March Roundtable: Oscar Season (but for Games)

The Sidequest crew award arbitrary, salty, and silly awards to video games, Oscars-style, to celebrate the month of March.

Postgame.23: Where the Goats Are

Maddi, Melissa, Zainabb, and Zora discuss Where the Goats Are, a contemplative game about tending a farm in the face of an encroaching apocalypse.

GYGO Race & Racism: Colonialism in Games Is Alive and Well in 2024

Crystal Dynamics adds a questionable racism warning to Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered, and more race- and racism-related news in gaming.

In Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, We’re Saving Everyone!

Cress considers the themes of life and death in Final Fantasy VII and FFVII: Remake, and aims to save Aerith and the rest for Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth.

GYGO Variety Hour: Nothing on the Internet Is Real

In this week’s gaming news, Spec Ops: The Line has been wiped from online storefronts, Take-Two gets possessive, and advertising is still weird.

Review: Pounce into Adventure with Cattails: Wildwood Story

Kamie Wootan finds that Cattails: Wildwood Story is an engaging revamp of the original, but lacks depth as a farming sim.

REVIEW: Venba Cooks Up An Emotional, Cosy Feast

Zainabb Hull reviews Venba, an emotional, cosy cooking game that tells a uniquely South Asian story of food, family, and finding your place in the world.

REVIEW: Mask of the Rose Provides Character-First, Monster-Dating Fun

Melissa Brinks discusses how Mask of the Rose, Failbetter’s newest entry in the world of Fallen London, expands the world by putting character first.

30XX Is a Great Start to a Mega Man X Successor

In their review, Joan Zahra Dark outlines what works about 30XX, and what doesn’t feel quite finished about this Mega Man-inspired roguelike.

REVIEW: Outshine Is a Thrilling Introduction to the Typing Game Genre

Michelle Caldeira reviews Outshine, which blends a frenetic pace with multiple difficulty levels for a thrilling typing game experience.

PAX West Diary 2023: So Many Games, So Few Played

Melissa Brinks and Kael Langdon sum up their experience at 2023’s PAX West with an unfortunate truth—there are simply too many games.

Level Up Your Poetry, Part 4: Games, Prose Poems, and Liminality

In this entry into her “Level Up Your Poetry” series, Katherine Quevedo examines prose poetry as a unique and evocative way to explore games.

Monster Hunter Rise’s Character Creator Gives Me Gender Euphoria

Harry Schofield explores the delight they found in Monster Hunter Rise’s granular, assumption-free character creator.

Autistic Representation in Video Games

Angharad Redden explores autistic representation in video games and how her own diagnosis changed her relationship with games.

The Dreamcast and Hypersensitivity: A Neurodivergent Christmas

Michelle Caldeira reminisces about cacophonous and cramped childhood Christmases, and the Dreamcast that changed everything.

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Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

The Secret of the Mermaid is a brand new keepsake game currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter that aims to involve the player in a research project about mermaids via a series of beautiful and immersive postcards and ephemera. The game creators, American Kevin Dann and German Margit Schäfer, take immersion very seriously, fully taking on the roles of researcher Dr. Dann and ritualist Clarissa, who will guide the player through the game. We had a chance to chat with both of them about their vision for The Secret of the Mermaid.

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Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

Interview: Discovering “The Secret of the Mermaid,” a New Keepsake Game

The Secret of the Mermaid is a brand new keepsake game currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter that aims to involve the player in a research project about mermaids via a series of beautiful and immersive postcards and ephemera. The game creators, American Kevin Dann and German Margit Schäfer, take immersion very seriously, fully taking on the roles of researcher Dr. Dann and ritualist Clarissa, who will guide the player through the game. We had a chance to chat with both of them about their vision for The Secret of the Mermaid.

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