Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Picture this: It’s around the holiday season in the late ‘90s. Toys “R” Us is still alive and kicking, and they have a separate section for video games. A young nonbinary kid sees a hardcover plastic CD jewel case with a purple dragon on the cover. There are three games in the case, and it’s on sale. (more…)

Mystic Messenger Trash: Storytelling Choices in Seven’s Route

Mystic Messenger Trash: Storytelling Choices in Seven’s Route

Welcome back to Mystic Messenger Trash, a game diary in which I chronicle playing Mystic Messenger for the first time. (Did you miss me?) The following contains spoilers of Seven’s route, Good Ending, and After Ending. Although there will be some discussion of Secret Endings 1 and 2 as it relates to Seven’s character—it’s very difficult to talk about Seven’s story without at least some reference to them—there will be a piece covering those endings. Content note for physical and emotional abuse.

Buckle up, because this summary is a long one. Seven’s route begins as he’s trying to balance keeping you, the player, safe from whoever is trying to hack into the RFA. You learn that he is, indeed, a secret agent, and his colleague Vanderwood, acting as his maid, watches over him. (Side note: Up until now and even through Seven’s route, Seven uses female pronouns for Vanderwood, but he’s actually a man. Why… did they misgender him? Is having a male maid so weird? On another note, why is Vanderwood cleaning up after Seven at all??) But Seven can’t focus because he’s never had a crush before, and soon finds himself coming to Rika’s apartment to protect you in person. This pisses off both Vanderwood and their spy agency, causing them to plan their retaliation to get rid of Seven. (more…)

January Roundtable: New Year’s “Resolutions”

January Roundtable: New Year’s “Resolutions”

Let’s talk about endings!

“But Melissa,” you say, “it’s January! Surely we should be talking about beginnings.”

Nola gave us some delightful wordplay with “resolutions,” and now we’re different than everybody else! So let’s talk about endings. (more…)

Review: Deltarune is Just as Charming as Undertale

Review: Deltarune is Just as Charming as Undertale

Spend five minutes talking to me about video games, and I’ll inevitably start talking about Undertale. Though I was late to the Undertale party, only playing it last year, something about it… changed me. Maybe it’s because the novel I wrote during NaNo last year, right after playing and heavily inspired by it, was how I got my agent; or maybe it’s because Papyrus and Sans speak to me on a spiritual level. Regardless, when Sidequest writer Elvie shared Undertale’s Halloween tweet, linking over to the new Deltarune website, I immediately downloaded the game.

Please note: this review contains spoilers for Deltarune and Undertale. (more…)

October Roundtable: Our Favorite Horror Games and Spooky Games

October Roundtable: Our Favorite Horror Games and Spooky Games

Welcome to the spookiest of months, when the dead return from the grave, ghosts howl from every empty room, and holiday releases start piling up until they crush you under the weight of all the conversations you’re missing out on.

This month, we’re discussing horror! We’ve previously chatted about scary games in a Twitter chat, but with new people always joining our staff, it’s never a bad time to revisit! (more…)