GYGO: Dungeons and Decisions

In this week’s gaming news: another Blizzard QA department unionizes, Wizards of the Coast moves away from character “races,” and more.

A Critical Evaluation of FFXIV Boyfriends for Cuffing Season

Ennis Rook Bashe has considered Final Fantasy XIV’s many potential cuffing season partners and narrowed down the three most ideal boys.

GYGO: Climate Change, Buyouts, and Outdated Slang

In this week’s gaming news: the gaming industry and climate change, where the Microsoft/Activision merger’s at, and Pokemon takes on “cheugy.”

November Roundtable: Harvesting

Sidequest discusses the varying connotations of “harvest,” the best harvesting games, and characters who deserve to reap what they’ve sown.

Dark Souls and Trans Closets: Self Discovery Through Failure

Evelyn Grey explores the meta-narrative of Dark Souls, and why the game seems to resonate so much with transfeminine gamers.

Preview: Lords and Villeins Has You Oversee in Ways that Overwhelm

Honestly Games’ Lords and Villeins is an earnest city builder that doesn’t quite add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Review: The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow Hauntingly Blends Folk Horror with Point-and-Click Tradition

The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow mixes the mystery of point-and-click adventures with the uncanny chills of folk horror in a winning, eerie combo.

Review: The Land of Screens Isn’t So Subtle

Elvie Mae Parian journeys to the Land of Screens where she finds an eye-catching narrative game but an ultimately hollow commentary.

Two Perspectives on Remember August

Alenka Figa and Melissa Brinks the unique and immersive experience of playing keepsake game Remember August.

Review: Freshly Frosted Is a Friendly, Funky Flare Game

Freshly Frosted’s soothing puzzles, chill vibes, and sweet tunes help Zainabb Hull through another chronic illness flare up.

Dark Souls and Trans Closets: Self Discovery Through Failure

Evelyn Grey explores the meta-narrative of Dark Souls, and why the game seems to resonate so much with transfeminine gamers.

How My Favorite Mobile Game is Choosing Inclusion

Ennis Bashe examines how mobile game Choices: Stories You Play works to include queer and trans players… and what it could improve on.

PAX West Con Diary: Game Recommendations from Another Weird Year

This year’s PAX West was weird (McDonald’s made an appearance?) but still packed with intriguing games in a variety of genres.

Exploring My Queerness in Pelican Town

Marina Z. shares the freedom that Stardew Valley gives them to be themself in both queerness and neurodivergence.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Gave My Star Wars Obsession a New Hope

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s sense of exploration and varied storytelling gave Marina a galaxy of stories to learn about and was pivotal in helping them remember why they loved Star Wars so much.

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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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