GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

Hey, it’s Joan with another roundup of labor news from the video game industry! I originally typed out “highlights” instead of “news,” but on second glance calling studio closures and layoffs “highlights” felt pretty bad! This month, we’re focusing on recent high-profile studio closures, with Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin shuttered along with similar stories for Roll7 and Intercept Games.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this genocide. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. Please do what you can.

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GYGO Mobile: Emulators Come to the App Store

GYGO Mobile: Emulators Come to the App Store

Hello again, fellow mobile gamers! I’ve been taking a loosely enforced break from social media, which means my screen time is largely focused on my great love of reading articles and playing mobile games. A GYGO or so ago, I wrote about Longleaf Valley, a merge game that plants trees when players accrue enough tokens. I suggested it might be my new Lily’s Garden, and while that not might be exactly true (the plot doesn’t grab me quite as much) it’s a great little game to pass time during commercial breaks. It’s just organizing, folks. We know I love organizing.

I hope you had time to grab the itch.io Bundle for Palestinian Relief, which raised over $575,000 for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). If you missed the bundle, you can still donate to the PCRF at their website. You could also consider eSims for Gaza, which provides people in the region with a way to communicate with their families and people outside the region. If you like a little extra for your donation, Cartoonist Cooperative has a program where you can send them proof of purchasing an eSim for Gaza in exchange for art.

Here’s what’s been happening in the mobile gaming world! (more…)

GYGO Cosy Games: It’s Hobbit Time

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 Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Sega of America Gets a Contract, Possibility Space Shut Down

Hey y’all, Joan here with another spotlight on the games industry and the labor that goes into making games! Most of my actual game time over the last month has been finally finishing Super Mario RPG and gazing longingly at Balatro but not daring to engage out of fear that the rest of my life will suffer. Star-crossed lovers, we are. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the soul-crushing games industry! This month, we have good news coming out of Sega, with a new contract ratified for the AEGIS-CWA union. And to balance that out, we have the sudden news of Possibility Space shutting down, the second studio from Prytania Media to shut down in just two weeks. I wish they didn’t have to balance out.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. The team over at People Make Games, one of the only large voices in the games industry openly supporting Palestine, has a great video outlining why we can’t afford to be silent. If you’re in the United States, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights has a great toolkit to help get you involved if you’re not sure where to start. (more…)

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

GYGO Tabletop: Now With 110% More Franchise Adaptations

Spring is in the air, the sun was (momentarily, all too briefly) blotted out by the moon, and I am back again with another post on all things tabletop in this week’s GYGO post.

Before we dive into the news: Palestinians still need help, whether that be in aid or raising awareness about the situation in Palestine. If you find yourself in a position to donate monetary relief, consider the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or donating eSims to the people of Palestine here. (more…)

GYGO Cosy Games: It’s Hobbit Time

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…)