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Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.


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  • Grant: Thanks to the start of this video, I’ve just now noticed that during the static flickers while staring...
  • Ben: Great analysis. During the lab sequence in the Prey intro, you were looking around for tells that Morgan is in a...
  • RoboLeg: this game would be PERFECT for mobile, and I’d happily pay 10 bucks or so for it.
  • Jepp: 1) Please keep critiquing games by building new ones :) 2) The non-hand holding, simple systems integrating...
  • Jack: Are you going to release Morphblade for iOS or the Nintendo Switch? I would really like to play this on my...
  • Rewarding Creative Play Styles In Hitman

    Postcards From Far Cry Primal

    Solving XCOM’s Snowball Problem

    Kill Zone And Bladestorm

    An Idea For More Flexible Indie Game Awards

    Teaching Heat Signature’s Ship Generator To Think In Sectors

    What Works And Why: Multiple Routes In Deus Ex

    Natural Numbers In Game Design

    Naming Drugs Honestly In Big Pharma

    Writing vs Programming

    Let Me Show You How To Make A Game

    New Heat Signature Video: Galaxies, Suction And Wrench-Throwing

    What Works And Why: Nonlinear Storytelling In Her Story

    My Idea For An ‘Unconventional Weapon’ Game

    From Gunpoint To Heat Signature: A Narrative Journey

    The Cost Of Simplifying Conversations In Videogames

    What Works And Why: Invisible Inc

    Our Super Game Jam Episode Is Out

    What Works And Why: Sauron’s Army

    Showing Heat Signature At Fantastic Arcade And EGX

    What I’m Working On And What I’ve Done

    The Formula For An Episode Of Murder, She Wrote

    Heat Signature Needs An Artist And A Composer

    Improving Heat Signature’s Randomly Generated Ships, Inside And Out

    Gunpoint Patch: New Engine, Steam Workshop, And More

    Distance: A Visual Short Story For The Space Cowboy Game Jam

    Raising An Army Of Flying Dogs In The Magic Circle

    Floating Point Is Out! And Free! On Steam! Watch A Trailer!

    Drawing With Gravity In Floating Point

    What’s Your Fault?

    The Randomised Tactical Elegance Of Hoplite

    Here I Am Being Interviewed By Steve Gaynor For Tone Control

    Heat Signature: A Game About Sneaking Aboard Randomly Generated Spaceships

    The Grappling Hook Game, Dev Log 6: The Accomplice

    A Story Of Heroism In Alien Swarm

    One Desperate Battle In FTL

    To Hell And Back In Spelunky

    Games Vs Story 2

    Gunpoint Development Breakdown

    Five Things I Learned About Game Criticism In Nine Years At PC Gamer

    My Short Story For The Second Machine Of Death Collection

    Not Being An Asshole In An Argument

    Playing Skyrim With Nothing But Illusion

    How Mainstream Games Butchered Themselves, And Why It’s My Fault

    A Short Script For An Animated 60s Heist Movie

    The Magical Logic Of Dark Messiah’s Boot

    Arguing On The Internet

    Shopstorm, A Spelunky Story

    Why Are Stealth Games Cool?

    E3’s Violence Overload, Versus Gaming’s Usual Violence Overload

    The Suspicious Developments manifesto

    GDC Talk: How To Explain Your Game To An Asshole

    Listening To Your Sound Effects For Gunpoint

    Understanding Your Brain

    What Makes Games Good

    A Story Of Plane Seats And Class

    Deckard: Blade Runner, Moron

    Avoiding Suspicion At The US Embassy

    An Idea For A Better Open World Game

    A Different Way To Level Up

    How I Would Have Ended BioShock

    My Script For A Team Fortress 2 Short About The Spy

    Team Fortress 2 Unlockable Weapon Ideas

    Don’t Make Me Play Football Manager

    EVE’s Assassins And The Kill That Shocked A Galaxy

    My Galactic Civilizations 2 War Diary

    I Played Through Episode Two Holding A Goddamn Gnome

    My Short Story For The Machine Of Death Collection

    Blood Money And Sex

    A Woman’s Life In Search Queries

    First Night, Second Life

    SWAT 4: The Movie Script

    Trust Me With Your Ears: Volume Seven

    A regular feature in which I attempt to share the mystifying, alarming process of digging through my unhelpfully named MP3s by uploading one of the files I found that way and not telling you what it is.

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    In this case, while you can tell pretty quickly what it is, I still have no idea where I got it, who it’s by, or why I would have such a thing. I think I’ll try moving the logo to beneath the text to impair eye-drift to potential spoilers in the comments.


    Half Loaf 2: I wouldn't have a clue even though it sounds reminiscent of Jethro Tull

    Rafmunkur: I'm ashamed to admit that I recognise the tune as "fernando" by Abba. Gods damn you, 1970s!

    Also, Cthulhu rules.

    nine: I googled "fernando cover cthulu" and found the source: http://www.khaoswork... ...pipes.html

    Nice find! I recognised the tune before the lyrics started, and it took a few lines before I realised something had REALLY changed with the song.

    Quasar: Shamefully, it took me 'til the chorus to recognise the tune.

    Even so, this is brilliant. I'll definitely be downloading the mp3.

    Smurfy: I recognised it just as soon as my eyes drifted onto Rafmunkur's comment, ruining the whole point of it for me. Thanks.

    Zig13: Well it is clearly to the tune of Abba - Fernando, but the vast majority of the words have been changed. I presume their referring to a sci-fi/fantasy TV programme, film or book but it is one I am not aware of...

    EGTF: Trust me with your mouse -

    Came up whilst searching for the source of this song before I looked at the comments and saw @Nine had tracked it down already. Just a shame that it's not Christmas.

    Roadrunner: And here I was pronouncing it in my head "Choo-loo."

    Bret: Ah, the tender melodies of the all consuming terror that is Cthulhu.

    Not quite as good as the time he met Bertie Wooster, but still solid.

    Ronin08: @Zig13, it's referring mainly to early 20th century horror writer H.P Lovecraft's most famous Eldritch horror, "Cthulhu," though I think I caught references to Dunwich Horror and other works of his in there.

    Ludo: So THAT'S how you pronounce Cthulhu!

    Discount Ninja: Fantastic! As an avid Lovecraftian and Mythos lover extrodinaire this was a delightful treat!

    Oh yes, plenty of Mythos references - I think I caught some for Shadow Over Innsmouth and there were onew or two for Dagon as well =D

    Ronin08: @Ludo and Roadrunner, I don't think there's any one way to pronounce "Cthulhu," and I seem to recall reading that the actual pronunciation isn't physically possible by humans. Or something. Eldritch Horrors, you know, always with the confusing names.

    Jason L: Not to mention Tom Smith's O Yog-Sothoth.

    Zeno Cosini: Good old Cthulu. I've been watching a lot of children's TV show In the Night Garden with our one-year old son recently, and I reckon that there's something slightly Lovecraftian about the Hahoos. Check it out. Are those really smiles, or just the rictus gurnings of mindless slaves of Shub-Niggurath? ...den460.jpg

    Caleb: Eh, nothing beats Shoggoth on the Roof.
    (A Cthulu-based parody of Fiddler on the Roof, of course).

    Especially good is the song "Tentacles!"

    Listen to it here: ...aJckcCZtBQ

    Bret: It's also cursed. Cursedness is always a plus.

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