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Bloom: Memories releases alpha demo in support of Kickstarter

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 21:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Bloom: Memories, a gorgeous-looking 2D action adventure RPG, is looking to raise $40,000 on Kickstarter. Pitting itself as a little bit different from other games, it “moves away from the cliche of violence and domination”, and will permit players to use stealth, strategy and diplomacy to avoid combat completely if they so choose. An interesting concept – and you can try a PC demo for yourself. Check out the trailer and pitch video through the break, and throw it a vote on Steam Greenlight if it catches your fancy, although the developer would probably also like a pledge and is offering various rewards and stretch goals to tempt you.

Thanks, The Wulf

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  1. TheWulf

    I’m so sold on this.

    I’ve been thinking on this topic a lot, lately.

    If we’re looking at the medium of films, it’s totally okay and cool to have a big budget thing which is all about communication. You could have TV spots and posters trying to sell it, and there’d be no gore or violence visible, since it’s not about that. In fact, the Bay-type action films tend to be a minority.

    Games are not so much the inverse of that, but rather that non-violent big budget games don’t exist. Could you imagine a game about a pacifistic telepath who used words and non-violent means to solve his problems being sold to the mainstream? An indie title, yes. But could you see that game with an EA stamp on it? The modern mainstream line-up is murder, murder, and more murder. Something like that wouldn’t fit.

    I want games where I can use cleverness, stealth, and diplomacy to completely avoid killing. In fact, I want a game where murder is a failure condition because the character you’re playing is really someone of great moral fibre, for once, instead of just a psychopathic killer surrounded by sycophantic yes-men who’re all too afraid to tell him he’s not really a good guy.

    That’s something I liked about Saints Row IV. There’s no real murder going on because it’s a simulation, and yet everyone points how how fucked in the head the boss is. It’s something of a treatise on the nature of modern video games. Except in modern video games, things aren’t presented as a simulation, when someone dies, they don’t come back. And how many people do you, the reader, kill in the average video game?

    So maybe I want games more about talking, and cleverness, and stealth. Maybe I want more puzzles and detective work, rather than a game about shooting someone or stabbing them in the gut.

    I think it says something about us when all of our big budget entertainment is just about murder, but in different ways. Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Battlefield, Dragon Age, the Witcher, and so on. I’m not saying that these are bad games, but I’m making the point that they all force you to be a merciless, cold blooded killer.

    The problem is is that they never ask you to question that.

    The brilliant Spec Ops: The Line did. Brave, brilliant, beautiful little game that it was. It had the strength to show people what their wars wrought, but it took people out of their comfort zones and many hated it. It feels like the average gamer doesn’t want to face that in every game they play, they’re worse than a serial killer. They’re that world’s Genghis Kahn. They’re a warlord who’d kill someone as soon as look at them, and the only reason anyone is nice to them is because they’re all so amazingly afraid of them.

    Every big budget game casts you as a killing machine.

    Yet evolution gave us a mind with which to think, and a mouth with which to speak, and with these tools we can find other ways rather than mindless violence with which to solve our problems. Why hasn’t gaming had a Citizen Kane? Because Citizen Kane wasn’t about punking anyone weaker than the protagonist.

    The biggest problem is that it’s gotten worse. In the ’90s, before gaming became so very mainstream, there were lots of big budget games which revolved around other things than simplified, guilt-free murder simulators. There was so much more to it than that, and it was so crazy with the juices of imagination. You just wouldn’t see something like Toonstruck coming out of today’s mainstream, that’s for sure.

    So this is a contemporary thing.

    What I’m getting at is that you come home, you sit down in front of your PC or console, and you kill things. Whenever you play games, you’re killing things. That’s all you do. You kill this, you kill that, you kill everyone, and you’re surrounded by people who’re afraid of you. Hell, people who might only be romantically interested in you because they’re afraid of what you’d do if they weren’t (which explains Dragon Age).

    Kill. Kill. Kill. And nothing else.

    A lot of that is because it’s easy to make a game about killing, and less easy to make a game about anything else. But we’re so programmed at the moment to believe that killing and slaughter are the most genuinely fun and entertaining forms of escapism that we don’t realise just how base it all is. Just how homogeneous. Every game is the same. The setting changes, the murder never does.

    And I don’t know about you, but when I exercise my imagination for escapism, I can do more with it than just killing stuff. In fact, killing stuff usually doesn’t even enter in there.

    This is why I’m glad we have the indies, because with the indies you can at least have games that are nothing but talking and puzzles. A lot of indie games are just that. To the Moon was pretty much that and I’m okay with it. And then there’s the likes of The Wolf Among Us by small devs, games with talking and choice.

    I wish there was more of that.

    I just don’t like what it says about us when all of our games are murder simulators, that’s all. I know it’s easy to want to dismiss me as a crazy person, or someone who’s horrible, because I take you out of your comfort zones by providing knowledge that’s never occurred to you. That, unfortunately, seems to be human nature. Someone knowing something that someone else does not brings about rage, bile, and toxicity.

    Well, we can’t know everything. I don’t. You don’t. But this is what I know and it does tend to preoccupy me.

    Look at how many big budget games in your library are just glorified murder simulators. Am I wrong? I think if not for indies like this, I’d probably go crazy. I like playing games, but… I just don’t like the murder. I don’t want to be a serial killer, but I do want to enjoy detailed open worlds.

    why is that wrong?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. TheWulf

    So, yeah. Consider this backed. If only because you have solutions like talking to people or walking around them, rather than killing your way through them.

    #2 1 year ago

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    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

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  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

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  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.