Becoming Addicted to Dragon Age in 7 Steps

Becoming Addicted to Dragon Age in 7 Steps

This past winter, I finally finished playing the Dragon Age series for the first time. Something rumbled inside me to write about the experience—the incoherent, stress-inducing, incredible experience—and so I’ve put together a list of how to become addicted to the famous BioWare series, from the first game, through the DLC, to the current hanging-on-to-every-BioWare-announcement-ever moments. Here, I’ve charted seven steps as to how to become addicted to Dragon Age, no matter who you are.

Spoilers for the Dragon Age series for anyone who, like me, waited ten years before starting this franchise. Major, major Inquisition and Trespasser spoilers. (more…)

5 Games to Play if You Love Hadestown

5 Games to Play if You Love Hadestown

You wanna get to Hadestown? Well, you’re going to need tickets. We don’t have any of those here, but, as your resident fans of Anaïs Mitchell and Broadway musicals, Elvie Mae Parian and Melissa Brinks have combined their powers to bring you a handful of games that channel the aesthetics and narrative of the hit musical. Join us as we drown our sorrows in Norse-inspired psychology, subterranean highways, and a search for Eurydice herself. (more…)

The Definitive Ranking of Witch Moms, Part I

The Definitive Ranking of Witch Moms, Part I

Remember back when we ranked Sword DadsThe Witcher‘s Geralt won that grand tourney thanks to lovely voters on Twitter, and now we turn our attention to that other most beloved archetype: Witch Moms. Yes, this is clearly a beloved archetype, present throughout history, and not something we largely made up because we like magical women. Stop looking at us like that. (more…)

The Top Ten Worst Lucky Emblems in Kingdom Hearts 3

The Top Ten Worst Lucky Emblems in Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts III was one of the most anticipated games of 2019, and with good reason. The 17-year-old series’ conclusion was advertised as a sprawling, high-def romp through beautifully rendered worlds full of your favorite Disney characters. Also, we were finally (allegedly) going to see how the hell this clusterjam of a series resolved into something halfway sensical. (more…)

#SidequestChallenge: 20 Games to Play Before 2020

#SidequestChallenge: 20 Games to Play Before 2020

Well, against all odds, we made it all the way to 2019, and what better way to kick off the year with the right goal-achieving attitude than… making a list! (A lot of us are planner nerds and it shows.)

But player, do not worry—this isn’t a “spend all my money on games” challenge. Tabletop, mobile, and free-to-play games absolutely count, and there’s a wealth of inexpensive or even free indie games you can support on Steam, itch.io, Humble Bundle… you name it. Conflating two or more requirements into one game alone is also valid, because we’re all busy and tired and it’s only January. (more…)

Surviving in a Massively Multiplayer Online World

Surviving in a Massively Multiplayer Online World

Let’s face it: playing multiplayer video games sucks. You’re just here to have a good time, but you made the mistake of calling out your next move in voice chat, and now some dude has made it his mission to loudly denounce the fact that “girls can’t play video games” and everyone’s picking apart every little mistake you make and why do you even play this game again?

It’s a frustratingly common sight in online games if you’re often perceived as femme or feminine. One casual interaction that leaves your teammates thinking they know your gender and now you’re being whispered to take off your armor and make your character dance; someone you’ve never met before heard your voice in chat and now they want your Steam ID and Battle.net tag so they can “hang out sometime”; you’ve got some twelve-year-old on a mission to call you every gendered slur his prepubescent brain can cook up. I’ve been playing MMOs for the last 15 years and, let me tell you, I’ve really heard it all. (more…)