April Roundtable: Games and Social Connection

April Roundtable: Games and Social Connection

Since we’re all in social isolation/distancing/shelter-in-place mode, the Sidequest team decided to reminisce about games and social connection: how we’ve used games to foster and grow friendships and relationships in general. (Some of us discuss how we even do that now, all while staying safe!) (more…)

Here Lies the Abyss, Hawke, and Me

Here Lies the Abyss, Hawke, and Me

Amina Hawke: dark-skinned, short hair, queer as all hell, snarky to a fault, an apostate who believes in mage freedom. Not flawless, but instead flaunts her flaws with pride, and maybe sometimes works on growing. (more…)

Becoming Addicted to Dragon Age in 7 Steps

Becoming Addicted to Dragon Age in 7 Steps

This past winter, I finally finished playing the Dragon Age series for the first time. Something rumbled inside me to write about the experience—the incoherent, stress-inducing, incredible experience—and so I’ve put together a list of how to become addicted to the famous BioWare series, from the first game, through the DLC, to the current hanging-on-to-every-BioWare-announcement-ever moments. Here, I’ve charted seven steps as to how to become addicted to Dragon Age, no matter who you are.

Spoilers for the Dragon Age series for anyone who, like me, waited ten years before starting this franchise. Major, major Inquisition and Trespasser spoilers. (more…)

February Roundtable: Representations of Culture in Games

February Roundtable: Representations of Culture in Games

In 2020, we can all agree that representation is important. Having games from different cultures with characters of different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, abilities, and sexualities enriches the art form. But representation is only one hurdle to overcome—there’s more to diversity than visibility. For the month of February, the Sidequest crew is chatting about representations of culture, including what games get it right and what games have a ways to go. (more…)

Persona 5: The Animation is Perfect for Persona 5 Fans (and Maybe Others)

Persona 5: The Animation is Perfect for Persona 5 Fans (and Maybe Others)

Y’all might have noticed by now that I tend to get obsessed with things. My latest love (don’t get me wrong, I’m still all-in for being Mystic Messenger trash) is Persona 5, which I will one day argue is one of the greatest YA games to have ever been created. So let’s just say when I finally got around to watching Persona 5: The Animation, I was slain. (more…)