May 2015

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May
2015

Completing the Ritual

Posted by Cha

Cordial Minuet is a two-player game inspired by Texas Hold'em poker, but completely skill-based to avoid potential legal issues. The quick tutorial video explains the rules much better than I would.

Most of the coverage doesn't seem to know what to make of Cordial Minuet. Gambling and indie video games don't typically mix. People's reactions might stretch to "that's interesting" but more rarely to "I want to play".

Something Inhuman

Admittedly, if I didn't already know at least something about the game designer Cordial Minuet would be a dubious prospect. The introductory webpage has a deliberately dark, cluttered design featuring occult symbols and magic spells. It reads like mystical get-rich-quick propaganda. It's funny, I think, but that doesn't do much to lighten the mood.

(from June 24, 2014)

Transcript

Hello. I'm Cha and I like splashing about in video games. Today I'm wading into Rehearsals and Returns, which is marketed as a game about conversations that will never take place. It's the latest from Peter Brinson, and I think some of his students out of the University of Southern California.

(from June 9, 2014)

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Hello. I'm Cha and I like splashing about in video games. Today I am wading into Luxuria Superbia by Tale of Tales.

The name comes from the seven deadly sins -- it's the Latin for lust and pride -- but it doesn't have any of the negative connotations of that. Everything's very bright and playful. The lust aspect should become fairly obvious in a second. I feel like pride can easily be an aspect any game with the possibility to win or lose, or to earn a higher score, and I struggle with that gamer pride and ego sometimes. But I get the vibe from this game that it's confident it's coming from a good place, with a healthy kind of pride and... delight I guess.

03
May
2015

Twine of 2015: Part 3

Posted by Cha

Beneath Floes is both a story and an exploration of storytelling; a tale that's about you and not about you at the same time. It lets you inhabit a character for a while and that feels like a privilege rather than a natural right. Inuit folklore is told as part of an oral tradition that naturally changes to some degree with the telling. The relatively modern setting blends the old and new in an ongoing, living mythology.

Beautiful use of sound and images contribute to the experience. I'd have liked more work put into the text formatting but that's just nit-picking. There is careful pacing, sometimes an easy flow using timers, and sometimes agonisingly clicking each individual step towards danger.