We Are the Music Makers: What We Listen to While Gaming

We Are the Music Makers: What We Listen to While Gaming

The first time I heard No Man’s Sky referred to as a “podcast game,” I felt my entire life change. I’m a notorious multitasker, and the idea that I could both play something and catch up on one of the numerous podcasts I’m behind on at the same time was revelatory.

Now, to be fair, I’ve never actually sat down to play No Man’s Sky while listening to podcasts. But as I was thinking about this, and all the other things I do while playing games, I realized that there’s a not insignificant part of my gaming history intertwined with the music I was listening to while playing. So, as always, I asked the Sidequest crew what they thought! (more…)

Eat Your Games: Aunt May’s Famous Wheatcakes

Eat Your Games: Aunt May’s Famous Wheatcakes

One of the first tasks you take on as you’re playing through Spider-Man for the PS4 is the collecting of backpacks webbed up in various locations. These backpacks contain some of Peter Parker’s old things; little artifacts of his life, both civilian and heroic. How those backpacks are staying webbed up when everyone knows Peter’s webs dissolve after an hour is a question for another time, though. Right now is the time for food, because one of the artifacts found those backpacks is an index card containing the recipe for Aunt May’s Famous Wheatcakes. (more…)

The Thin Blue Webline: Spider-Cops Are Bastards

The Thin Blue Webline: Spider-Cops Are Bastards

There was a little bit of a… thing back when the most recent Spider-Man game came about. Not a real backlash, just a bit of a kerfuffle, really, about how the game features Spider-Man assisting the NYPD in repairing a surveillance network that spanned the entire city. It’s the kind of thing that in real life would be pretty bad, but because this is a game, the system works perfectly and elegantly, only providing the locations of crimes in progress and not spying on the day-to-day lives of everyday citizens. (more…)

November Roundtable: Gamifying Our Games

November Roundtable: Gamifying Our Games

It’s no surprise that a site full of writers has a fair number of folks participating in National Novel Writing Month, but that got us—more specifically, it got Tia Kalla and Zainabb Hull—thinking about gamification and setting our own challenges.

Gaming is comprised of challenges big and small, from individual enemy encounters to executing the perfect raid in an MMORPG to finally getting your D&D group together. But what about the challenges we make for ourselves? Can we gamify gaming itself?

Turns out, we can. (more…)

Coffee Crisis: Caffeinated Clerks Combat Conquering Cryptids

Coffee Crisis: Caffeinated Clerks Combat Conquering Cryptids

You know what I appreciate as a critic, more than anything? Enthusiasm. It’s the primary thing that I look for; artists will always have differing skill levels or styles, and while one artist’s work may appeal to me more instinctively, another’s, though less refined, might become more of a favorite on the basis of the enthusiasm they possess for the thing they’ve made. (more…)