How Playing Notpron In 2005 Helped My Programming Career In 2017

How Playing Notpron In 2005 Helped My Programming Career In 2017

Do you remember Notpron? I certainly do, although I distinctly remember it being called notpr0n—which I suspect is more a remnant of online culture in the late 2000s when it was originally popular than a Mandela effect. If you’re one of the more than 19 million people who have participated in this online scavenger hunt, it’s likely you have nostalgic feelings about it too. It was the first time I had seen anything like it, a puzzle game that wasn’t confined to the boundaries of a normal game in any of the ways I expected. (more…)

‘The Night in Question’ Raises Questions About People and Predators

‘The Night in Question’ Raises Questions About People and Predators

Humans are herd animals. Herds meander, move in an uncoordinated way. But vampires are pack animals. Predators. And packs move with strategy and intention. That’s what makes vampires so scary. They’re different than predators that exist in nature. Wolves, for instance, are predators too—but wolves look like wolves and vampires can look like humans, hiding among our herd in plain sight. Hunting us. (more…)

The Untitled Goose Game and Philosophy

The Untitled Goose Game and Philosophy

We at Sidequest are never ones to back down from a challenge, particularly a self-imposed one. So here we are, ready and willing to really talk about the Untitled Goose Game and philosophy. We’re also a little facetious, but damn if we didn’t also convince ourselves we’re right. (more…)

The Best 2019 Games We Didn’t Play Because We Didn’t Have Time

The Best 2019 Games We Didn’t Play Because We Didn’t Have Time

Another year has come and gone, and once again our gaming backlogs have ballooned in size. Will we ever shovel our way out from beneath it? Do we really miss anything by not being up on the hype?

The answers are no and yes, respectively. We’re suffering from a serious case of year-end gaming FOMO, so, naturally, we’ve packaged our sorrow for your casual consumption. Enjoy our list of the best games of 2019 we never found time to play! (more…)

Review: Dial Your Way Through Eerie Worlds In Strange Telephone

Review: Dial Your Way Through Eerie Worlds In Strange Telephone

Strange Telephone doesn’t give up much to the player in terms of what it’s about, and that’s by design. Originally a mobile game, it’s now available on Steam and Nintendo Switch and the premise is this: you play as a purple-haired girl named Jill who wakes up in a strange dimension in front of a large, locked door. You are accompanied by a sentient telephone and, by calling different six-digit numbers on it, you can be transported to different strange dimensions to explore, collect useful items, and try to find a way out from the strange situation that you’ve found yourself in. But you can’t just wander around there forever! The worlds you’re exploring will get glitchier the longer you stay in them, eventually being destroyed completely. (more…)