March Roundtable: Oscar Season (but for Games)

March Roundtable: Oscar Season (but for Games)

It’s Oscar month! This has no impact on games whatsoever, because games are not movies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dip our toes into the discourse anyway.

One of the things I love most about awards season is getting irrationally angry about what gets awards and what doesn’t. This month, we’re going to channel that energy into our own slightly irritated awards show! We’ve nominated our choices for each given award below, but you can add any awards you think deserve discussing in the comments. Time is not a factor—you can nominate games from years past or current games! (more…)

January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

January Roundtable: Newbie Hour

It’s January, the month for new beginnings! Or, in the case of this roundtable, a month for beginnings that may or may not be old.

This month, we’re taking a look at being a novice gamer, whatever that might mean to us as individuals. Maybe we were practically birthed with a controller in our hands, or maybe we’ve never picked up a controller at all. Maybe our childhood games were thinly veiled LARPs or TTRPGs, or maybe we’ve never rolled a die in our lives. Let’s find out. (more…)

December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

December Roundtable: 2023 Gaming Reflections

The video game crash of 1983 is probably what comes to mind when you think about terrible years for games. But might I suggest: 2023? (more…)

November Roundtable: Frog

November Roundtable: Frog

A perhaps little-known fact about the Sidequest crew is that we’re fucking obsessed with frogs. Or maybe not frogs, per se, but responding “frog” (not “frogs,” not “a frog,” just “frog”) every time I ask a question. This can be traced back to our very important and hard-hitting list of best gaming frogs (which Chrono Trigger‘s Frog won in our Patreon poll), but “frog” has remained a favorite response for literally any question I’ve asked in the last two years.

So, in the hopes that I can maybe, just maybe, get another response from our contributors (perhaps “dog” or “giraffe” or, hell, “ludonarrative dissonance” [good luck —Nola]), I am indulging us in a bit of frogcourse this November. Let us celebrate frogs by discussing them (but not too loudly—they’re hibernating) in all their gaming glory. (more…)

October Roundtable: Horror Game Settings We Might Survive

October Roundtable: Horror Game Settings We Might Survive

Gaming lets us experience a number of different worlds and settings totally inaccessible to us in real life. Sometimes those worlds are pleasant escapes. Sometimes they’re oppressive, threatening hellscapes. In this, the spookiest of months, it’s the latter that’s our focus—the gnarliest, nastiest (and also our favorite) settings and premises that we nonetheless think we can survive. For this month’s roundtable we’re nominating a few horror settings we might be able to sneak and trick our way through—and how we’re going to accomplish that—and our patrons (which can include you for just $5 per month!) will be voting on who, if any of us, will be surviving our journey. (more…)

Sidequest’s Favorite Cozy Horror Games for Weenies

Sidequest’s Favorite Cozy Horror Games for Weenies

Once again, October is upon us, heralding all things eerie and ominous: the wind whistling through barren trees on a rainy night; gourds, both ornamental and eaten; bony, oversized lawn ornamentation from a beloved multinational home improvement/lawn and garden center; a preponderance of frightful films, books, and games; and more. (more…)