Game Enjambment: Nightmarens

Katherine Quevedo shares a poem about Nightmarens, the Nightmare-dwelling main antagonists of the NiGHTS series.

GYGO: A Literally Fake Influencer Has a Breakdown and the Army Is STILL Streaming

In this week’s gaming news, Riot Games’ fake influencer Seraphine needs reassurance from fans and more crunch news out of CD Projekt Red.

Don’t Leave Luck to Heaven: The Small Secret Feature that Altered the Spirit of Animal Crossing

David R. Howard traces the influence, varying importance, and impact of Feng shui in the Animal Crossing series.

GYGO: Toxic Twitch Culture and Indivisible and Crucible Shutdowns

In this week’s news: new allegations of a toxic culture at Twitch and Indivisible development shuts down after Lab Zero’s closure.

Game Enjambment: On Shining in the Darkness

Katherine Quevedo shares a poem inspired by “Shining in the Darkness,” an early Sega Genesis RPG.

Preview: Root’s Early Access Faces Challenges in a New Format

Dire Wolf Digital’s online adaptation of Root is a delight, but its faithful adherence to the original board game might be holding it back.

Review: Necrobarista is a Cool Concept with a Lukewarm Execution

Necrobarista might be steaming with delicious visuals, but clunky writing leaves a latte to be deserved.

Review: I Am Not Playing Variations on Your Body

Melissa Brinks reviews the experience of not playing Variations on Your Body, a collection of pervasive games by Avery Alder.

Review: Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Indulges in Sci-Fi Action But Can’t Leave Real-World Baggage Behind

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 is an intriguing start to the new comic series, but its emphasis on capturing the experience real-world sexism drags down the action.

Take Your Heart (and Tear it Apart): The Moral Dilemma of Persona 5 Royal’s New Endings

December Cuccaro explains why Persona 5 Royal’s endings are an improvement because of their tough moral choices between happiness and bittersweetness.

An Inclusive Future: A Recap of Game Devs of Color Expo 2020

Elvie Mae Parian recaps this year’s Game Devs of Color Expo, including how adaption to being digital-only made it more inclusive than ever.

Isobel Shasha Talks Pupperazzi, A Wholesome Dog Photography Game

Pupperazzi, a wholesome dog photography game is coming our way… eventually. Jameson Hampton talks with Isobel Shasha of developer Sundae Month to learn more.

We Really Are All Love Blaseball

Sometimes there’s a pandemic and sports are cancelled so instead we all get together and yell about Blaseball. That’s splorts, baby.

Dr. Bonnie “Bo” Ruberg is Pioneering Queer Game Studies

Dr. Bo Ruberg, professor at UCI, is a pioneer in the field of queer game studies. In this interview, they talk about their path and their work.

Greenlight This, You Cowards: Let’s Go On Dungeon Dives with Dungeon Wives

Kate Lyons makes the case for a co-op exploration platformer version of the adorable actual-play podcast Dungeon Wives.