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…)

March Roundtable: Time Travel

March Roundtable: Time Travel

Time, like most things, is a construct. But never have we been more aware of that fact than in 2022, which is simultaneously three years ago and six years from now. In light of occupying a strange, shifting period, this month we’re talking about time travel in games! What games do it well? What games do it poorly? And what can we learn from its inclusion? (more…)

February Roundtable: Companions

February Roundtable: Companions

It’s February, the month of ~love~, but love is broad and you know we love to interpret words loosely around here. So, we’re talking companions! What makes them fun? What makes them annoying? Why did 2000s Bioware only know how to write one human sci-fi man? Let’s find out together.

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November Roundtable: Frog

The Definitive Ranking of Game Frogs, Part I

Once upon a time, a naive editor in chief sat down in the Sidequest Slack, gazed upon her writers, and asked, “What, dear friends, is a worthy followup to Witch Moms and Sword Dads? What might we rank, to be referenced for generations to come, that sits on par with those parental figures we love so dearly?” (more…)

#BiWeek: A Roundtable about Bisexuality in Video Games

#BiWeek: A Roundtable about Bisexuality in Video Games

Mid-September doesn’t just mark a change in seasons, leaf colors, and Starbucks orders: it also means #BiWeek, a celebration of bisexuality and bi+ sexualities! This year, the Sidequest team decided to consider bisexuality in video games. (more…)