May 08, 2018
|Delisting||June 19, 2020|
|Available On||PC (itch.io)|
Art Sqool was one of several games that was removed from Steam by its developer in June of 2020 in response to Valve’s silence over the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd. The move was first made by Julian Glander who announced in a now-deleted tweet on June 12th, 2020 that he would remove both Art Sqool and Lovely Weather We’re Having from the platform.
Shortly after, Ghost Time Games founder Gabriel Koenig announced he had done the same, resulting in the delisting of Test Tube Titans and Jettomero from Steam. Dan Sanderson also removed the title First Winter from Steam. By June 17th, 2020, ‘Game Devs of Color Expo’ organizer Shawn Alexander Allen tweeted to confirm that Valve had pledged to sponsor the event. He also pointed out that Valve had recently announced their support of the ‘Black Voices in Gaming’ event from Guerilla Collective.
In all cases the titles remain available on PC from itch.io and some are available on other platforms.
About the Game
A Soviet Submarine has been intercepted in the North Pacific, 140 nautical miles west of Los Angeles. It’s unknown if the vessel is armed with Nuclear Weapons. The Soviet minister for foreign affairs insists that the Submarine is in international waters and therefore has no obligation to abandon it’s routine training exercises.
Seemingly trapped in a nightmarish reality of ever changing worlds and environments it’s up to you to figure out exactly what has happened on board the stricken submarine and to ultimately save the world from a nuclear catastrophe. First Winter is a first person horror set in 1982 during the cold war with a highly distinctive retro style.