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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Korsakovia is developing well, although a little behind schedule. The first three levels are in debugging, thanks to a brilliant team of playtesters and map fixers (more are always welcome, especially playtesters with an eye for detail). We're attacking the final three over the next month, along with the coding (and bringing in voice actors) so are projecting an August release date.

Check out Ben Andrew's concept art at - you can also find him at - also there is all the fantastic artwork he's done for Dear Esther.

The rebuild of Dear Esther by Robert Briscoe is coming along well (I'm as in the dark as anyone else, which is really exciting). Check for updates.

Dear Esther also got exhibited as part of the IndieCade showcase at E3 this month, which is just brilliant for us, and as far as I can add up, between Moddb and other download sites, and the two versions, we've popped over the 20,000 download mark, which is just jaw-dropping.

More on Korsakovia soon, along with some straight out gameplay footage... although I don't want to give too much of that away...

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