December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

The video game crash of 1983 is probably what comes to mind when you think about terrible years for games. But might I suggest: 2023? (more…)

October Roundtable: Horror Game Settings We Might Survive

October Roundtable: Horror Game Settings We Might Survive

Gaming lets us experience a number of different worlds and settings totally inaccessible to us in real life. Sometimes those worlds are pleasant escapes. Sometimes they’re oppressive, threatening hellscapes. In this, the spookiest of months, it’s the latter that’s our focus—the gnarliest, nastiest (and also our favorite) settings and premises that we nonetheless think we can survive. For this month’s roundtable we’re nominating a few horror settings we might be able to sneak and trick our way through—and how we’re going to accomplish that—and our patrons (which can include you for just $5 per month!) will be voting on who, if any of us, will be surviving our journey. (more…)

Sidequest’s Favorite Cozy Horror Games for Weenies

Sidequest’s Favorite Cozy Horror Games for Weenies

Once again, October is upon us, heralding all things eerie and ominous: the wind whistling through barren trees on a rainy night; gourds, both ornamental and eaten; bony, oversized lawn ornamentation from a beloved multinational home improvement/lawn and garden center; a preponderance of frightful films, books, and games; and more. (more…)

June Roundtable: The Definitive Ranking of Bad Dads of Games, Part I

June Roundtable: The Definitive Ranking of Bad Dads of Games, Part I

We may be past the height of the daddification of games discourse, but bad dads are eternal. This month, in celebration (?) of Father’s Day, we’re returning to our series of listicles in which we nominate our favorite (?) bad dads and our Patrons vote on which bad dad reigns supreme. (more…)

Review: Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly Serves Up a Worthy Sequel

Review: Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly Serves Up a Worthy Sequel

When I picture the perfect coffee shop, I don’t think of the minimalist, industrial design that became popular throughout the late 2010s and endured in present times. I think of the dark green walls and warm wooden counters of Saint’s. It was narrow, or perhaps it just felt that way because it was crammed with things: the pastry case filled with tantalizing scones, an ancient floral couch, rickety chairs, and maybe a dozen tiny tables—always full—that were barely big enough for two laptops. I remember it as warmly and dimly lit despite the wide windows that overlooked Beaver Avenue. A seat at the window, should you be lucky enough to snag one, afforded interesting people watching. (more…)