Get Your Game On Wednesday: An Autistic Journey and Hybrid Board Games

Happy Wednesday, gaming lovelies! If the work week has got you down, try daydreaming about the Larp Design Conference in Poland. The three-day conference for designers and organizers takes place in a castle. That’s right, a castle! Don’t you wish your employer would send you? Now, on to the news! (more…)

Get Your Game On Wednesday: Sports Ball Refresh and Giant Monopoly

Howdy, gaming lovelies! This week, I spent time with a different type of gaming – watching the college basketball finals games. Tons of fun was had by all, but I think I’m all set with sports ball for a bit.

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Get Your Game On Wednesday: Halo 5, Harassment, and Dog Butts

Hello, gaming lovelies! It’s one of those mornings where I’ve overslept but am still cruising the internet completely engrossed in gamer jack o’lanterns. This week has been hopping with news, so let’s get right to it!

Halo 5 is out! 

After much anticipation, Halo 5 Guardians dropped yesterday and Bloomberg News has a fantastic article about Bonnie Ross, the head of the 343 Industries, who led the charge. You can also see photos from the Seattle launch party, complete with members of the 405th.

SXSW logoFall out from SXSW’s decision to pull harassment panels after being harassed

After cancelling two panels on harassment in games due to “numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming”, SXSW came under rapid fire. Several media organizations, such as BuzzFeed and Vox, have threatened to pull out of the festival if the panels are not reinstated. Now, SXSW is considering an all-day event focused on combatting online harassment. More information is expected later this week.

Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, Jeep Barnett, 2015Is the cake a lie? Find out in Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game

Now available from Cryptozoic, Portal is now playable as a tabletop board game. The game’s release dates were a tad squishy, scheduled sometime around late September but ship dates in October from some sites, but it appears fully available now.

A dog butt game controller that’s more than it seems

Butt Sniffin Pugs by SpaceBeagles Production offered a hands on play experience at this past weekend’s IndieCade. Although the game itself sounds like a crass joke, the design behind the game’s controller is one that the company hopes will help differently-abled gamers play more games.

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Kickstarter of the Week: 14 Days (of Chronic Pain)

Kickstarter of the Week: 14 Days (of Chronic Pain)

14 Days: A game about life with migraines. Graphic design by Evan RowlandChronic pain made a big impact on my childhood, and it continues to impact my adult years. I don’t personally suffer from chronic pain, but those around me do; multiple close family members of mine have migraines and other forms of chronic pain. Many of you who are reading this can probably relate, as a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine indicates that chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults. Chronic pain is so damaging, yet so amorphous. It’s not only the pain that’s damaging, though—it’s also the isolation. When I was a teen, pain took my mother away from me for days, even weeks at a time. As hard as that was for me, I know now that it was even harder for her. At the time, though, I didn’t understand. I couldn’t relate, I could only react.

Enter 14 Days: A game about life with migraines. Co-designers Hannah Shaffer and Evan Rowland have teamed up with editor Joshua Yearsley to create a two-player game that takes the players through two weeks of life as a migraine sufferer. It’s a narrative game that prompts players to conceptualize and share the experience of chronic pain. That experience, though, is much more than simple pain. Here, their words say it best: (more…)