Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Vol. 1: Deserted Island Diary Reveals Tom Nook’s Side of the Story

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Vol. 1: Deserted Island Diary Reveals Tom Nook’s Side of the Story

Tom Nook gets a bad rap when it comes to Animal Crossing fans’ opinions of him. There may be something to be said about the capitalistic island state that he manages, but when Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, the game’s creator, Nintendo, insisted that he was a good guy. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Vol. 1: Deserted Island Diary tells us that, though he might not necessarily be a good guy, his experience with some islanders justifies some of his managerial decisions. (more…)

Gamer Mom: The Steam Wall of Shame Audit

Gamer Mom: The Steam Wall of Shame Audit

Having kids is fun at the beginning when they are cute and compact enough to breastfeed while partying for experience points and doing Sky runs in Final Fantasy XI. When they get old enough to do your crafting and farming for you, it almost feels like all those nights of interrupted sleep tending to their needs was worth it. It’s cute when they start playing all your games and you can share proud parent moments.

When they become teenagers, everything changes. That’s when you find out that they actually have been paying attention to all the lessons you have been teaching them. That’s when they turn your own lessons against you. (more…)

August Roundtable: Alternate Endings

August Roundtable: Alternate Endings

Summer is drawing to a close. We’re all thinking about alternate realities, so the Sidequest crew got together to discuss alternate endings. For example, consider the alternate ending of August where we had managed to get this up on time! (more…)

Review: Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Indulges in Sci-Fi Action But Can’t Leave Real-World Baggage Behind

Review: Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Indulges in Sci-Fi Action But Can’t Leave Real-World Baggage Behind

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 follows Talanah, the new Sunhawk of the Meridian Hunters Lodge. Talanah earned her title in spite of sexism and her tarnished family legacy, two of the obstacles set against her. She has worked to make changes to the Lodge’s protocols, intent on inclusivity across all of the tribes, instead of the elitism that limited membership to the Carja tribe, and, as revealed in the Free Comic Book Day Horizon Zero Dawn #0, the Sun-King has requested Talanah’s administrative support in re-envisioning the rule of Meridian. In HZD #0, Talanah quickly discovered that paperwork and board meetings and dealing with elitist bigots are no fun. When a contract came in for a new type of beast, the clawstrider, Talanah took the opportunity. Once a hunter, always a hunter.
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Gamer Mom: The Steam Wall of Shame Audit

Gamer Mom: Animal Crossing Is Teaching My Kid Financial Literacy

Animal Crossing is not the game for me, which is why I paid no attention to the goings on around the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But two weeks into social distancing with my 14-year old, and I decided that this is indeed the perfect game for this situation.

To be clear, I still have not played this game myself and my understanding of it is limited. My knowledge is relegated to memes, passing comments and tweets from friends, and what I can glean from the mind-piercing shrieks that come from my daughter’s room when something good or bad occurs. She frequently brings her Switch to me to show off some new accomplishment (she took me on a museum tour recently), laments about her wasp stings, visits friends, and designs outfits based on her favourite show, Bee and Puppycat.

Based on her interactions and the internet buzz, I understand that it is a good, sweet way to pass the time, but little did I know that it could also teach my child to be a responsible, financially literate person. (more…)