GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

Hey y’all, Joan here with another spotlight on the games industry and the labor that goes into making games! Most of my actual game time over the last month has been finally finishing Super Mario RPG and gazing longingly at Balatro but not daring to engage out of fear that the rest of my life will suffer. Star-crossed lovers, we are. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the soul-crushing games industry! This month, we have good news coming out of Sega, with a new contract ratified for the AEGIS-CWA union. And to balance that out, we have the sudden news of Possibility Space shutting down, the second studio from Prytania Media to shut down in just two weeks. I wish they didn’t have to balance out.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

I’m sure you’ve heard of the many comparisons made to HoYoverse’s best-selling game, Genshin Impact. From comparisons to Breath of the Wild for its exploration, Cooking Mama for cooking, or Bomberman, Pacman or Tetris for the limited minigame events—the list goes on. But regardless of its similarities to other games, Genshin Impact is more than just a regular gacha game for the masses. Within the main game, there’s the Serenitea Pot, a system that allows players to create and build outside of the gameplay mechanics and story-driven narrative. (more…)

Postgame.24: 12 Seasons of Bones

Postgame.24: 12 Seasons of Bones

Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly-ish podcast where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. Maddi, Melissa, and Zora are back from our long-for-us, quick-for-you break, discussing all the things we did during the absence. By which we mean Baldur’s Gate III. (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

Spring is in the air, the sun was (momentarily, all too briefly) blotted out by the moon, and I am back again with another post on all things tabletop in this week’s GYGO post.

Before we dive into the news: Palestinians still need help, whether that be in aid or raising awareness about the situation in Palestine. If you find yourself in a position to donate monetary relief, consider the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or donating eSims to the people of Palestine here. (more…)

GYGO Cosy: Nintendo’s at It Again

GYGO Cosy: Nintendo’s at It Again

Howdy pals, it’s Zainabb speaking to you from under this permanent crushing despair! You know what helps a bit with that? Cosy games!

Here’s your regular reminder from me to please support Palestinian people however you can, now and always. For learning and educating others, check out The Palestine Academy. Share the Palestinian Feminist Collective’s amazing action toolkit. If you’re able, please donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians or Crips for eSims for Gaza.

We’re also coming up to the end of Ramadan, so it’s a good time to check out Fast for Gaza, a solidarity project that calls on folks (especially non-Palestinian and non-Muslim allies) to fast as an act of protest. For those of us who are unable to do a traditional fast, there’s also the option of abstaining from things besides food and drink that are important to us or the economy. The most important thing, though, is to be loud about the need to end genocide and colonisation, and to do what you can to take action. (more…)

GYGO Variety Hour: Hey, Wanna Listen to Some Music?

GYGO Variety Hour: Hey, Wanna Listen to Some Music?

Welcome back to Get Your Game On, your weekly roundup of whatever floats your host’s boat! Now that I’ve written that it sounds weirdly sexual! I don’t want to fix it, so we’re moving on!

It’s been an exhausting few weeks for me and I can’t really fathom having well-articulated opinions about game industry shenanigans, so this week my beat is: concerts. Do you want to go see a bunch of suit-clad pros play the music that usually accompanies the little guys who live in your TV? I sure do, and I hope to make it easier for all of you to do so as well. (more…)

GYGO Mobile: Lady Gaga Corrects Her Spelling of Fortnite

GYGO Mobile: Lady Gaga Corrects Her Spelling of Fortnite

Hello again, mobile gamers! I have admittedly not been mobile gaming all that much in the past few weeks after a series of ridiculous events and being down with the flu for an entire week. Don’t get the flu! I had a flu shot and everything! Just don’t do it!! You’ll be so tired you won’t even be capable of disappearing into Baldur’s Gate 3. You’ll spend eight or so hours watching the first season of Bridgerton and feel unable to figure out why you did that even though you couldn’t stand Daphne. Just say no, folks.

Fellow GYGO writers have done an amazing job providing resources to learn more about the ongoing atrocities the Israeli government is committing against the people of the Gaza strip. In addition to the many resources they’ve provided for learning more and supporting individuals and organizations that provide aid to those in the region, I also recommend Operation Olive Branch, a compilation of links, fundraising opportunities, and more for people in need, and the Stop Gaza Genocide Toolkit, which contains action items and information you can visit and revisit as often as you like. I also find Crips for Palestine, a newsletter of digital actions for disabled people and allies written by our own Zainabb Hull, extremely helpful and informative.

Here’s what’s been going on in the world of mobile games while I wasn’t paying any attention whatsoever. (more…)

The Definitive Game Foods Menu, Part One

The Definitive Game Foods Menu, Part One

We here at Sidequest are a hungry bunch. That’s why we’ve brought you such important and groundbreaking series as Eat Your Games and Chip Chat—we love games, we love a snack, so why not combine the two?

But what we haven’t done yet is pit our favorite gaming snacks against one another. So we bring you an important question: what gaming food would you most like to eat, and why? Help us design a menu for our Patrons, and nominate your favorite gaming foods in the comments! (more…)

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

GYGO Labor: A New Largest Union, and Racist Gamers Are Mad Again

Hi friends! It’s Joan again for your regularly scheduled roundup of labor news in the video games industry. And while it is still decidedly bleak out here, I am NOT actually going to be focusing on layoffs this month! That’s not to say they aren’t still a huge issue with thousands of games workers losing their jobs every week (see all these articles), but there are bigger stories that let me conveniently spend only part of today’s intro talking about them for a change! We’ve got stories about the new largest union in the games industry, updates on the potential video game actors strike from SAG-AFTRA, and racist gamers are making conspiracies to be mad at again.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, remember to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start.

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March Roundtable: Oscar Season (but for Games)

March Roundtable: Oscar Season (but for Games)

It’s Oscar month! This has no impact on games whatsoever, because games are not movies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dip our toes into the discourse anyway.

One of the things I love most about awards season is getting irrationally angry about what gets awards and what doesn’t. This month, we’re going to channel that energy into our own slightly irritated awards show! We’ve nominated our choices for each given award below, but you can add any awards you think deserve discussing in the comments. Time is not a factor—you can nominate games from years past or current games! (more…)