GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

Howdy pals, Zainabb here again with this month’s cosy gaming news! I’ve been taking solace in cosy games recently, which so often provide me with a balm during difficult times and heartbreak. I’m currently craving something more structured or narrative-focused than my usual farming or life sims, so tell me your recommendations in the comments. What are your “comfort games?” Do you enjoy horror games for stress relief, or strategy for escapism? Let us know!

Before we dive into the news, here’s your reminder to support Palestinian people. Resources include The Palestine Academy, the Palestinian Feminist Collective’s amazing action toolkit and my own newsletter, Crips for Palestine. If you’re able, please donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians or Crips for eSims for Gaza. (more…)

June Roundtable: Collecting

June Roundtable: Collecting

Welcome to June, Sidequest readers! This month, we’re talking about collecting. As a person with more books than is probably good for me, as well as an extensive amount of movies and little trinkets, I would happily identify myself as collecting positive. I just love an item!

This is something games are all too happy to indulge me in. Analog games have new editions, new books, minis, maps, and more. Video games have a million little digital things to collect, some for actual rewards, some just for the sake of having them. How does the Sidequest crew feel about all this? Are we keeping our own dragon hoards of gaming items? Or are we tossing out everything that doesn’t spark joy? Let’s discuss! (more…)

May Roundtable: Moms

May Roundtable: Moms

Much has been said about dad games. Less has been said about mom games—for all your Witch Moms and Gamer Moms, more has rightfully been said about the lack of mothers in video games (or, alternatively, their poor characterization) than about the moms themselves. It doesn’t take a lot of speculation to see why; the gaming industry is notoriously male-dominated, and as that industry ages, their interests and lifestyles change—sons become fathers, as Stephen Totilo wrote about in 2010, and yet women are still left behind, as Mattie Brice expanded in 2013. (more…)

GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

GYGO Cosy Games: It’s Hobbit Time

Hi friends, it’s Zainabb, here again with this month’s cosy gaming news! Listen, I don’t want to get too excited because who knows when it’ll actually release, but I cannot wait for Tales of the Shire, a Lord of the Rings game of a genre I particularly enjoy. I don’t even like hobbits that much, but please! Let me live in Middle-Earth! Let me cook and harvest in Middle-Earth! It’s all I want.

Before we dive into the news properly, please check out the Palestinian Relief Bundle on itch.io, which features at least a couple of cosy games among its 373 items. You can buy the bundle for $8 or more, and all proceeds are going to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The bundle is available until May 6 so go get it now!

Other resources to support Palestinian people include The Palestine Academy, the Palestinian Feminist Collective’s amazing action toolkit and my own newsletter, Crips for Palestine. If you’re able, please donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians or Crips for eSims for Gaza. (more…)

GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

GYGO Cosy: Nintendo’s at It Again

Howdy pals, it’s Zainabb speaking to you from under this permanent crushing despair! You know what helps a bit with that? Cosy games!

Here’s your regular reminder from me to please support Palestinian people however you can, now and always. For learning and educating others, check out The Palestine Academy. Share the Palestinian Feminist Collective’s amazing action toolkit. If you’re able, please donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians or Crips for eSims for Gaza.

We’re also coming up to the end of Ramadan, so it’s a good time to check out Fast for Gaza, a solidarity project that calls on folks (especially non-Palestinian and non-Muslim allies) to fast as an act of protest. For those of us who are unable to do a traditional fast, there’s also the option of abstaining from things besides food and drink that are important to us or the economy. The most important thing, though, is to be loud about the need to end genocide and colonisation, and to do what you can to take action. (more…)