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…)

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…)

September Roundtable: Bi Pride Week!

September Roundtable: Bi Pride Week!

Mid-September is Bi Pride Week, a time to celebrate bisexual folks and bisexualities, and recognise the glory and chaos of the bi community! This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bi Week so the Sidequest squad is talking about all things bi in games. (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…)

Review: Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 is Gay, Colorful, and Sincere

Review: Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 is Gay, Colorful, and Sincere

When Life is Strange ended with issue 12, one of the biggest things I was going to miss was the cast of supporting characters the series had assembled but never fully utilized. Life is Strange: Partners in Time #1 has put some of those fears to rest, but conjured some new ones with a double serving of those same supporting characters. Partners in Time follows Max Caulfield, Chloe Price, and Rachel Amber on their road trip across America with the High Seas—the indie pirate-themed band Chloe has done some graphic design for—and, unintentionally, Rachel’s Hamlet castmates. At the same time, over in the original timeline Max left in Dust, Partners in Time follows Chloe and Tristan (the ghost boy introduced in Waves, the second arc of Life is Strange’s first comic series) as they also follow the High Seas on the very same trip across America. (more…)