GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

GYGO Labor: Tango, Arkane, Roll7, Intercept Shuttered

Hey, it’s Joan with another roundup of labor news from the video game industry! I originally typed out “highlights” instead of “news,” but on second glance calling studio closures and layoffs “highlights” felt pretty bad! This month, we’re focusing on recent high-profile studio closures, with Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin shuttered along with similar stories for Roll7 and Intercept Games.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this genocide. 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. Please do what you can.

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The GameBoy Advance SP: Rooted in Grief and Nostalgia

The GameBoy Advance SP: Rooted in Grief and Nostalgia

As a kid, I was always a nanny’s girl. I spent many weekends at her flat, and it was my happy place. However, it was quite boring as she often just watched teleshopping channels, and there was nothing to do at her house. That was until I was gifted a GameBoy Advance SP for Christmas by my Mum. (more…)

GYGO Mobile: Emulators Come to the App Store

GYGO Mobile: Emulators Come to the App Store

Hello again, fellow mobile gamers! I’ve been taking a loosely enforced break from social media, which means my screen time is largely focused on my great love of reading articles and playing mobile games. A GYGO or so ago, I wrote about Longleaf Valley, a merge game that plants trees when players accrue enough tokens. I suggested it might be my new Lily’s Garden, and while that not might be exactly true (the plot doesn’t grab me quite as much) it’s a great little game to pass time during commercial breaks. It’s just organizing, folks. We know I love organizing.

I hope you had time to grab the itch.io Bundle for Palestinian Relief, which raised over $575,000 for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). If you missed the bundle, you can still donate to the PCRF at their website. You could also consider eSims for Gaza, which provides people in the region with a way to communicate with their families and people outside the region. If you like a little extra for your donation, Cartoonist Cooperative has a program where you can send them proof of purchasing an eSim for Gaza in exchange for art.

Here’s what’s been happening in the mobile gaming world! (more…)

May Roundtable: Moms

May Roundtable: Moms

Much has been said about dad games. Less has been said about mom games—for all your Witch Moms and Gamer Moms, more has rightfully been said about the lack of mothers in video games (or, alternatively, their poor characterization) than about the moms themselves. It doesn’t take a lot of speculation to see why; the gaming industry is notoriously male-dominated, and as that industry ages, their interests and lifestyles change—sons become fathers, as Stephen Totilo wrote about in 2010, and yet women are still left behind, as Mattie Brice expanded in 2013. (more…)

Postgame.25: Best Game Ever

Postgame.25: Best Game Ever

Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly-ish podcast where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. This month, Maddi, Melissa, Zainabb, and Zora discuss the best games ever, objectively. No, shh, we’re right. (more…)

GYGO Cosy Games: It’s Hobbit Time

GYGO Cosy Games: It’s Hobbit Time

Hi friends, it’s Zainabb, here again with this month’s cosy gaming news! Listen, I don’t want to get too excited because who knows when it’ll actually release, but I cannot wait for Tales of the Shire, a Lord of the Rings game of a genre I particularly enjoy. I don’t even like hobbits that much, but please! Let me live in Middle-Earth! Let me cook and harvest in Middle-Earth! It’s all I want.

Before we dive into the news properly, please check out the Palestinian Relief Bundle on itch.io, which features at least a couple of cosy games among its 373 items. You can buy the bundle for $8 or more, and all proceeds are going to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. The bundle is available until May 6 so go get it now!

Other resources to support Palestinian people 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…)