On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode Two
has just been released.

The webcomic Penny Arcade goes from strength to strength, first a convention and now a game, based loosely on the Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos, as seen through Gabe’s trademark art style. The gameplay is reminiscent of the classic Alone in the Dark but with a more arcade feel.

New features include a nifty character creator you can use to customize your own unique PA persona and hidden bonuses like Div the cynical game console (In this version a phonograph) who you can bring along if you find and reunite both parts found in each part of the game.

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The 36 character one man army of World of Warcraft.

Serious dedication from gamer Prepared who plays 36 world of warcraft accounts at the same time

This man certainly is dedicated to his “craft”, with a multi machine setup, dozens of accounts (36 to date) he’s a one man raid waiting to happen (And in fact this seems to be his goal) who spends thousands of dollars a year on his “habit”.

Well, as long as he’s having fun…

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PlaySEGA

PlaySEGA

Sony has released a new flash game portal where you can play a huge selection of their games online. You must register to play but it’s free and you get to walk down memory lane playing some of the company’s classics from your PC or laptop.

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Straw Hat Samurai

Straw Hat Samurai

Straw Hat Samurai is a freeware flash browser game with both arcade and RPG elements. You use the mouse to direct the eponymous Straw Hat Samurai using slashes of the mouse cursor to deliver rapid slashing killing blows to your enemies. As you progress you can also find other weapons such as a bow and arrow, and encounter increasingly varied enemies.

Not to be mistaken for Penny Arcade’s carbdoard tube samurai :)

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Harpooned

Harpooned is a cetacean research simulator, where you play the part of a Japanese research vesse, studying how many Whales you can massacre in a fixed time!

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Obviously, this is tongue in cheek – the game is a vertical shooter with a sarcastic ecological message, but it’s certainly fun to play! Go to harpooned’s website and download it to see for yourself.

Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices

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Stellarium

This isn’t exactly a game, but I’m sure you can spend a few hours playing with it regardless, Stellarium is an open source planetarium application that is actually in use in real planetariums worldwide!

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It’s extremely customizeable, allowing you to add or remove features at will (Such as the earth, sky, guiding lines, stellar inf, etc) Even if you’re not into astronomy, it’s worth downloading to check it out and mess around with the sky.

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Ever have trouble identifying constellations? Not any more…

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You’re not limited to the view from earth either…

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Educational as hell.

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Cold Fear

Cold Fear was an atmospheric survival horror game released by Ubi soft for playstation 2 in 2005. There are currently PC and Xbox ports available.

Cold Fear

Story

In Cold Fear you play as Tom Hansen, a sailor in the U.S. Coast Guard who has been sent in to investigate a mysterious Russian frigate in the middle of the ocean. As Hansen, you find out that the boat is occupied by hostile Russian soldiers and by alien creatures that use humans and other life forms as hosts, to feed on and to use as protection from the environment. The aliens are a threat to Hansen from both inside and outside their host bodies. His investigation leads to the mystery of the ship and its lethal cargo.

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Gameplay

Cold Fear plays like any other game of its genre, but its play mechanics are most reminiscent of those of Resident Evil 4. In Cold Fear, players can assume a behind the shoulder camera angle, much like Resident Evil 4. However, unlike Resident Evil 4, players can choose between a fixed camera angle or a behind the shoulder camera angle. Also, unlike Resident Evil 4, the player can move while aiming a weapon. The game employs many scare tactics, as well, like those found in Resident Evil and Doom 3. For example, when opening a door, a creature may jump out at the player, or while talking to an NPC, a creature may just burst out of his chest. And unlike Resident Evil, Cold Fear employs a stamina bar, which decreases as the player does certain actions, like running, which means you’ll be taking constant breaks to make sure Hansen is rested enough to proceed.

The conditions on the deck of the ship can change how the player can control Hansen. Since the game takes place in the middle of the ocean during a huge storm, there’s bound to be a lot of movement of the vessel as it bobs up and down through the rough seas. The cargo ship continuously banks left and right while you’re walking on deck, making it more difficult to aim and walk a straight line. In some instances, the ship rocks so much, and to such a great degree, that Hansen gets knocked down and sometimes sent overboard. There are also many environmental hazards, such as swinging electrical wires and crates hooked up to ropes, which are also affected by the swaying of the ship, and can easily crash into the player if he or she isn’t careful. Waves crashing on to the ship’s deck may also damage the player’s health.

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Weapons

  • .45 handgun
  • AK-47
  • spear gun
  • shotgun
  • M39 grenade launcher
  • flamethrower
  • MP5

Cold Fear’s advertising campaign created some striking visuals and fake scientific websites describing the strange parasitical organisms that appear as the game’s enemies.

concept art

Cold Fear screenshot 2

fake scientific research photos made for the game’s viral advertising campaign

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