There’s a (mostly) unspoken axiom among players and designers that a video game avatar should fit the player like a tailor-made glove fits the hand. The ideal avatar, this theory holds, is an extension of ourselves; an attractive and comfy container that invites us to step inside. Any friction that makes us aware of our avatar’s otherness is nothing but bad design.
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Game developers have been trying to figure out how to paddle their way through pirate-infested waters for decades. DRM, "glitches" designed to thwart pirates, and more DRM have done little to stem the tide.
Seeing this, a handful of developers took less combative approaches, putting their games on sites like the Pirate's Bay themselves. Months (or in some cases, years) later, they say it was a worthwhile experiment, even if it didn't improve their sales all that much.
On torrent site The Pirate Bay, typically the domain of illegal rips of media, one username among dozens uploading the horror game Darkwood stands out: The game's publisher. Today, the Poland-based Acid Wizard Studio uploaded their own game for free with "no catch, no added pirate hats for characters," their torrent description reads.
Top-down procedural scarefest Darkwoord, a game we were briefly introduced to last year, is readying itself for its Early Access debut next week on Steam. To celebrate, developer Acid Wizard Studio has released an "interactive" trailer, just in case you don't want to sleep tonight.