Confront Aliens (and Your Own Feelings) from the Comfort of a VR Mech in ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos

Confront Aliens (and Your Own Feelings) from the Comfort of a VR Mech in ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos

Listen, I’m a simple person with simple needs. I like mechs. I like watching anime that feature mechs. But as any nerd that likes mechs will tell you, what I really want is to pilot a mech. (Or at least feel like I’m doing so; I don’t necessarily assume I have any natural talent for it.) And that’s what got me excited about ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos. Piloting a mech in a video game is one thing, but doing it in VR on my Oculus Quest sounds like the closest I’m going to get, for the foreseeable future, to actually being inside a mech—and I wanted in. (more…)

Review: Best Friend Forever is a Bastion of Queer, Dog-Friendly Joy

Review: Best Friend Forever is a Bastion of Queer, Dog-Friendly Joy

My first encounter with Starcolt’s Best Friend Forever was in a dog bed. Their PAX West booth was decked out with a comfy, cozy array of brightly colored pillows and dog accessories, as well as (if I remember right) a jarful of pink Starbursts. The vibe was right for this combination dog management and dating sim, and I’m delighted to say that, on final release, that vibe is still present throughout. (more…)

Review: Addo’s “Oregon Trail”-Themed Dinner is a Bizarre Highlight in a Bleak Year

Review: Addo’s “Oregon Trail”-Themed Dinner is a Bizarre Highlight in a Bleak Year

Way back in the halcyon days of 2019, I booked a video game-themed dinner reservation. Eric Rivera, chef and owner of addo:incubator (a Seattle-area restaurant with quirky, experimental menu choices that hosts pop-up events and other unique meals), planned to host a series of dinners themed around The Oregon Trail. (more…)

Review: Replica Says a Lot But It Says Nothing Unique

Review: Replica Says a Lot But It Says Nothing Unique

Homeland Security is requesting that you investigate the phone of a suspect who has allegedly conspired to work against the government. By perusing through the owner’s personal records, messaging history, and social media accounts, you must collect enough information so that authorities can properly implicate them in a recent terrorist attack—but should you? The choices you make and your willingness to comply will either make you out to be a loyal patriot who the authorities can trust or another dangerous traitor that must be put behind bars.
(more…)

Review: Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 is Gay, Colorful, and Sincere

Review: Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 is Gay, Colorful, and Sincere

When Life is Strange ended with issue 12, one of the biggest things I was going to miss was the cast of supporting characters the series had assembled but never fully utilized. Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 has put some of those fears to rest, but conjured some new ones with a double serving of those same supporting characters. Partners in Time follows Max Caulfield, Chloe Price, and Rachel Amber on their road trip across America with the High Seas—the indie pirate-themed band Chloe has done some graphic design for—and, unintentionally, Rachel’s Hamlet castmates. At the same time, over in the original timeline Max left in Dust, Partners in Time follows Chloe and Tristan (the ghost boy introduced in Waves, the second arc of Life is Strange’s first comic series) as they also follow the High Seas on the very same trip across America. (more…)

By Night Studios Provides the Vampire-Themed Bath Bombs We Deserve

By Night Studios Provides the Vampire-Themed Bath Bombs We Deserve

When I got the first promotional email that By Night Studios was introducing a new line of bath & body products, I was… surprised. You see, BNS is already a very important company in my life. They’re responsible for the Mind’s Eye Theater branch of White Wolf’s classic World of Darkness setting. I know, the White Wolf licenses are confusing, but Mind’s Eye Theater essentially covers all the Live Action editions of games you know and love—Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Changeling: the Dreaming (which just had a new release come out), and most importantly, at least to me, Vampire: the Masquerade.

The items mentioned below were received for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.  (more…)