GYGO Race & Racism: Colonialism in Games Is Alive and Well in 2024

GYGO Race & Racism: Colonialism in Games Is Alive and Well in 2024

Hi friends, Zainabb here! I’m flaring up badly so tell me why I thought it was time for another instalment of race- and racism-related news in gaming? I’m keeping this intro short so I can finally nap and maybe play some Baldur’s Gate 3 with my dwindling spare time. Please drink some water (or similarly hydrating beverage) and take care of yourself. (more…)

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

GYGO TTRPGs: AI Art and Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve always been terrible at introductions: How do I start a campaign, how do I get players hooked, how do I entice my friends into spending two hours learning the rules of my favorite board games, how do I start a GYGO post? The answer continues to elude me and, I suspect, it always will. I’m more of an in media res kind of gal. Likewise, I always find the start of the year awkward; it seems like all the good things, the juiciest new releases and events, always happen far later in the year. Until then, it looks like we’re stuck with D&D and Pathfinder carrot-on-a-stick-type promises of Gen Con playtest material being dangled in front of our faces. And the threat of Chick-Fil-A themed games. (more…)

GYGO Labor: Of Course Microsoft Laid Off Activision-Blizzard Developers

GYGO Labor: Of Course Microsoft Laid Off Activision-Blizzard Developers

Hi everyone, it’s Joan here again for a labor in games roundup for February. I had to remind myself it was only February this week with how much seems to have been crammed into January. Between Activision-Blizzard layoffs from Microsoft and the big push some companies are doing for more “artificial intelligence” in games, we’re off to a great start to 2024, clearly.

As other GYGOs have mentioned, a quick reminder to support Palestine and Palestinian people however you can during this ongoing crisis. 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. (more…)

GYGO Mobile: Apple’s New Commission Rules Bring Back Epic, but They Still Suck

GYGO Mobile: Apple’s New Commission Rules Bring Back Epic, but They Still Suck

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday, fellow mobile gamers! I have rediscovered FrenchGuys’ Twenty for roughly the thirtieth time in my life and am knee-deep in swiping numbers again. I’ve been playing a lot of the “Thirty” mode lately, and the game’s frenetic pace occupies so much of my immediate energy that I don’t have time for thoughts. Ideal!

Anyway, here’s what’s been happening in mobile games since we last spoke. (more…)