GDC 2013: Home creator wants to make a psychological dating sim

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Benjamin Rivers, creator of 2D indie horror game Home, has revealed his wish to make a dating game that psychologically influences the player to form an emotional attachment. Speaking to Joystiq at GDC, Rivers said, "I made a joke on Twitter like a month ago, where I was like 'Hey guys, if I did a horror game with a dating-sim element, would people play it?' and people were like 'Yeah!'" Because it's just not love unless you're having the pants scared off you.

Steam, Schmeam: the Super Shock Bundle offers 13 indie games for $13

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If you can tear yourselves away from the Steam sale counter for just a minute, we bring news of a different sort of countdown, for the perhaps aptly named Super Shock Bundle. You're probably rolling your eyes right now at the presence of yet another indie bundle, but here's why you should consider rolling them back, as painful as that might be: the Super Shock Bundle will feature thirteen games, including VVVVVV, Home, Thirty Flights of Loving, Probability 0 and Cortex Command. The other thing to consider is that the offer's only open for seven of your Earth hours, starting today at 5PM UK time (that's 12PM Eastern Standard Time).

Indie Royale Halloween bundle offers low-cost scares, giant octopus

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Halloween is almost upon us. There's no escaping it, so instead of being scared by ghosts, werewolves and random octopus attacks outside you might as well savour the terror of the year's spookiest season from the comfort of your own PC.

The Indie Royale Halloween bundle is here to help you achieve that at minimum expense. If you like your fear slow and strange, Ice Pick Lodge's Pathalogic is probably worth the current asking price of £3.28 for the entire bundle. You'll also get the entire season of Telltale's Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, pixelly murder mystery, Home, amusing wizard/werewolf zap/eat-'em-up Macguffin's Curse and top down hack-fest, EvilQuest, starring a dark knight and the giant octopus in the picture above.