Diary of a Hardline Shep, Part 2: Space Colonialism Is Still Colonialism

Diary of a Hardline Shep, Part 2: Space Colonialism Is Still Colonialism

So I want to start this diary from the very start. And from the very start, Mass Effect is very clear about one thing.

Shepard is special. (more…)

Animal Crossing’s Merchandising Efforts Tell Me That Suffering Yields Stuffing

Animal Crossing’s Merchandising Efforts Tell Me That Suffering Yields Stuffing

Animal Crossing fever will probably never die, and the well of merchandise has continued to be full since Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release in March 2020. This huge merchandising campaign is still trucking along to commemorate that game’s release. Animal Crossing, the aesthetic, will remain a spark of joy for many, but that feeling becomes a susceptible, vulnerable target for new ventures despite New Horizons’ latency. (more…)

Diary of a Hardline Shep, Part 2: Space Colonialism Is Still Colonialism

Diary of a Hardline Shep, Part 1: It’s Been Years Since I Heard That Name

It’s been eight years since I last played the original Mass Effect trilogy. I know this because in the final moments of Mass Effect 3 I knocked over my Xbox 360, gouging a ring into the disk I’d borrowed from my friend. At 9AM on a Saturday morning, I biked across town to my now-shuttered local games store to have it buffed, all things that could have only happened before I left for college. (more…)

Sneak Peek: Postgame.10 – I’m Your Little Chicken Cutlet

Sneak Peek: Postgame.10 – I’m Your Little Chicken Cutlet

Welcome to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly Patreon-exclusive podcast, where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. We’ll be posting short excerpts from the podcast to the site as we release new episodes—if they grab you, consider tossing us a couple bucks a month to hear the full episodes! (more…)

Why I Game: Elder Scrolls Online Makes My Small World Bigger

Why I Game: Elder Scrolls Online Makes My Small World Bigger

This winter, while my peers managed their seasonal sadness and pandemic isolation by taking up hobbies like baking or origami, I doubled down on questing and grinding in the vast digital sandbox of Elder Scrolls Online. (more…)

The Art and Play of Collecting

The Art and Play of Collecting

There was a moment early in the pandemic when I decided I would become someone who could identify birds. At the lake in my local park, I recognized mallards, swans, and some kind of crane, but the trees were full of birds I couldn’t name: tiny black and white striped ones that hopped and whistled, soft gray ones that sang sweetly, blackbirds with bright red racing stripes on their wings. I started taking notes and realized, with a jolt, that I was birding. (more…)