November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

Let’s talk about travel! Some of us will likely be traveling to visit family or friends, and others will be traveling through virtual spaces and the spaces of our imaginations. Travel is a bit contentious in games; in theory, they’re the perfect means to explore new worlds and do things you could or would never do in real life. In practice, travel can be a chore in bloated open worlds and same-y forests as you move between dungeons. But virtual and tabletop travel can also be a wonderful thing, as our Sidequest team can tell you! (more…)

Recap: Life is Strange #8 Ends With a Bang

Recap: Life is Strange #8 Ends With a Bang

Life is Strange: Waves, starting with LiS #5 and wrapping up here with LiS #8, follows Max as she asks a lot of questions about the world she’s in. While we spend plenty of time with Chloe, Rachel, and even Tristan, this is Max’s story and her search for answers drives much of the action. Why was this the timeline that called out to her in the conclusion of Life is Strange: Dust? Why does Tristan have these supernatural powers? Is there a link between her and Tristan? Why does her old life seem to constantly resurface? Ultimately, LiS #8 doesn’t answer many of these questions, but that’s okay. It wasn’t about the questions it raised in the end; it was about Max finding her place in this new world. (more…)

Recap: Life is Strange #7 Features Friends… and More

Recap: Life is Strange #7 Features Friends… and More

Life is Strange #7 asks a lot of questions about who Max Caulfield is when everything is on the line. Who will she confide in? Who can she trust? How far will she go? (more…)

Recap: Life is Strange #6 Features Intimacy and Mystery

Recap: Life is Strange #6 Features Intimacy and Mystery

When I finished Life is Strange #5, I said that the table was set for an exciting story. Sure enough, Life is Strange #6 delivers in a way that’s unexpected but still feels perfectly inevitable. We find out that Max has been in Santa Monica for two years. That whole time she’s been building her life with Chloe and Rachel, and LiS #6 takes great glee in crashing those lives together.

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September Roundtable: Actually Educational Edutainment

September Roundtable: Actually Educational Edutainment

It’s September—though many of us have left our academic lives behind us, there is still something wonderful about back-to-school season, so let’s talk about learning in games! (more…)