thechineseroom is the name of a development research project I run at the University of Portsmouth, UK. We're interested in first person gaming - particularly, using mods to explore questions about gaming that you can't answer by just analysing commercial releases or theorising about them.

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chineseroom Jan 20 2012, 4:31am replied:

Hey there - we're interested in a mac port - will depend on how well the PC sales go - if we can afford it...

+2 votes   game: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Jun 1 2011, 6:04am replied:

It's so badly broken right now it's kind of unlikely - to be honest, we'd be better off starting Korsakovia again from scratch than fixing it, and it's got some pretty deep-rooted design problems too. I think it's more likely we'd go for a completely new horror game at some point - we'll see how Esther does and work it from there....

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chineseroom Jun 1 2011, 6:02am replied:

I'd love to make a shooter and have early plans in the works. If it ever came to light, there's bits of COb I'd love to recycle...

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chineseroom Mar 16 2011, 9:57am replied:

Yeah - everything is a little delayed at the moment - bear with me! thanks, dan

+2 votes   mod: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Mar 7 2011, 6:00am replied:

Well.... if we make enough money to be able to afford to port it, we will look into it...

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chineseroom Mar 7 2011, 5:59am replied:

We're adding media to the game site: www.dear-esther.com - it's a gradual process but we'll put 'em up here as we go too!

+1 vote   game: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 28 2011, 1:40am replied:

Yes, it will

+2 votes   mod: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Feb 22 2011, 5:02am says:

awesome news! Glad we're not alone :)

+1 vote   article: Long live the new Curse!
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chineseroom Feb 21 2011, 2:20am replied:

No, not the original. Yes, the new version due summer 2011. Check out www.indiedb.com/games/dear-esther site for more details and updates.

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chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 18 2011, 4:13am says:

Hi all,

So as you all know by now, Dear Esther is going indie for the remake. What we're doing is now splitting the two sites off from one another. The ModDB site will remain up but focused on the original mod version, so we won't be posting to it apart from to point out new updates are available. We'll now be shifting all news about the remake over to the IndieDB site, and all media and updates will happen over there.

You'll still be able to get the original version over on ModDB, it just saves us having to update two sites at the same time.

Indiedb.com

Everything will also be posted up on the project website - www.dear-esther.com

Finally, just a reminder that we're on Podcast17 this week:

Podcast17.com

Cheers, Dan

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chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 18 2011, 2:38am replied:

Yes, there will be subtitles!

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chineseroom Feb 17 2011, 12:10pm says:

Just to re-iterate - this Desura install is for the original mod, not the remake - just in case there's any confusion - dan

+1 vote   mod: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 17 2011, 12:08pm says:

Just to re-iterate - this is an install for THE ORIGINAL mod, not the new version -dan

+3 votes   article: Original Dear Esther out now on Desura
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chineseroom Feb 17 2011, 8:56am replied:

This is the original guys, sorry for the confusion. I've no idea why all of the new media is on it, probably just gets carried over, like you said. Will try and get this sorted asap.
- Rob

+5 votes   article: Original Dear Esther out now on Desura
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 16 2011, 8:22am says:

really love this! :)

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chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 16 2011, 4:08am replied:

If you want to rephrase it, I'll happily answer it. It's worth looking at Rob's new devblog post first, and checking out Podcast17 as we may well be answering questions about the process of going commercial. Dan

+1 vote   game: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 11:27am replied:

There will be closed captions - we're currently assembling a list of languages and will hopefully confirm those at the beginning of March - dan

+3 votes   game: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 2:45am says:

Forums are now up over at our other site: Dear-esther.com

+5 votes   game: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 2:35am replied:

The gameplay remains really simple - it's an exploration thing. There are many new details that expand on the story and new areas to explore.

+1 vote   mod: Dear Esther
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chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 2:32am replied:

I'd wait if you can - although the game has evolved, the central spine of the story is the same (of course), and the overall asset quality will be much higher.... Dan

+2 votes   download: Dear Esther - Original - 2009
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 2:31am says:

I'm going to delete any further comments which either contain racist, sexist, homophobic or other bigoted terms in them, or use the term 'rape'. We will happily chat and discuss with people about the process of going commercial (and see the Podcast17 interview this weekend) but these are not acceptable and I'm not going to tolerate them. If you think being asked to pay for a computer game is like 'rape' you need to get some perspective. Dan

+15 votes   game: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 15 2011, 2:30am replied:

It will be available on Steam - is that what you meant? Dan

+1 vote   game: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 14 2011, 5:36pm says:

The remake site has been moved across to IndieDB: Indiedb.com

You can also find us at www.dear-esther.com

We'll keep this site up for the 2007-2009 original mod, and will link to news, etc, but all further updates will happen over on the new sites. Cheers, Dan

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chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 14 2011, 5:34pm says:

No worries guys, sorry I didnt do it sooner, If you have any problems with it just let me know! :) -Rob

+5 votes   download: Dear Esther - Original - 2009
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 14 2011, 5:00pm says:

Thanks guys :) - Rob

+2 votes   game: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 14 2011, 5:26am replied:

If we can, yeah, I think we'd both really like to explore putting a commentary in - dan

+1 vote   article: Dear Esther remake to get commercial release
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 14 2011, 2:43am says:

Hi all,

Rob and I will be on Podcast17 this week talking about the remake and commercialisation. This from Podcast 17:

Listeners and fans can pre-submit questions by emailing questions@podcast17.com or posting a comment to our agenda located at Podcast17.com This show will be recorded live and streamed over our shoutcast server. Details on how to connect to this live stream can be found here Podcast17.com Listeners are encouraged to join our steam chat during the time of the recording. The interview will be recorded on Saturday 19th and published on the Podcast 17 homepage Sunday 20th.

You can post comments and questions from Tuesday 15th.

Thanks, Dan

+3 votes   mod: Dear Esther
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 11 2011, 6:29pm says:

Just noticed the original is offline, sorry I only just noticed that, which is my fault, it will be back up again tomorrow! -Rob

+3 votes   article: Dear Esther remake to get commercial release
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 11 2011, 6:26pm replied:

Hi Stumpy, Rob here, although I cant give you any exact figure just yet, we're hoping to aim somewhere just below that figure, basically no more than your average theatre ticket. Im going to work on moving us over to indieDB sometime over the weekend. We weren't expecting to announce it today but some sites released the news early and we were caught a little unprepared (I'll be working on spurcing up the main wesite also)

Thanks for your support! :)

+4 votes   article: Dear Esther remake to get commercial release
chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 11 2011, 1:56pm replied:

Im hoping to get well over an hour's gameplay in there with all the new exploration, content and audio, maybe even more, and with every playthrough being unique Im hoping it will make the replayability all the more rewarding. Dont worry we wont be charging a lot, and I will do everything I can to make sure every penny you spend is worth it. - Rob

+1 vote   article: Dear Esther remake to get commercial release
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