GYGO Variety Hour: IGN Doesn’t Know How to Share

GYGO Variety Hour: IGN Doesn’t Know How to Share

Welcome back to Get Your Game On Variety Hour! I took an unexpected break due to having no concept of time, but the past is the past and on we move.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been having a harder time finding gaming news of the weird and intriguing kind I’m most drawn to. I wonder why that is…

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GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

Howdy pals, Zainabb here again with this month’s cosy gaming news! I’ve been taking solace in cosy games recently, which so often provide me with a balm during difficult times and heartbreak. I’m currently craving something more structured or narrative-focused than my usual farming or life sims, so tell me your recommendations in the comments. What are your “comfort games?” Do you enjoy horror games for stress relief, or strategy for escapism? Let us know!

Before we dive into the news, 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…)

GYGO Mobile: This One’s Mostly About Pop Stars

GYGO Mobile: This One’s Mostly About Pop Stars

Hello, and welcome to another Wednesday! I’ve been dipping back into my gaming jar recently to pull some games at random, and among the multiplayer TTRPGs I don’t have time for, I had a good time playing Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald, which is directed by William Pugh, who did The Stanley Parable, and that’s all I’m going to tell you about it. I also very much enjoyed Tiny God: A Tiny Game of Two-Minute Mindfulness, which was lovely, actually. I don’t even remember what the theme of my game was, but I do remember the experience being something like this iconic Tumblr post, so that’s nice! If you backed the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality three years ago, it should be in your library too, and Dr. Langeskov is free, so don’t hesitate to dive in!

Israel’s attacks on Palestine, including the invasion of Rafah, are still ongoing. If you have the funds to donate, Gaza Funds provides a new fundraising opportunity each time you reload the page. I’ve also been reading Palestine Feminist Collective lately, as well as Zainabb Hull’s Crips for Palestine newsletter, which provide vital information and updates on the crisis as well as actions you can take to inform others and support Palestinians in need.

And here’s what’s been happening in mobile games! (more…)

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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GYGO Mobile: This One’s Mostly About Pop Stars

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…)