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Just wanted to share the joy of seeing 3 AGS games in swedish pc gamer this month.
They've done a list of the 30 best adventure games of all time and Gemini Rue is on place 29 and Blackwell Legacy on place 17 (with "I have no mouth..." on 18, Broken Sword 1 on 19, KQ 6 on 21 and BaSS on 25, so good result!). The magazine also has a full page article on the Samaritan Paradox.
Sooooon, the world will be ours! Muahaha!
« Last Edit: 12 Mar 2015, 16:41 by Lasca »

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #1 on: 15 Nov 2014, 15:15 »
Did you have this link?

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #2 on: 15 Nov 2014, 15:41 »
I only have the "traditional" magazine. You know old school, like paper (do they still make that?) and stuff. But maybe I'll Scan the pages and put up a link later. However, they are in swedish.

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #3 on: 15 Nov 2014, 17:06 »
Nice!! A scan would be appreciated :) Andail will understand what it says at least ;)

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #4 on: 15 Nov 2014, 17:23 »
Then I'll do it as soon as my daughter's sleeping!
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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #5 on: 15 Nov 2014, 17:51 »
Thanks!
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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #6 on: 15 Nov 2014, 19:20 »
Sorry fo the size, but I wanted to make them readable:







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Well, TSP in this issue is most certainly a product of PC Gamer Sweden. Or at least most probably, since it's not really a review per se, but part of a section called "playing at the moment", where the makers of the magazine write about what they are playing at the moment (he likes it though, that's why he's writing about it). I actually have little insight in how gamejournalism, and the game business in a whole I guess, works behind the curtains, but it wouldn't suprise me at all if it works the way you describe, even in pc gamer sweden. The "pre-articles" of games in production often annoy me, and I get the feeling that there's a lot of free meals, trips etc. involved. They have however adressed these kind of issues inside the actual magazine, and the reason I read the magazine is that I get a feeling that they have a (relative to the rest of the gamingworld) progressive and modern view on gaming and games. Not every writer in the magazine is brilliant creativly, but most of them feel smart and often critical in the best sense of the word. Perhaps Andail will have more to say about it. And oh, tell me if you want an image with even bigger resolution, and I'll send it by pm.

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #7 on: 15 Nov 2014, 20:05 »
Thanks for the share! :smiley:

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« Reply #8 on: 15 Nov 2014, 21:07 »
Cool. :) Note to self: go out tomorrow and buy magazine.

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« Reply #9 on: 16 Nov 2014, 15:14 »
Wow, that's pretty cool. I had no idea! I'll have to go out and buy that magazine, obviously :)
Thanks, Lasca!

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #10 on: 16 Nov 2014, 15:26 »
Cool! :)
Lasca, think you can send those H-Res scans to me too?
My sweedish isn't good enough to read it that small. :-\
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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #11 on: 16 Nov 2014, 16:52 »
An English translation at some stage would be cool as well... if anyone's got the time, inclination, and bilingual skills.

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #12 on: 16 Nov 2014, 20:25 »
All righty.

The Blackwell Legacy: The game series about the shy medium and her ghost buddy started a bit unevenly, but quickly developed into a number of heartwarming and successful adventures. Created with an eye for detail and a big measure of empathy. A series that began as a tribute to the classics, but which has proven worthy of standing side-by-side with its role models.

Gemini Rue: A science-fiction adventure in the spirit of Philip K Dick, which turns expectations on their head with clever plot twists. A psychological thriller about brainwashing and identity, and about what makes us who we are. Are we just a product of our memories and experiences, and if so, what happens if they disappear? Gemini Rue asks big questions but offers no simple answers.

The Samaritan Paradox:
"It's winter 1984. Outside a snow-slushy Gothenburg, a cold war is raging."
Caption: The dialogs are a bit stiff, but the puzzles are clever.

It's winter 1984. Outside a snow-slushy Gothenburg, a cold war is raging, but the cryptologist Ord Salomon has other things on his mind. He can't afford to pay rent for his dump of an apartment, and when an offer of work turns up, he accepts. Even a pixelly adventure game protagonist has to eat, after all.

The Samaritan Paradox is an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure by Petter Ljungqvist. That it takes place in Sweden obviously makes it extra charming for us Swedes, particularly those of us who live or have lived in Gothenburg. For example, we get to visit a spot-on depiction of Järntorget (Iron Square), complete with a bar called Glenn's, because Gothenburg.

The Samaritan Paradox is a low-key detective mystery about dark family secrets, exploitative religious sects and dodgy weapons deals with dictatorships. Ord (his name [Swedish for "word"] is very deliberately chosen, as much revolves around the written word) is tasked by the daughter of recently deceased author Jonathan Bergwall to find her father's last, lost manuscript.

Each time Ord finds one of the book's chapters, the game switches to a fantasy setting, and we get to play through Bergwall's fairy tale – which naturally reflects what's going on in the [rest of] the game, with obvious allegories to cold war, narrowmindedness and other things I can't reveal here without spoiling the unexpected twist towards the end.

The graphics consist of nicely low-resolution pixels which hide a surprising number of details in their simple, stripped-down backgrounds. The music is atmospheric, particularly the extremely 80s-sounding pseudo-saxophones which appear from time to time, but the voice acting is very uneven. Besides, it's weird to hear everyone speaking English and pronounce Swedish names wrong, like "Signe" without ng-sound and "Stig" with a short i ("Stigg"). It sounds pretty stupid.

The puzzles are tricky, but usually well designed. The game occasionally descends into typical crazy adventure game logic, but the overall feeling is of stark realism, not least because the game often refers to real-life events. Despite a somewhat abrupt ending, this is a Swedish mystery game well worth investigating.
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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #13 on: 16 Nov 2014, 21:09 »
Many thanks Snarky!

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #14 on: 16 Nov 2014, 23:23 »
Yes, investigate it you mainstream magazine reading c-- Swedes!

Thanks Snarky! Much appreciated, because Gothenburg.

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« Reply #15 on: 17 Nov 2014, 08:35 »
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Wow, that's pretty cool. I had no idea! I'll have to go out and buy that magazine, obviously :)
Thanks, Lasca!

No problem! Made me happy to.
Although I'm a mainstream magazine subscriber, so I got it a little early, but it will be in stores tomorrow I think.

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« Reply #16 on: 17 Nov 2014, 09:48 »
Thanks a lot, Snarky, I was gonna provide a summary of the text, but this is much better of course!

All in all they're rather positive, with uneven voice acting being their only real gripe.

PS:
I would probably have translated 'fånigt' with 'silly' instead of the slightly more negative 'stupid', but maybe that's because I'm biased and want it to sound less harsh :)

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« Reply #17 on: 17 Nov 2014, 13:09 »
No trouble, it was a quick job. Your Swedish being better than mine, you're probably right about "fånigt."

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Re: 3 ags games featured in this months pc gamer sweden
« Reply #18 on: 09 Dec 2014, 19:57 »
And in this months issue a review of A Golden Wake. 70/100 = not bad at all!



(sorry about the size, but I want it to be easy to read)

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« Reply #19 on: 09 Dec 2014, 23:22 »
Took the liberty of translating. Lots of errors as I'm rushing through it, and it doesn't fully retain the flair of the original text, but I think it gets the point across! (Not proof read :P)

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