Farewell for now

I had not expected WALK, LOOK, TALK, ASK, PICKUP, GABRIEL to be anything but my own personal video game journal, though some interest was shown by outside readers. Nonetheless, some aspects of its essence seemed to appeal to others, and because of this, I am thankful. I wish I could play and write about video games much more than I have (or do). Unfortunately, there are only 168 hours in a week, and the time has come to say goodbye to this blog. I am on to new and better things – and in my estimation, more substantive – and I must put my time into these others activities, and sacrifice something. This blog is such a sacrifice.

I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Keep playing games. Keep thinking about what makes games special. Keep analyzing everything. And don’t ever believe that games are just silly nonsense for children. They are not.

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Game Watch: Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

Unravel the conspiracies enshrouding the turmoil-ridden city of Ombre in Masquerada, a tactical action RPG set in a lush 2.5D Venetian fantasy world of masks and magic. Players will follow the trails of the Inspettore, Cicero Gavar, who returns from exile to solve a kidnapping that threatens to bring Ombre’s chaos to a boiling point.

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Game Watch: Serpent in the Staglands

A 90s CRPG in every way but the release date, Serpent in the Staglands is a campaign within the world of Vol, a fully realized setting inspired by the late bronze age in a Transylvanian landscape, with unique politics, races and gods steeped in history. Featuring a chosen party of five, you take the role of Necholai, a minor god of a celestial body, who descends to the Staglands for a moonlit festival only to find his way home blocked and immortality slipping out of his grasp. Seeking answers and aid, he takes on a mortal body and the guise of a traveling Spicer.

While the game rolls the dice for you, you’ll traverse the Staglands on a path narrated by your own wits and choices. A true role-playing experience, Serpent in the Staglands doesn’t hinder your adventure with auto-populating map markers, checklist quest grinding or rigid story exposition. You’ll put the pieces of the puzzle together, and with different ending scenarios and closed off areas of the game based off actions, you’ll want to play it more than once.

Use your own wits to examine maps, decipher languages, decode runes and figure out how to kill the unkillable.

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Game Watch: Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

Amid lingering political turmoil, the first and only female empress of China, Wu Zetian rises to power. Within months of her ascension to the throne, murmurs of discontentment and revolution swell as detractors and enemies begin plotting against her. It is against this backdrop that our protagonist, newly appointed investigating magistrate Di Renjie, must solve a gruesome series of murders–which will lead him on a collision course with the Imperial court and the empress herself.

Will our young detective overcome his own inner demons and his allegiance to the previous emperor? What is the connection between the murdered courtesans and the capital’s many political secrets? YOU must uncover the truth…

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Game Watch: Therefore

The Wanderer wakes up in the First Realm, he finds it fading away, being torn apart and consumed by The Degradation. Inside his head the voices are whining: “Save The First Realm”

But The Wanderer has lost his memories and his voice. The only thing he can do is wander, exploring the First Realm searching for answers, about himself, about what is menacing the reality.

With no memories and no voice, but with a great power pounding inside him, The Wanderer will soon discover that he is capable of amazing feats.

The player, while using The Wanderer, will be able to extract The Essences which shapes everything in The Realm and all his inhabitants, store them and mixed them to forge special items that will help him in the adventure, and if something goes wrong, he would use the Memento Mori to reset the day and learn from his mistakes.

But be warned! This day it is the last life day of The Realm, The Wanderer must be ready before confront the End of the Tangle and a lot of paths will open in front of him, a lot of choices, you will be his guide, the end of this story will depend on you.

The story about all of us.

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Titan Souls demo

So I just played through the Titan Souls demo. All I can say is this is going to be a challenging game. Wow. So challenging. The music, graphics, and atmosphere are exceptional. I’m very pleased with how everything comes together. I think I will take the game’s advice, when I play through the entire game, and use a game controller rather than my keyboard.

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Save the Date (2013)

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Have you ever had a date that concludes in disaster? You know, the sort that ends with death by fatal wounds, fantastical creatures engulfing an entire restaurant, or meteorological calamities.

If you haven’t, well then you’re in for a treat.

Save the Date is a spurious, humorous, wild, calamitous title. I have not laughed out loud at a game in a long time. However, I have to qualify exactly what I mean. This isn’t a funny game, per se. Rather, Save the Date is a game that takes itself, its medium, as well as its audience and their expectations very lightly. Prepare yourself for layers and layers of meta-humor.

Honestly, I was sad when it was over (though is it ever really over?) because the game left such a warm and indelible impression on me. It was a little gimmicky, but the gimmick was cute; it was aimed at perceiving the experience of playing a game based around decision-making as fleeting, and it took complete liberty in deconstructing the whole event. I found this very refreshing.

If you are wanting to experience a game that you will not quickly forget, play Save the Date, and consider what it means to play a game.

Save the Date is brought to you by Chris Cornell (no, not the lead singer of Soundgarden).