Grow Up: Life is Strange Misses the YA Game Mark

Grow Up: Life is Strange Misses the YA Game Mark

Grow Up is a series in which I evaluate whether games called young adult actually fit the definition and explore why that matters.

On paper, Life is Strange looks like a quintessential young adult game. It tells the story of a teenage girl, Max, who discovers she has magical powers—in this case, time travel. Depending on the player’s choices, there’s a budding romance between her and her former best friend, Chloe, or between Max and her new, goofy nerd friend Warren. Even the visuals, tinged with golden hour light and an overall Instagrammy color shift, scream youth. (more…)

The GameBoy Advance SP: Rooted in Grief and Nostalgia

The GameBoy Advance SP: Rooted in Grief and Nostalgia

As a kid, I was always a nanny’s girl. I spent many weekends at her flat, and it was my happy place. However, it was quite boring as she often just watched teleshopping channels, and there was nothing to do at her house. That was until I was gifted a GameBoy Advance SP for Christmas by my Mum. (more…)

That’s Just a Theory: On MatPat, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Saying Goodbye

That’s Just a Theory: On MatPat, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Saying Goodbye

My son peeked curiously over my shoulder as I tried out a new mobile game. An animatronic chicken flashed onto the screen, screaming. I jumped and then giggled, my heart pounding from the jump scare. (more…)

Baldur’s Gate 3: The Real Brain Worms Were the Friends We Made Along the Way

Baldur’s Gate 3: The Real Brain Worms Were the Friends We Made Along the Way

Like many of us over the past year, I’ve been wandering down, down, down by the river. The absolutely massive Baldur’s Gate 3 by Larian Studios has not only wormed its way into my brain, but also my heart. The core cast that make up your party, all having their own desires and fears, slowly open up to the player depending on their actions, and that’s what ultimately sold me on playing it.

The following contains major spoilers for Baldur’s Gate 3 and descriptions of violence that may be triggering for some readers. (more…)

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

I’m sure you’ve heard of the many comparisons made to HoYoverse’s best-selling game, Genshin Impact. From comparisons to Breath of the Wild for its exploration, Cooking Mama for cooking, or Bomberman, Pacman or Tetris for the limited minigame events—the list goes on. But regardless of its similarities to other games, Genshin Impact is more than just a regular gacha game for the masses. Within the main game, there’s the Serenitea Pot, a system that allows players to create and build outside of the gameplay mechanics and story-driven narrative. (more…)

In Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, We’re Saving Everyone!

In Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, We’re Saving Everyone!

In the final battle of Final Fantasy VII: Remake we defeat Sephiroth and cast aside the shadows that swirl around. We’re standing in a familiar place: the edge of Midgar. Looking out on the horizon, you’re presented with a terrifying and hopeful world. For players returning to this place from the original Final Fantasy VII, the developers have managed to revive that feeling of grandeur because now, you may be able to change this story… (more…)