GYGO Variety Hour: Hey, Wanna Listen to Some Music?

GYGO Variety Hour: Hey, Wanna Listen to Some Music?

Welcome back to Get Your Game On, your weekly roundup of whatever floats your host’s boat! Now that I’ve written that it sounds weirdly sexual! I don’t want to fix it, so we’re moving on!

It’s been an exhausting few weeks for me and I can’t really fathom having well-articulated opinions about game industry shenanigans, so this week my beat is: concerts. Do you want to go see a bunch of suit-clad pros play the music that usually accompanies the little guys who live in your TV? I sure do, and I hope to make it easier for all of you to do so as well. (more…)

GYGO Mobile: Lady Gaga Corrects Her Spelling of Fortnite

GYGO Mobile: Lady Gaga Corrects Her Spelling of Fortnite

Hello again, mobile gamers! I have admittedly not been mobile gaming all that much in the past few weeks after a series of ridiculous events and being down with the flu for an entire week. Don’t get the flu! I had a flu shot and everything! Just don’t do it!! You’ll be so tired you won’t even be capable of disappearing into Baldur’s Gate 3. You’ll spend eight or so hours watching the first season of Bridgerton and feel unable to figure out why you did that even though you couldn’t stand Daphne. Just say no, folks.

Fellow GYGO writers have done an amazing job providing resources to learn more about the ongoing atrocities the Israeli government is committing against the people of the Gaza strip. In addition to the many resources they’ve provided for learning more and supporting individuals and organizations that provide aid to those in the region, I also recommend Operation Olive Branch, a compilation of links, fundraising opportunities, and more for people in need, and the Stop Gaza Genocide Toolkit, which contains action items and information you can visit and revisit as often as you like. I also find Crips for Palestine, a newsletter of digital actions for disabled people and allies written by our own Zainabb Hull, extremely helpful and informative.

Here’s what’s been going on in the world of mobile games while I wasn’t paying any attention whatsoever. (more…)

GYGO Labor: A New Largest Union, and Racist Gamers Are Mad Again

GYGO Labor: A New Largest Union, and Racist Gamers Are Mad Again

Hi friends! It’s Joan again for your regularly scheduled roundup of labor news in the video games industry. And while it is still decidedly bleak out here, I am NOT actually going to be focusing on layoffs this month! That’s not to say they aren’t still a huge issue with thousands of games workers losing their jobs every week (see all these articles), but there are bigger stories that let me conveniently spend only part of today’s intro talking about them for a change! We’ve got stories about the new largest union in the games industry, updates on the potential video game actors strike from SAG-AFTRA, and racist gamers are making conspiracies to be mad at again.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, remember 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.

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GYGO Race & Racism: Colonialism in Games Is Alive and Well in 2024

GYGO Race & Racism: Colonialism in Games Is Alive and Well in 2024

Hi friends, Zainabb here! I’m flaring up badly so tell me why I thought it was time for another instalment of race- and racism-related news in gaming? I’m keeping this intro short so I can finally nap and maybe play some Baldur’s Gate 3 with my dwindling spare time. Please drink some water (or similarly hydrating beverage) and take care of yourself. (more…)

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve always been terrible at introductions: How do I start a campaign, how do I get players hooked, how do I entice my friends into spending two hours learning the rules of my favorite board games, how do I start a GYGO post? The answer continues to elude me and, I suspect, it always will. I’m more of an in media res kind of gal. Likewise, I always find the start of the year awkward; it seems like all the good things, the juiciest new releases and events, always happen far later in the year. Until then, it looks like we’re stuck with D&D and Pathfinder carrot-on-a-stick-type promises of Gen Con playtest material being dangled in front of our faces. And the threat of Chick-Fil-A themed games. (more…)