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Link Roundup for Aug. 20th: Xbox One bringing it with the indie and AAA releases, Dragon Age 3 looking bloody sweet, Hip hop and games, and more…


Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to

Read all about ID@Xbox, Microsoft’s Xbox One self-publishing program. All signs point to the next generation coming down to a battle of the indies.

Additionally, Microsoft seems to have made some kind of backroom deal to bundle FIFA 14 with European pre-orders. (Somebody mighta just won that market.) They’ve also revealed a Call of Duty: Ghosts bundle.

Go behind the scenes of Dragon Age: Inquisition with BioWare.

2K Games’ much hyped The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is opening up to shoulder shrugs.

Meanwhile Gone Home, a completely un-hyped indie, is opening to some of the best reviews of the year.

XXL compiles a list of 8 memorable hip hop games.

Australia’s best indie games.

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Thomas Was Alone Review – A Modern Velveteen Rabbit

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Thomas Was Alone is an indie puzzle platformer created by one-man development team, Mike Bithell  (with music by David Housden). In the game, the player controls a cast of colourful quadrilaterals as they venture through the computer program they were created for, seeking an escape, or at the very least, the definition of what “escape” means. As unassuming as their names – Thomas, Claire, and John for example – their simple character designs and innocent curiosity belie the fact these rectangles are in fact the first AI’s to gain consciousness, and whether they can realise it or not, their existence has forever changed the world.

Read our full Thomas Was Alone review after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Dear Esther Review – More Art Than Game

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Over the past several years there has been an ongoing debate regarding art and video games. While most will acknowledge that painting, photography, books, music and movies can all come in forms that we call ‘art’, there have been very few video games that have been accepted into that category.

While one could draw a loose connection between Timecop, Clive Cussler novels, and Far Cry 3, games analogous to To Kill a Mockingbird or The Grapes of Wrath are few and far between. Developers thechineseroom’s Dear Esther, an Indie ‘interactive experience’ based on Valve’s Source engine, is attempt to elevate video games to the status of art.

Keep reading after the cut to see if it succeeds. Read the rest of this entry

Indie Game: The Movie Added to Netflix Streaming Service

Independent game enthusiasts can rejoice as Indie Game: The Movie has been added to the Netflix (US) streaming service. Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary that follows indie developers Team Meat and Polytron – who developed Super Meat Boy and Braid respectively – as they developed and struggled to get their games out to the public.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to find out more about Indie Game: The Movie. Read the rest of this entry

To The Moon Review

Indie developer Freebird Games describes their latest title To the Moon as “an indie Adventure RPG, about two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish”, but this game so much more than that.

This game offers a wonderful mix of high concept story, touching character and low brow humour. The 3 to 4.5 hour journey it takes to navigate and transform the memories of a dying man is well worth setting out on.

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