Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

Review: Fairyland Confidential is Dark, Dangerous Fun

I have a lot of ambition when it comes to tabletop RPGs. I want to play them all but rarely have the time, and time is even more scarce when it comes to getting a group together. But single-player RPGs are intimidating—can I have fun by myself? Am I throwing money at something I’ll never actually make time for, or is this a worthwhile hobby to get into? (more…)

9 Stinky Mobile Games To Turn Your Brain Off During Quarantine

9 Stinky Mobile Games To Turn Your Brain Off During Quarantine

Every few months I go through a period of abstaining from Twitter, and right now, stuck in quarantine in a political climate that feels like watching an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, is as good a time to be off the bird site as any. But like all of us, I have a love-hate relationship with being on my phone, and there are only so many Instagram posts to look at. Look at enough, and you’ll start to get served some very interesting ads—ads that claim the Demon Brothers can’t wait to meet you, ads that suggest you can save a man and his wife from freezing to death, ads that suggest you’re legally skilled if you can make it to Japan. (more…)

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

I don’t like visual novels. They’re usually not fun or entertaining for me. They don’t have enough choices for my liking, and I often find that they’re poorly written, or riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, often due to the fact that their platform allows them to sidestep the traditional editorial process of a longform narrative. Consequently, I am not generally the person to review them here. I do, however, love a good bit of gossip, so when I heard that the game Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect had been rejected by Valve for their Steam platform, well… I had to at least look, right? (more…)

Not Mad, Just Disappointed: Animal Crossing’s Fantasy Capitalism Fails to Imagine a Better World

Not Mad, Just Disappointed: Animal Crossing’s Fantasy Capitalism Fails to Imagine a Better World

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is my first Animal Crossing, save for a few unpleasant hours with Pocket Camp. But before I got into the series, I encountered one inescapable conversation about the game—Tom Nook is (or isn’t) a raging capitalist, a vile landlord, a benevolent man donating his Bells to charity. (more…)

March Roundtable: Crafting in Games

March Roundtable: Crafting in Games

In the midst of COVID-19 fears, the Sidequest team decided to focus our roundtable on something wholesome: crafting in games. We sat down (virtually, of course) and talked through in both tabletop and video games. Are you a fan of crafting in games? Sound off in the comments and let us know what does and doesn’t work for you! (more…)