This is GameClub: Intermission , where we play some short games together and talk about them.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our inaugural GameClub: Intermission event. If everyone enjoyed playing the first Lone Wolf adventure “together”, then we can certainly return to the series in future and play the next book.
If you have suggestions for games we should play during GameClub: Intermission, please drop your suggestions in the What should we play? (GameClub: Intermission suggestions) topic. I will take a look at the suggestions, and try to include them in a future event.
However, for the next two weeks I would like to share with you one my guilty pleasures: hacking games. I’ve become a bit of a hacking game aficionado over the years (if I do say so myself), and I thought it would be fun to have a GameClub where there are several games folks can play. That way, if you don’t like one of the games, there are others you can try.
What is GameClub?
GameClub is like a book club for games. We get together and play a game (and now: several games) over a specific period. From the start to the finish. Sometimes there are awards that gets displayed on your profile.
You will have from today until 13 October (2019) to finish these games and demos. You will receive credit for each one completed.
Without further adieu, here are my picks for GameClub: Intermission.
Digital: A Love Story — https://scoutshonour.com/digital/
Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I’ve tested it on Windows 10 and it works. I remember that I had to do some jiggling with the game engine to get the game to work on Linux.
Digital is a game developed by Christine Love, of Love Conquers All Games. It is built on a interactive fiction / visual novel engine called Ren.Py, and it completely subverted my expectations of not only what such an engine could do, but what interactive fiction could be.
You might be put off by the term “interactive fiction” or “digital novel” or whatever they’re called. Don’t be. This is an excellent hacker-themed mystery.
IO Interloper (only demo available)
A fantastic idea for a hacking game. This game is still in development and this is a pre-alpha demo.
I first discovered Mainlining when it was in an alpha state on Itch. It has since launched on Steam and the Nintendo Switch.
You don’t have to buy the game to participate in this Intermission. Simply finish the demo, which is available on Steam, or Itch.io.
Sadly there is no demo available on the Switch.
Code 7 (demo)
As with Mainlining, I discovered Code 7 when only its free episode was available. Every so often I go back and see if a new episode is available.
Once again, you do not have to buy the game for this Intermission. Simple play the free Episode 0, which is available for PC everywhere (Steam, Humble, Itch… everywhere except GOG.com. it seems).
A message from the curator
The idea here is to give a diverse set of games to enjoy for the duration of this two-week challenge. Please let me know what you think of this idea, and please post as you progress through these games.