June Roundtable: Beach Episode

In desperate need of some relaxation, the Sidequest crew sits back and considers what games would (or have?) made the best beach episodes.

GYGO: A Truly Awful Week for Everybody Except Bobby Kotick

This week: abortion is healthcare, and Bobby Kotick still has a job.

Horizon Forbidden West: Vast World, Shallow Worldbuilding

Horizon Forbidden West’s clumsy reproduction of real-world politics results in a disjointed story with incohesive worldbuilding.

GYGO: Happy Anniversary Announcements from Dragon’s Dogma and Final Fantasy VII

In this week’s gaming news: good news for Dragon’s Dogma and Final Fantasy VII fans, Diablo Immortal’s release delayed in China, and more!

Horizon Forbidden West, Authorship, and Identity

Horizon Forbidden West’s focus on Aloy’s identity is at odds with its ideas about authorship, creating a disjointed experience of play.

Review: “What Happened Here” and When You Finally Step Out That Door

Elvie Mae Parian reflects on “What Happened Here,” an at-home LARP experience about isolation in your living space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preview: Face Your Dreams and Fears in I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Northway Games’ upcoming I Was a Teenage Exocolonist offers players a fresh take on the child-raising simulation genre.

Preview: Glitchhikers Meditates on the Journey, Not the Destination

Elvie Mae Parian shares her experience with a preview of Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between, a meditative narrative game.

Review: Haulways Trucking Inc Provides A Much-Needed Escape

Zainabb Hull takes on the role of a long haul trucker in Haulways Trucking Inc, a highly adaptable solo journalling game. In their first playthrough, they set out to explore themes of isolation and find an unexpected escape.

Review: Wytchwood Is Easy But Not Accessible

Wytchwood is a crafting game aimed at “everyone,” but its lack of accessibility and quality of life features shuts out disabled and new gamers alike.

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.

Level Up Your Poetry, Part 3: The Name of the Game Is Immersion

In the third instalment of her “Level Up Your Poetry” series, Katherine Quevedo explores how to improve your video game poetry with immersion.

Chip Chat #3: Becoming the Elden Lord (of Snacks)

In her third column, Madison Butler investigates whether Sweet Peachie Elden Rings are the perfect pairing for FromSoftware’s Elden Ring.

Sneak Peek: Postgame.14 – Theseus’s Flat Ass

We welcome our new editors, Zainabb Hull and Maddi Butler, with a chat about what we’ve been playing—and Uncharted’s weird politics.