Top Ten Games of 2013

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One Last Farewell to the Ouya

Cya, wouldn't wanna OUYA!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Qasir al-Wasat: A Night in-Between Let's You Play as A Djinn

Steam's latest and greatest new invention, Greenlight, is something I am really starting to get into. It's not because I want to see these games on Steam but more because I like exploring new titles/genres. One of the biggest problems with indie titles is their limited marketing budget. Even with the internet it sure as hell hard to get noticed among the crowd. Thanks to Greenlight, one game managed to grab my eye--Qasir al-Wasat: A Night in-Between.
In a long forgotten Syrian palace, the summoning of an invisible creature takes place. A stealth mission is assigned: eliminate three targets and be granted their weapons. The spirit, a fragile being that can be taken down with a single strike of a sword, must avoid detection whenever possible. But how to survive, in a fortress that is filled with traps and vigilant guards? As the story unfolds, investigation shows that there is more to this situation than it might originally seem. Something mysterious is happening. And in this mystery hides the key to an ancient treasure that is simply too magnificent to ignore.
 Notice anything? Any Arab or Muslim will realize the invisible creature is actually a Djinn--beings that live in a parallel world to ours.  That idea alone has me hooked and sets the stage for a good videogame. You see while we believe in Djinn's, we can't see them. We don't really understand how the powers that be work, but some say that Djinn's are powerful enough to interfere with our world without us seeing them. If you take that concept and apply it into a videogame then you get a stealth action-adventure title with a unique aesthetic.

It's interesting to note that this game was not made by Arabs. The game was developed by Aduge Studio which is based in Curitiba, Brazil with none of the developers having any Arabic names. This seems really odd, I mean who would of thought a team of developers based in Brazil would make this their first game. It's Prince of Persia all over again.

Well, doesn't matter who made it. In the end it looks great and definitely makes me want to try it. Here's hoping more Arab developers take note of this.

Qasir al-Wasat: A Night in-Between is available for both Mac and PC so if you're interested in giving this game a go then make sure to download the demo from their webpage here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Arab Gamer visits Japan

Watch as I share my experience in the country of the rising sun (always wanted to say that).

Check out the pics here.