GYGO Cosy Games: So Many Cosy Game Announcements

GYGO Cosy Games: So Many Cosy Game Announcements

Hi friends, it’s Zainabb here with this month’s cosy gaming news. I’m barely coping with life right now but there’s been loads of announcements recently so this month, I’m mostly going to sit in the warm, comforting waters of cosy game releases I’m looking forward to. Let’s get to it, but first!

Here’s your reminder to support Palestinian people. Resources 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…)

July Roundtable: Underwater

July Roundtable: Underwater

I would apologize that I seem to always start these by talking about the weather, but this month in my region of the Pacific Northwest is looking a lot more like March, by which I mean it’s been windy and rainy and “underwater” as a theme is feeling a lot more like scraping mud off my sandals than blissful swimming in a lake.

But hey, there’s room for all kinds of interpretations! Let’s talk about water, being underwater, and everything in the undersea (or lake, or river—you get it) domain. (more…)

GYGO Nintendo: Nintendo Direct Is a Hit, Mostly

GYGO Nintendo: Nintendo Direct Is a Hit, Mostly

Hi, Kamie here. I’m excited to be bringing you Nintendo news. It’s a particular passion of mine. I’ve always been a Nintendo girlie at heart.

Lately, I’ve been playing Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It’s been super nostalgic and was highly anticipated for me. It’s been my favorite game since I was in middle school. I seriously welled up with tears when they announced it was coming to switch last September. Although I’ve been loving re-immersing myself in this classic, I wish Nintendo would step away from chucking out remastered old games. We’ll get into that in a bit. 

I get to have an easy first installment since June is always a big month for announcements. The latest Nintendo Direct was a big one! It’s going to be an exciting year for gamers. Nintendo seems to want the Switch to go out with a bang.  (more…)

GYGO Labor: Video Game Executives Want to Sell You AI, by Any Means Necessary

GYGO Labor: Video Game Executives Want to Sell You AI, by Any Means Necessary

Hey, it’s Joan here to give another roundup of labor news in the games industry! E3n’t has come and gone and the biggest developers have put out lots of shiny new game announcements to conveniently distract from a billion-dollar industry that’s harder to keep a job in every day, yay! This month, we’ve got a “special” spotlight on how video game company executives are pushing generative AI by any means necessary. There are other stories on layoffs and studio shutdowns surrounding this that we’ll be getting to, but it’s real bad this month and we can’t let this go without saying something.

As we say at the top of all our news stories, Israel is still carrying out an ongoing genocide in Palestine. 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. Sidequest colleague Zainabb Hull’s weekly Crips for Palestine newsletter collects actions that disabled folks can take in solidarity with Palestine every week if you’re looking for another incredible resource. (more…)

GYGO Mobile: Fortnite’s Vehicle Combat Under Pay-to-Win Scrutiny

GYGO Mobile: Fortnite’s Vehicle Combat Under Pay-to-Win Scrutiny

Hello! It’s Wednesday again, and I’m still playing Longleaf Valley. I just figured out how to reunite Buttercup the deer with her family, by which I mean I merged items for roughly two thousand years of my life and then clicked a button. But readers, ya girl loves to merge. I’ve also been dabbling in Civilization V again while rewatching a TV show, so yeah, you could say I’m pretty hip to what’s going on in the gaming world right now.

Israel’s assault on Palestine continues. Please consider subscribing to Crips for Palestine, a newsletter of digital actions compiled by our very own Zainabb Hull, reading up on the conflict from the Palestine Feminist Collective, or donating to one of the randomized fundraisers at GazaFunds.com.

The annual Queer Games Bundle is also available this month to celebrate Pride—pick it up now for $60 and get 489 games, zines, and more!

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Game Enjambment: Super Emeralds

Game Enjambment: Super Emeralds

Game Enjambment is a reoccurring poetry series on games and gaming.

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