll need to refocus my articles elsewhere.

I had a quick glance at my blog’s stats, WordPress gives a good breakdown on what I did right and it seems Skyrim with all it’s trouble is the most popular topic here even though I briefly mentioned a few things I had trouble with. These bugs have not yet been fixed officially and the game has been out for over a year now. Such is the pile of trash that Bethesda released that fall.

The theme I’m using has added an annoying footer whenever you scroll so I’ll have to either change it or try to just ignore it. For now I’ll leave it as it is.

Finally, I purchased Playstation Plus for a couple of years when Deus Ex: Human Revolution was on there, such a brilliant game. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece when I first saw it but it instantly became the best PS3 game I played. I doubt any other game will top it in the PS3’s shelf-life.

Until my next post (hopefully not in almost a year’s time again), cheerio.

Spiral Knights: Missions Impressions

It’s been a while since I played Spiral Knights (or posted here). Usually I would just log onto craft something and leave, I lost any incentive to carry on fighting the same old enemies day after day. To freshen things up, Three Rings recently released a big update which includes the much anticipated missions to flesh out the game plot and give rewards to the players based on that. Continue reading