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…)

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

Review: Get Creative to Cheat Death in End of the Line

The Final Destination films are something of a guilty pleasure in my household. If you’re not familiar, the series follows teens and young adults who narrowly avoid death thanks to a premonition and are then stalked and systematically murdered through strange “coincidences” as Death tries to settle the score. Also, Tony Todd is there. (more…)

GYGO: Layoffs, Web3 Strikes Again, and More

GYGO: Layoffs, Web3 Strikes Again, and More

Another Wednesday, another GYGO! I haven’t been playing much lately, but I did have some fun revisiting some old favorite board games recently—Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It!, in which you can answer trivia questions or bet on whether your friends will get the answers right, Slash, which is like Apples to Apples but you discuss why two characters are the perfect OTP instead of why two words make sense together, and my favorite game maybe ever, One Night Ultimate Werewolf. I am never the werewolf, no matter how badly I want to be.

What’s been going on in the gaming world? Would it surprise you if I said not much that’s pleasant to talk about? Sigh. Here we go. (more…)

Review: Enjoy the Pastoral Fantasy of Beecoming a Beekeeper in APICO

Review: Enjoy the Pastoral Fantasy of Beecoming a Beekeeper in APICO

I’m both a sucker for a cozy crafting sim and an aspiring beekeeper to boot, so I couldn’t resist APICO, a beekeeping simulator from TNgineers and Whitethorn Games, whose Steam tagline is “Stress-free games for nervous people.” How could I resist the promise of something stress-free and targeted at me, a nervous person?

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