GYGO: Star Wars: Squadrons, Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel, and More

GYGO: Star Wars: Squadrons, Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel, and More

Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing lately? I’m completely absorbed in the world of The Last of Us Part II. I’m over 11 hours in and it feels like I’m barely at the halfway point; the game is much, much more expansive in the sheer number of places to explore than the first game. If you’re a fan of the first game, I can (so far) recommend it. Ellie and Joel’s banter and adventures together are fun and emotional as ever, and Ellie and Dina’s interactions are sweet and organic. Let us know on Twitter what games you’re playing and looking forward to, and check back every Wednesday for more news! (more…)

Final Fantasy VII Remake Misunderstands the Power of Drag

Final Fantasy VII Remake Misunderstands the Power of Drag

As the eventual release of Final Fantasy VII Remake loomed over the gaming calendar, there was a great deal of curiosity about how the game would handle Wall Market. For the unfamiliar, early in the original FFVII, the protagonist, Cloud, cross-dresses to enter the inner sanctum of the lecherous crime lord, Don Corneo. In the original game, the sequence is an extended gay panic gag. Cloud is hit on and nearly sexually assaulted, and the game plays it coldly and crassly for laughs. To understate it, this required an update. (more…)

Exercising Mediocrity: Playing Skate 3 as Myself

Exercising Mediocrity: Playing Skate 3 as Myself

I can kickflip in real life. I can also ollie down a five-stair. What I can’t do is kickflip down a five-stair! Every time I’ve given it a go, it has always ended with some part of my body bloodied and/or scraped after an all-too-personal meeting with the pavement. Falling is a big part of skateboarding, and learning how to fall is one of the most important aspects of ensuring that your time with skateboarding is longer rather than shorter. Skateboarding is an exercise in pushing against gravity with concrete and metal. The concrete and metal always win, but sometimes a skater can work with them to cheat gravity and land a trick—an endeavor that can often feel like a war of attrition; small steps towards progress that are punctuated by often hard slams. Through accepting that one’s body can only take so much punishment and the humbling fact that most of us will never go pro, we must accept our boundaries. (more…)

The Katamari is Full of Nightmares, Actually

The Katamari is Full of Nightmares, Actually

An ominous figure looms. You are small, weak and helpless, bound to the whims of the powerful. Is it a movie? No. A nightmare? No. The crappy job you hate but need to survive? Still no. (more…)