August Roundtable: Love Indies Week

August Roundtable: Love Indies Week

In light of July’s first-ever Love Indies Week, kicked off by Failbetter Games, we chatted this month about our relationships with indie games, the games we love, and what the industry could stand to improve on. (more…)

Diaries of a Horde Druid: The War of Thorns

Diaries of a Horde Druid: The War of Thorns

World of Warcraft‘s newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, launches on August 14th. With the Legion vanquished, the Horde and the Alliance have decided that the best use of their newfound freedom from the constant threat of annihilation is to… fight each other. Again.

SIIIGH.

Let me get ahead of this with a disclaimer: I didn’t play Warcraft. The Horde vs. Alliance dynamic has never really mattered much to me and I often prefer storylines where the two decide to work together or at least tolerate each other. I sided with Horde initially because I liked their characters better, then stuck around when I read a bit more about the lore and the whole “orcs were slaves and kept in camps” bit. To me, the Horde has always stood for independence, acceptance, and freedom. There’s a camaraderie present in the Horde that I don’t find in the Alliance and I really, truly love the ragtag band of races that’ve partnered up to form the Horde. (more…)

The Women Stars of E3 2018

The Women Stars of E3 2018

E3’s over and the gaming community is slowly falling back into the normal swing of things, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still lessons to be learned from this year’s show. Feminist Frequency recently published their yearly look at the number of women-centric video games showcased at E3, and while the numbers are still frustratingly low (8 percent of games vs. 24 percent featuring men), the games we did get show plenty of promise. I want to take a look at the specific games which starred female protagonists and/or featured women predominantly in their trailers, broken down by press conference. E3 has a long way to go toward equality, but we still have some games to look forward to in the next couple of years. (more…)