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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Of Graveyard and Portals


Stumbled upon this indie (Independent) game the other day on steam.

About the game :

The Graveyard is a very short computer game. You play an old lady who visits a graveyard. You walk around, sit on a bench and listen to a song. It's more like an explorable painting than an actual game. An experiment with poetry and storytelling but without words.

Intriguing. But the 2nd line caught my attention;

Buying the full version of The Graveyard adds only one feature, the possibility of death. The full version of the game is exactly the same as the trial, except, every time you play she may die.

WTF..?

Couldn't pass this game up so I downloaded the demo and tried it out. Then as I played thru, it struck me on why the developer would implement such a function. SHE MOVES AWFULLY SLOW. Touche' you sneaky Indie devs.

As for the rest of the gameplay, you'll have to try it out yourself ;)

The Graveyard can be downloaded at http://store.steampowered.com/app/27020/ you need to download and install the Steam client beforehand though.

System Requirements

o Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP or Vista
o Processor: 1.5 Ghz
o Memory: 256 MB
o Hard disk space: 50 MB
o Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce™ or ATI™ Radeon® Video Card (no integrated graphics)
o Sound: Any sound
o DirectX® Version: 9.0c




Oh also from now until the 25th of May, Steam is giving free copies of Portal to commemorate their expansion to Mac platforms.

http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/

About the game;

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

Portal
won several awards since its release:
  • At the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards, Portal won Game of the Year, along with the Innovation Award and Best Game Design.[92]
  • IGN.com honored Portal with several awards, for Best Puzzle Game for PC[93] and Xbox 360,[94] Most Innovative Design for PC,[95] and Best End Credit Song (for "Still Alive") for Xbox 360,[96] along with overall honors for "Best Puzzle Game"[97] and Most Innovative Design.[98]
  • In its Best of 2007, GameSpot honored The Orange Box with 4 awards in recognition of Portal, giving out honors for Best Puzzle Game,[99] "Best New Character(s)" (for GLaDOS),[100] "Funniest Game",[101] and Best Original Game Mechanic (for the portal gun).[102]
  • Portal was awarded Game of the Year (PC), Best Narrative (PC), and Best Innovation (PC and console) honors by 1UP.com in its 2007 editorial awards.[103]
  • GamePro honored the game for Most Memorable Villain (for GLaDOS) in its Editors' Choice 2007 Awards.[104]
  • Portal was awarded the Game of the Year award in 2007 by Joystiq,[105] Good Game,[106] and Shacknews.[107]
  • The Most Original Game award by X-Play.[108]
  • In Official Xbox Magazine's 2007 Game of the Year Awards, Portal won Best New Character (for GLaDOS), Best Original Song (for "Still Alive"), and Innovation of the Year.[109]
  • In GameSpy's 2007 Game of the Year awards, Portal was recognized as Best Puzzle Game,[110] "Best Character" (for GLaDOS), and "Best Sidekick" (for the Weighted Companion Cube).[110]
  • A.V. Club called it the Best Game of 2007.[111]
  • The webcomic Penny Arcade awarded Portal Best Soundtrack, Best Writing, and Best New Game Mechanic in its satirical 2007 We're Right Awards.[112]
  • Eurogamer gave Portal first place in its Top 50 Games of 2007 rankings.[113]

So there's no excuse on not getting it. Totally recommended due to it's unique gameplay as well as storyline with a twist to its ending.

Also you'll finally get in to "The cake is a lie" joke that's been going around the web for ages.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GO GET IT NAO! Yes I'm talking to you sam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/

The steam client is required as well, download the client at : http://cdn.steampowered.com/download/SteamInstall.msi

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