I’m not what you would call a traditional computer gamer. I’m simply not interested in most shoot-em-up games and MMOs (although I did get as far as level 20 in Lord of the Rings
The only games I have ever been interested in have been puzzle-solving exploration games like Myst and Riven. (By the way, if you liked those games, Cyan has released a new VR adventure called Obduction, which I thoroughly enjoyed! They’re also working on a new game called ZED.)
If you like these type of games yourself, I am happy to tell you that there is a brand new first-person open-world explorer game that was just released on Steam last month, called Eastshade. Unlike most other computer games, there’s no guns, no violence, and no killing. According to their press kit:
EastshadeStudios was founded in December 2013 when Danny [Weinbaum] quit his day job as a 3D environment artist in triple-A games to build a weird world ( Eastshade). With collaborators sprinkled around the globe, we are committed to building worlds that feel like real places, explored through non-violent mechanics.
In a recently-published interview on GameRevolution, Danny Weinbaum explains:
“We were trying to think of a way to reward the kind of thing we wanted the player to do in Eastshade, which is basically to go slow, relax, follow their whims, and sightsee,” Weinbaum explained. “Eventually we came up with the idea to allow the player to ‘take’ paintings and create quests around the player capturing certain objects, places, colours, times of day, or a combination of those. This works in perfect harmony with wandering, because the slower the player goes, and the more they let the sense of place wash over them, the better they will do at these quests.”
In the game, you
As I mentioned, there are many quests to complete, in some of which you can earn currency which you can use to get lodgings for the night or to purchase more art supplies. You will also have opportunities to complete and sell paintings to various residents you encounter.
I’ve been playing Eastshade for two days now, and I am thoroughly enchanted. Here are a couple of promotional videos for the game: