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Dix
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Steerpike said
(Evil laugh)

My diabolical plan to fool Dix has succeeded...or has it??

New guess: it's Diablo.  I'm not going to say what evidence I have, but suffice to say Steerpike has a tell.

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Ahem. So this one was online for a leeetle bit longer than usual.

  1. Ancient Space
  2. The Fall
  3. Gorky-17 (this was Odium in the U.S. - an early Adrian Chmielarz product)
  4. Orion Prelude (shoot at dinosaurs with your friends!*
  5. Love Minus Eighty, by Will McIntosh. This is a great vision of the future. Funny and prescient.
  6. Mass Effect 2. That's the second one.
  7. State of Decay - I forgot, I'd had a bit of a State of Decay flare-up when I made this banner.
  8. Master Reboot. I got this at one Steam sale or another during my frenzy of not-being-afraid (the same time I bought Darkwood and reviewed The Forest early access). Of course, that frenzy is now over and I'm too scared to play it. Seriously, it's scary!)
  9. Inversion. Honestly... I don't know.
  10. Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. All the more timely what with the underworlds being ascendent and such.

*I don't mean shoot your friends at dinosaurs. I mean shoot dinosaurs in the company of friends. What better way to shoot dinosaurs?

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#9 Darkest Dungeon, yeah!

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#5 is Shelter

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I've seen #8 before. Super familiar...but can't place it.

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1) Looks so familiar...

2) Betrayer?

3) Far Cry?

4) Dying Light?

5) Shelter or Shelter 2.

7) Homeworld? Sure looks like Homeworld.

9) Darkest Dungeon.

10) David.

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#6 is the interface for Unity! Seen a lot of the inside of that lately.

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Here's the latest...

  • This War of Mine
  • Red Rising, by Pierce Brown. It's a great sci-fi trilogy, but the CamelCase is IrriTating to me.
  • Far Cry 4. May Pagan's light shine upon you all!
  • Dying Light, which I played through entirely in 4-way co-op. Very enjoyable game that I've forgotten, despite having just finished days ago.
  • Shelter 2. Feed those lynxes.
  • Unity's interface. Good eyes, AJ!
  • Homeworld Remastered. 
  • Brilliance, the first in the trilogy by... uh... my brother Marcus. He's the famous one in the family.
  • Darkest Dungeon. This game is still in Early Access but feels finished to me. I need to get back into it. The art style alone is worth the money.
  • David. Meho got me a copy of this. It's like game design, distilled. With pretty colors.

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5. Deadly Premonition?

7. Bloodborne

EDIT: I don't have Dying Light, or friends, but it does look fun.

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Forgot to do this!

  1. ...? Battlefield: Bad Company 2? The Vanishing of Ethan Carter? Alan Wake?
  2. The Long Dark?
  3. The Witcher 2 or 3?
  4. Deadly Premonition
  5. Scribblenauts... Unlimited?
  6. Bloodborne?
  7. Defense Grid?
  8. Minority Report? No idea.
  9. Elite: Dangerous?
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Pretty good so far! #1 is essentially unguessable. Even Gregg, who is like the fucking Banner Whisperer, couldn't mojo that one. 

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Okay then...

  1. Survival: Postapocalypse Now -- as I said, unguessable. It's a Russian multiplayer Rust-like on Early Access.
  2. The Long Dark -- concluding our survival-centric images. Despite not approving of Early Access I appear to buy quite a few games on it, so I guess I shouldn't throw stones. Long Dark is among the most promising-looking, but it still has a ways to go.
  3. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. This fellow also writes for Time magazine. His three-part "Magician" series can best be described as Harry Potter meets Brett Easton Ellis. Schools for magic as they really would be. Most of the series takes place once the characters have graduated, and that's when things get really depressing.
  4. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, based on his novel; illustrated by Mœbius. Everyone should read The Alchemist in the format of their choice. It's all life-affirming and shit.
  5. Deadly Premonition. I know I've used this game before -- maybe even the same shot -- but it's okay to recycle the classics. I've been re-watching Twin Peaks on Netflix and its influence over this game is even greater than I'd realized, right down to the soundtracks. Avoid the terrible PC port.
  6. Scribblenauts Unlimited. The Scribblenauts series has sold a lot, but personally I never felt like it achieved anything like its bulbous, purple hype.
  7. Bloodborne. Obv. I'm still way early in this game -- Vicar Aemelia was my target, but someone kidnapped me and now I'm in an evil village of some kind.
  8. Defense Grid 2. I've been meaning to re-play this, because it was quite good. Difficult to compare it to the original -- it's not "better" or "worse," it's a different kind of good. Still the best tower defense to be had.
  9. Daredevil. This Netflix original knocked my socks off. I've never known much about the character (though I saw the horrid Ben Affleck movie) and wasn't expecting much from this. Instead I discovered probably the best comic-hero-TV series to date. The cast is splendid and the writing is edible. If you have Netflix stop what you're doing and go watch.
  10. Ancient Space. An interstellar RTS that works a lot like Homeworld, if Homeworld were not engaging or particularly fun to play. I feel bad for the developers because they have many great ideas here and their game is functionally a-ok. Plus the art direction is fantastic. Where Homeworld was empty, an homage to void, Ancient Space is entirely different. The designers said they were going for a coral reef sort of look, a backdrop of vibrant (rocky) variety that made space seem alien and beautiful in an unexpected way. It really works, but the rest of the game is just uberdull.

This month's should be comparatively easy, given it's a tribute.

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#1 Some early DS

#2 Some Kirby crap

#3 ?

#4 I should know this

#5 Some old RPG

#6 Some Nintendo junk

#7 Some handheld

#8 ?

#9 ?

#10 Iwata mii, RIP

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The current banner is so pretty! RIP 🙁

 

#6 is Earthbound / Mother 2

#7 is a Wiimote.

#8 is Pokémon but I don't know the individual Pokémon games from one another. That's a Charizard. Pokémon Snap? Smash Brothers, Starring bonus Pokémon?

Also, I think the Kirby is Dreamland 3, but I am not a Kirby expert either.

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#1 - A Nintendo DS

#2 - Kirby's Adventure

#3 - Air Fortress*

#4 - Star Battle*

#5 - This one defeats me.

#6 - Earthbound

#7 - A Wiimote

#8 - Charizard from Pokemon Stadium

#9 - Rollerball*

#10 -Iwata's Mii

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Okay, well, five months late on this update, but you know. Life.

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As most of you gathered, this header was a tribute to the late Nintendo Prez Satoru Iwata.

  1. Nintendo DS
  2. Kirby's Adventure
  3. Air Fortress
  4. Star Battle
  5. Arcana - a highly obscure Iwata game from the Commodore 64 era.
  6. Earthbound
  7. Wiimote
  8. Pokemon Stadium
  9. Rollerball
  10. Iwata's Mii

Dix knows his Nintendo!

This new one should be a challenge. Here's a clue: I shamelessly and unembarrassedly watched #9 on Netflix just the other day because I'm "between projects" and that's the sort of thing you do when you have all day to reflect upon your worthlessness.

Enjoy!

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1. The bird (raven, I assume?) from the cover of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

2. Destiny, maybe?  I feel like this is familiar but can't place it with certainty.  Can you play from a third-person perspective in Destiny? (Besides being in the Tower.)

3. This looks familiar too.  My immediate thought was Pillars of Eternity, but I don't think that's right.

4. ?

5. Diablo III, perhaps.  If not that, something similar.

6. I assume that is a knight falling into Myst.

7. Neopolitan from RWBY

8. Rogue, maybe?

9. Mortal Kombat...um...I'm going to guess Annihilation, but I'm not sure.

10. Cat

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Oh my god, that is in fact Mortal Kombat Annihilation, and why did you do that to yourself?

I thought 8 was NetHack but I suppose it could be just Rogue, been a while since I played either, heh.

Those are the only ones I recognize other than the cat but #5 looks stupidly familiar.

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It totally IS IN FACT Mortal Kombat Annihilation, and as to your second question, I...
...
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No more questions!

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#6 is The Fall (the video game, not the band from the '80s).

#3 looks like some Telltale thing.

#1 looks like a still from the intro to some movie studio, I forget the name, but there's a bird in it (or not, I don't know).

#4 "The Iron Quarter" sounds like something from Dragon Age, but I don't recall seeing maps that look like that from DA ... who knows, it could be from any RPG ever.

#10 ...the infamous Tap-Repeatedly's cat?

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