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…)

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…)

August Roundtable: Love Indies Week

August Roundtable: Love Indies Week

In light of July’s first-ever Love Indies Week, kicked off by Failbetter Games, we chatted this month about our relationships with indie games, the games we love, and what the industry could stand to improve on. (more…)

Cherry Blossoms and Busty Babes: Ōkami and Misogyny in Western Gaming Culture

Cherry Blossoms and Busty Babes: Ōkami and Misogyny in Western Gaming Culture

This year, I played cult classic Ōkami for the first time. Developed by the short-lived Capcom offshoot Clover Studio, the game was first released on PlayStation 2 back in 2006. Since its original release, Ōkami has been praised for offering up extraordinarily beautiful escapism: its charming gameplay and painterly worldbuilding have earned Ōkami the reputation of being one of the best games ever made. In the 12 years since Ōkami’s release, however, what nobody mentioned was the game’s rampant sexism. (more…)

July Roundtable: E3, or Examining Our Excited Expectations

July Roundtable: E3, or Examining Our Excited Expectations

We’re resurrecting an old feature here at Sidequest! Every month, we’ll be discussing something as a team, teasing out our thoughts on a hot topic in the gaming industry through conversation. This time around, we’re talking about E3; our thoughts, our hopes, and our disappointments. (more…)