Read Only Memories, a cyberpunk adventure game from MidBoss Games, has reached (and surpassed!) its Kickstarter funding goal, which means these retro-styled adventures of a young reporter in dystopian Neo-San Francisco is in the works! The game resembles beloved classic adventure games by using character dialogue and text options to move through branching storylines, but the story is modernized with a focus on queer characters and customizable gender. Not only will players be able to choose their gender, a simple mechanic I can’t stop praising in ChoiceScript adventure games, but they’ll also be able to choose their preferred personal pronouns. (And the list includes He, She, They, or Mind Your Own Beeswax.)
MidBoss Games, the developers of Read Only Memories, are no strangers to queer themes in gaming or to crowdfunding success. MidBoss Games successfully founded and Kickstarted the GaymerX convention, a convention for queer gamers and allies. With the ongoing harassment of women and GLBTQ people in mainstream gaming culture, GaymerX fills the need for a safe gaming space and helps make the gaming experience more inclusive. Adding genderqueer characters to the Read Only Memories gameworld continues to make gaming a more accessible and inclusive space.
Read Only Memories is being developed for Mac, PC, iOS, Android, and Ouya systems. The first $62,064 raised on Kickstarter is being matched by Ouya’s Free The Games Fund.
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Every action has a reaction and consequence. The latest game from Owlchemy (clever) Labs seems to have taken this saying literally when they developed Dyscourse, and I am excited! Most games are like mathematical equations; they may have a few ways of completing the problem, but ultimately there is only one conclusion. Dycourse, on the other hand, is different. While one player could be the reason for why he and the other survivors have all died, another player could end up surviving long enough to be rescued. Everything depends on you, your memory, your survival skills, your choices, and more. If ten different people play this game, there’s a good chance they won’t all get the same ending. That is the beauty of this idea, and it’s not just your ordinary choice game either, it goes much further than that.
Upon landing—well, crashing—in your plane with the other passengers, you are on a large island with no map and surrounded by many dangers! Just like in real life, your only map is your memory. You can leave “memory markers” that make it possible for you to retrace your footsteps back to a particular place. You also have to be able to recall past events, form relationships with the other survivors, hunt for food (fight or flight has been built in, too)—just so many goodies to name! You are going to need to take advantage of all of these and more if you’re going to make it off the island alive.
However, Owlchemy Labs needs help with the finishing touches and they have turned to Kickstarter to do it. They are half-way to their goal amount, and as of today, there are 11 days left to donate. The first gameplay video has been released and it has already gotten the OK to be released on Steam with every donator getting a Steam key once its live. The beta is expected to come out in May 2014. If you want to get the full details on this new kind of virtual survival game, then check it out here because I am pretty much sold.
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