PAX West Con Diary: Game Recommendations from Another Weird Year

PAX West Con Diary: Game Recommendations from Another Weird Year

PAX is a lot. It’s always been a lot. It’s always going to be a lot. It’s four days of walking through a dark convention center while neon lights illuminate computer cases. There’s inexplicably a carnival-themed booth that takes literal minutes to cross in the center of the con floor. Everything wants your attention, and it screams for that attention. (more…)

GYGO: Twitch, Please

GYGO: Twitch, Please

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’ve been recovering from PAX West for what feels like ages, especially since I haven’t had time to write up my experience there yet. When not attending PAX West, I’ve been dabbling in Get in the Car, Loser!, the JRPG-inspired joy that is Love Conquers All Games’ latest game. Except when I’m playing a game for a review I should also be writing. Except when I’m playing Regency Solitaire. Yes, I still play Regency Solitaire. Find me a better Solitaire. You can’t!

Anyway, here’s what’s been happening in games while I fall further and further behind on self-imposed deadlines. (more…)

GYGO: Twitch, Please

GYGO: How Many Times Do We Have to Say That There’s Still a Pandemic

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday! I’m Missy and I’ve got the news this week, which I’m sure will be totally uplifting and contain nothing negative whatsoever. (more…)

July Roundtable: Journaling Games

July Roundtable: Journaling Games

July, being the peak of summer here in the US, is maybe not the time when we’re at our most introspective. But maybe it should be! This month, we’re taking a look at journaling games, a genre of… well, we’ll call them physical games, because that’s what itch.io does. In these games, players use notebooks or their preferred writing format to respond to game prompts, sometimes ending up with an art object (a la keepsake games), sometimes with a great story, and sometimes just (just!) with a wonderful experience under your belt. (more…)

Democratic Socialism Simulator is a Soothing Balm for My Political Pessimism

Democratic Socialism Simulator is a Soothing Balm for My Political Pessimism

All games are political. But then there are games from Molleindustria, an indie developer whose explicitly political work has fascinated me since I stumbled upon McDonald’s Video Game back in high school. In this game, you manage McDonald’s from the supply chain down to an individual restaurant. No matter how much I tried to behave ethically, I couldn’t win—I didn’t get the message as clearly as I do now, but it left an enormous impression on me. I’ve been following Molleindustria’s work ever since. (more…)