So. You got a new Apple device and a bunch of free three-month subscriptions, or perhaps a family member or friend has generously added you to their Apple family plan and granted you access to Apple Arcade. Congrats! You now have access to more than 200 ad-free games. But which ones are worth your precious storage space? (more…)
Madison Butler is Sidequest’s self-proclaimed jock editor. She co-founded the blog Critsumption and once got really into powerlifting via Fitness Boxing for the Nintendo Switch. She tweets at @_maddilo.
Every few months I go through a period of abstaining from Twitter, and right now, stuck in quarantine in a political climate that feels like watching an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, is as good a time to be off the bird site as any. But like all of us, I have a love-hate relationship with being on my phone, and there are only so many Instagram posts to look at. Look at enough, and you’ll start to get served some very interesting ads—ads that claim the Demon Brothers can’t wait to meet you, ads that suggest you can save a man and his wife from freezing to death, ads that suggest you’re legally skilled if you can make it to Japan. (more…)
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
Gacha games, games focused on acquiring collections of characters through random pulls, have become synonymous with the mobile market. Much like the toy collections from vending machines they are named for, gacha games draw in huge amounts of money for relatively low cost as people try to collect them all or look for their favorites. (more…)
Longtime writer, temporary office minion, and nerd of all trades, tiakall is a fan of lengthy subordinate clauses and the Oxford comma. She enjoys plants, cats, puns of varying quality, and making cannibal jokes before it was cool.
There is always something pleasing about watching cooking, even if it means not committing to the actual act of cooking itself. From the intense flamboyance of the Iron Chef franchise to the wholesomeness of The Great British Bake Off, there is something entertaining—and even relaxing—about seeing food made within unconventional situations, taking food beyond the basics of sustaining ourselves. (more…)
Elvie somehow finds bliss in purposefully complicating the art of storytelling and undertaking the painful practice of animation. If you see her on Twitter at @lvmaeparian, she is doing neither of those things. She currently helps with managing the socials to ensure that the secret recipe will never be revealed.
I first encountered the Animal Crossing series through Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005) for the Nintendo DS. Growing up, we were poor and I never had a Gamecube, so I missed that first iteration of the game, but I’ve made sure to pick up the main Animal Crossing games since then, including New Leaf (2012). I would always play those games for days and days, hours at a time, catching fish, selling beetles, trying to pay off Capitalist Overlord Tom Nook, before setting them aside for months, and return to find my poor town drowned in weeds. (Note: New Leaf is much better about not letting weeds overrun the place, and I am grateful.)
Azha Reyes spends entirely too much time playing video games, and even more time rambling about them. They’ve been known to cry about character development on occasion. They rarely shut up at @writethenoise on Twitter, if that’s your kind of thing.