romance

Dragon Age: Inquisition developer wants romance scenes to be "mature and tasteful"

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BioWare’s no stranger to crafting romance scenes in their games. After all, what’s a romance story without a romantic scene? But these scenes have always come across as a bit wooden, and Cinematic Director Jonathan Perry wants to change that in Dragon: Age Inquisition.

Weighted Question Cubes: A Portal 2 Proposal

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As spotted over on RPS, Gary Hudston is a more romantic geek than you. That's all that really needs to be said about this, one of the most adorable, heart-touching Portal 2 maps ever created. Imagine yourself in his shoes, as the lady of your life plays through it. Will she say yes? Will she give up on the laser puzzle? Or is the way to a woman's heart really through a magic blue portal?

The answer: Not necessarily. An orange one will probably do just as well.


Saturday Crapshoot: Leisure Suit Larry 2

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Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, it's the black sheep of one of adventure gaming's most misunderstood franchises, and the weirdest cruise you'll ever take.

Sequels are funny things. Usually, they're relatively predictable - taking an idea that worked or struck a chord, ramping it up in the hopes that people will splash out more cash for a second helping, and putting a '2' on the end. Sometimes though, they just go crazy. The first Leisure Suit Larry was an adventure about a software salesman trying to lose his virginity. Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking For Love (In Several Wrong Places) ends with him fighting a supervillain in a volcano lair. Yes, really.

Saturday Crap Shoot: Man Enough

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Richard Cobbett wants to know if you're looking forward to Valentine's Day. Any romantic plans? Having an evening with that special someone? No? Don't worry. Here's the next best thing...

Once again, Aching Solitude Awareness Day is upon us, and oh, what fun it is. If you're single, and especially when 99.9% of your friends aren't, it's only fair to start wondering where you're going wrong. Does that whole 'loves a sense of humour' still count when the joke that sent her into a cavalcade of laughter was 'Uh, so, can I buy you a drink?'. Is it a lie to create an internet profile that says you're in good shape if you think spheroids have a certain class? Bathing. Worth bothering? Honestly, it's a minefield. There has to be an easier way to learn the ropes without ending up wanting to make a noose.

Maybe games can help! Let's see, what do we have on the obscure crap pile? Ah, yes! "Man Enough: The Ultimate Social Adventure". Well, if a truly terrible dating simulator from 1994 can't teach even loveless geeks everything there is to know about romance, I don't know what can! Pour yourself a half-empty glass of your favourite beverage, turn down the lights, and let's get ready to bumble!