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Kathryn Hemmann reviews Neko Can Dream, a retro adventure game that explores the bittersweet fantasies we create to escape harsh realities.

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

In this month’s labor news: a recent high-profile studio closures, including Tango Gameworks, Arkane Austin, Roll7, and Intercept Games.

The GameBoy Advance SP: Rooted in Grief and Nostalgia

Amy Eastland speaks about her experience with the GameBoy Advance SP and how it’s tied to nostalgic memories of her late grandmother.

GYGO Mobile: Emulators Come to the App Store

In this week’s mobile gaming news: Emulators come to Apple’s App Store, Pokémon GO makes people mad, the Gaang comes to Fortnite, and more!

May Roundtable: Moms

Much has been said about dad games. Less has been said about mom games, and the Sidequest crew is here to fix that.

Review: Neko Can Dream Delivers a Bittersweet Nostalgic Treat

Kathryn Hemmann reviews Neko Can Dream, a retro adventure game that explores the bittersweet fantasies we create to escape harsh realities.

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.

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

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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.

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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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