November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

November Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Travel in Games

Let’s talk about travel! Some of us will likely be traveling to visit family or friends, and others will be traveling through virtual spaces and the spaces of our imaginations. Travel is a bit contentious in games; in theory, they’re the perfect means to explore new worlds and do things you could or would never do in real life. In practice, travel can be a chore in bloated open worlds and same-y forests as you move between dungeons. But virtual and tabletop travel can also be a wonderful thing, as our Sidequest team can tell you! (more…)

Gamer Mom: Parenting Lessons I Learned From God of War

Gamer Mom: Parenting Lessons I Learned From God of War

I would like to retract my original votes for Geralt of Rivia as No. 1 Sword Dad after playing God of War, aka “Dad of War.” I still love Geralt, but his parenting style is kind of—well, by accident of fate, and he spends a lot of time in search of his daughter. Losing your kids on a regular basis isn’t typically the sign of a good parent. (more…)

Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Once upon a time, I was fighting Jubileus. Bayonetta is by no means an easy game, even with its button-mashing potential, but I accepted the challenge and, one bright, Sunday morning, surrounded by my family, I took on the final boss. (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…)