Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing lately? Like apparently most of the world, I’m playing Fortnite (more on that below). I’m also continuing Hitman, which stands out among games I’ve played for its sheer number of ways you can complete quests. I also played Life is Strange: Before the Storm‘s “Farewell” episode. Taking place five years before the events of the original Life is Strange, it reunites Ashly Burch and Hannah Telle’s emotive acting for one final, heartbreaking story.

Let us know on Twitter or in the comments what games you’re playing lately! Here are some of the news and links we’ve been thinking about this week:

GDC 2018

Sidequest editor Soco attended GDC! Take a look at Sidequest’s Instagram.

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, there was increased visibility for the push for game developer unionization. Game Workers Unite, a group that has organized for this cause, was present at GDC. Here’s a summary of some of the progress towards unionization that people saw at GDC, and here’s some more background.

Check out this post from Jordan Minor highlighting several game developers, streamers, and podcasters:

We’re grateful to everyone who is speaking out about sexism and misogyny in game development. See this important thread from Ally McLean about her experience at GDC:

alt.ctrl.GDC was an exhibit at GDC highlighting alternative control schemes and interactions. Take a look at some of the games, including one where an in-game explosion causes the controller to fall apart in real life.

The U.S. government’s restrictions to keep out people from a number of countries affects game developers. Multiple GDC panelists-to-be were denied entry into the U.S.

Game Developers Choice Awards and Independent Games Festival Awards winners were announced. Breath of the Wild, Celeste, Night in the Woods, What Remains of Edith Finch, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Nier: Automata were among the winners.

Overwatch League Code of Conduct Leaked

Professional esports players’ rights and behavior are a timely topic, as game developer unionization and the inexcusable, offensive behavior of some high-profile gamers have been in the news in recent weeks. Maddy Myers reported on a leaked copy of the Overwatch League rulebook or code of conduct:

It’s particularly notable the extent to which Overwatch League has rules regarding players’ streams in various contexts outside of official League play. Also, how Overwatch League claims ownership and monetization rights over certain streams.

PUBG Mobile Released

PUBG Mobile released last week. There are several changes and improvements from the original game.

Brigitte Added to Overwatch

Fan-favorite character Brigitte is now a playable character across Overwatch‘s servers, not just its test servers.

Avoiding People in Fortnite and Bonding IRL Because of Fortnite

Fortnite players, what are your favorite things to do in the game? I’ve finished in second or third place multiple times by simply avoiding everyone. Here’s a post from someone who’s done the same.

Speaking of Fortnite: “‘[My] school allows phones during the lunch breaks and instead of socialising all they do is play Fortnite,’ said high school teacher Priscilla Cullen.” The article also points out that students are excitedly socializing by talking about Fortnite.

Games Where You Play as a Lesbian or Bisexual Woman

Check out this list of “10 Video Games That Let You Play as a Lesbian or Bisexual Woman.” It includes many favorites among Sidequest readers, including Life is Strange, Stardew Valley, and the Dragon Age series, as well as ones I still need to check out, like Prey.

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Games Bleat

Welcome to Games Bleat! As always, I’m Joesph, your local gaming witch, and I’ve been monitoring the moon cycles all year to bring you this week’s games! The All Mother bestowed knowledge of these deals on the one condition that I make them known to as many of her daughters and non-binary children as I can, which is exactly what I intend to do.

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Full disclosure, I lost consciousness around midnight last night while dancing naked through the forest. I don’t know for sure if it was the mugwort ointment or divine guidance, but I have some pretty fresh games for y’all this week.

First off is Secret Little Haven, a game with a late 90s retro feel about a young trans girl figuring herself out through media, fandom, and the internet. Next is Fleuret Blanc, which is part visual novel, part JRPG, part mystery novel. It promises a bittersweet vibe and looks like developers put a lot of heart into it. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Games Bleat without some atmospheric horror, and this week’s suggestion is Umfend. Not much is clear about this game except it revolves around some sort of experiment, it’s got a look that ranges from chilling to psychedelic, and the music is super nice.

Well, that’s it for this week’s bleat! I hope you found something that helps you forget about that one class you just didn’t try as hard in as you could have, even though the teacher was so nice and supportive. If not, I’ll catch you in next week’s bleat!