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A choir sang the Civilization 4 theme song on America's Got Talent

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If you ever played Civilization 4 you'll know Baba Yetu, the theme song for the game.

It's the work of composer Christopher Tin, who ended up winning a Grammy for the song and in the process, Civilization 4 became the first video game to win a Grammy.

Now, it's another first for Baba Yetu, which has starred in America's Got Talent.

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AineLindae
18 days ago
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This is amazing.

OMDO is what happens when you turn DOOM into a Magic Eye puzzle

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Go cross-eyed.

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AineLindae
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No they didn't. Oo

RPGs can become much more “radical” but hardcore players are “resistant to change”, says Obsidian

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Josh Sawyer, design director at Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian, would like to see the RPG genre evolve radically beyond its current state.

Stats and combat systems shouldn’t define the role-playing game, said Sawyer, although he admitted he has been complicit in creating games that stick to an accepted template.

“The hardcore RPG audience is very traditional,” said Sawyer at Reboot Develop this week, discussing the evolution of genres.

“Fans tend to skew towards the more hardcore cases and they tend to be fairly resistant to change. I don’t want to paint too broad of a stroke there but RPGs can be a lot more than we have done with them so far. There’s much more than we can do and its much more radical.

“I’m also contributing to the problem,” he added. “Pillars of Eternity 1 and 2 are very traditional role playing games. But the genre can go in a number of different directions it’s just a matter of framing the project size and things that meet up in the same place.”

For Sawyer, role-playing games are defined by the player’s ability to alter the storyline of the game through his or her actions, rather than the amount of stat tweaking or hit points a player delivers in combat.

“So many games use RPG elements, stat progression and characteristics that are defined by those in RPGs. I start to question about whether that is the heart and soul of what a role-playing game is about,” he said.

“The way that I work on role-playing games, they tend to be more about playing a character that has a range of personalities and a way of going through a story that changes that story in a very significant way. The amount to which things like statistics or combat systems interact with that, really can be much more fluid.

He pointed to Bethesda’s success with Fallout and The Elder Scrolls games as examples of a developer taking role-playing games in a different direction.

“The traditionalists probably get angry about this stuff, but Bethesda’s RPGs are very different from isometric RPGs.

“They’re much more action orientated, much more focused on the immersive experience. That shows there’s more room for RPGs to grow than just to be what they were 20 years ago. It’s really a matter of finding an audience that matches up with that,” he added.

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AineLindae
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I pretty much agree with Mr Sawyer here. I've long hoped for a roleplaying game that lets go of the conventions of stats and combat and focuses on player expression and feedback to that from the game.

Gunpoint, Heat Signature dev teases XCOM-like battlemage strategy game

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I cast gun.

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AineLindae
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Oh yes. I'm on board with this.

This perfectly horrifying Twitter bot combines erotica and video games

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The problem with Twitter, people always say, is that it’s too good. Everything on Twitter is just too wonderful. If only someone could somehow make Twitter horrifying enough that you instinctually threw your phone across the room upon loading the app, we could get our lives back. Friends, consider this problem solved. Game designer Liz England has created @vg_erotica, a Twitter bot which combines romance novel excerpts with video game references, and every time it tweets I hear myself cry “Oh no!” aloud. It is beautiful in its dreadfulness. Workplace warning: this post contains awful sexiness. (more…)

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AineLindae
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"Git gud" indeed.

The Dutch Are Coming To Civilization VI

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Another of my favourite Civ V factions will be returning to Civ VI next year, with the Dutch accidentally revealed a little early on local TV.

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AineLindae
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Yay for the Dutch in Civ 6! :D
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