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Outsider philosopher, game designer and author
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You are a water cyborg - you cannot hope to live without the vast hydrological network that purifies drinking water, delivers it to every tap in your house, then takes the waste water away to repeat the cycle again and... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Only a Game
The slaughterhouse is perhaps the ultimate symbol of contemporary farming, a factory that turns animals into meat, while insulating meat-eaters from the brutal world of mechanised killing inside - a black box for carving flesh. The vegan asserts the moral... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Game
Your media libraries are alive through your engagement with them. Your media libraries link you to myriad unseen other people, about whom you have no awareness at all. Music libraries, streaming video libraries, photo libraries, ebook libraries, libraries of social... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Game
My social media break is officially over, but as usual I'm reluctant to rush back into the chaos of the hive mind, and taking my sweet time at reconnecting to it all. I've caught up on comments (a whole one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Only a Game
The Kickstarter update says it all, really! Now that the physical rewards have been delivered, we'll be rolling down the frequency of updates here from weekly to intermittently, as there simply isn't going to be enough news to make a weekly update worthwhile. If anyone seems to be missing one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Hey Andy, It's always interesting to tamper with the starting mechanics for a card game. Personally I love the quirkiness of 'whoever has the 3 Diamonds' opening for Cho Dai Dee, and it's one of the joys of card games that it's so easy to put 'house rules' together! Thanks for dropping by again! Chris.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2019 on Big Two: Rules at Only a Game
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Coding up the mailing labels now...
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2019 on Retro USBs Imminent! at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
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Last week, we got the proofs for the Retro USB Cassette and Limited Edition USB Cassette, and we're at the point of pulling the trigger on the order for these. Everyone in line for one or more of these rewards should have now received notification that you have 48 hours... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
As usual, I shall be taking a break from blogging and social media in November. I'll be away for at least two weeks... I hope to write some blog letters in December, but as usual it's dependent upon how much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Only a Game
The Steam update went live last week, and the proofs for the Retro USB cassettes have been ordered... more on this soon. Nearly 90% of backers have answered their surveys... not sure what the hold up is with the remaining 10%! Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Ah, the ubiquitous bureaucratic form, not at all descended from the Latin 'pro forma' (for the sake of the form) as its common usage in UK Higher Education might make it seem. Indeed, this Latin phrase is an adjective and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Only a Game
A paywall is a cybernetic system for ensuring that money is collected before some service is rendered. An anti-paywall, conversely, is a cybernetic system for preventing money from being given out by deferring service to the other side of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Only a Game
The tenacious videogame print magazine, Retro Gamer, has a special 200th issue this month, with a fantastic set of articles covering the history of games. International Hobo's founder Chris Bateman was interviewed for a piece on the origins and legacy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at ihobo
"If you want to listen to short loops of popular music interspersed with insincere reassurance that you call is important to us, press 1." Of all the uses we put our robots too, perhaps the most banal is the phone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Only a Game
Working very hard on getting the Retro USBs ready before the end of November... more on this soon. In the meantime, there is an update to the Steam version in the beta branch, and it should go live for everyone on Halloween. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Hey Nicolai! Sorry it took me so long to spot your comment! As far as I'm concerned, anything you can do to promote the game is 'fair use', so please, be my guest! We aren't going to lean on someone and say not to use images or video related to the game - we'll be grateful for anything and everything anyone does to help us get noticed! Thanks in advance, and apologies for the slow response! Chris.
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Hey Mike, Always a great pleasure to hear from a fan of Ghost Master, still the game I'm most proud of making (although my recent indie release, Silk comes very close!). The commercial failure of the game had much more to do with the publisher than the developer, and is a stark reminder that there are a great many games (and albums, and movies...) that did not succeed because of circumstances unrelated to the core artwork. I am attempting to work towards a spiritual successor to Ghost Master called 'Haunter's Inc', but I'm starting with very few resources. Silk is the first step on this path... it might not be a game for you, but if you know anyone with an interest in an exploration adventure that fell out of a parallel dimension where they still make square-based RPGs in 2019, do let them know about it! We have a Discord server for the spin-off developer, ihobo games, that you're welcome to join! There is a channel for Haunters, Inc there, which will be the first place any news is likely to be posted. I can't guarantee that this spiritual successor will happen - but it is my fervent wish to find a way. Thanks for stopping by - and happy haunting! Chris.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2019 on Post Mortem: Ghost Master (Part One) at Only a Game
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Poetically, my old iPhone died this morning, peacefully running out of charge a few hours before this post ran...
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2019 on Phone Upgrades at Only a Game
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"I have to upgrade my phone" is something we hear a lot these days. A telephone, strictly speaking, only needed upgrading once or twice over the entire century of their operation: to get a standardised connector, and to add touch... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Only a Game
We live in a world of cyborgs, combinations of beings and things with capacities augmented by those partnerships. You and your smartphone or computer form a cyborg with amazing capabilities, so much so, that you could easily miss how your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Only a Game
The marvellous Ben Chandler at Wadjet Eye sent this letter earlier this week... He's been playing the game since release - and by all accounts is getting rather good at it to! Hi Chris, Having put a little over 11 hours into Silk, and having had time while doing so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Starting this Thursday, the return of our long running serial A Hundred Cyborgs, which ties in with my book of technology ethics, The Virtuous Cyborg. It was held up this year by the last few months of development on Silk,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Only a Game
Enter the largest handcrafted open world of all time in Silk, an RPG set in 200AD – three million square miles of wilderness from Roman Antioch to Three Kingdoms China! Nintendo Switch > Steam > Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
Pleased to report that Silk is now out for Steam and Switch! Infinite thanks to all our wonderful backers, without whom the game would never have come to pass. If you are playing and enjoying the game, don't forget to mention it to anyone you know who might like it!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Silk: Wilderness Adventures
International Hobo is proud to announce the release of its game Silk on Switch and Steam today. In development for fourteen months, backed by a successful Kickstarter, and published by the Kings of Neo-Retro at Huey Games, Silk is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at ihobo