Review: Robo-tea:1cup! is the Gentle and Cute Visual Novel I Didn’t Know I Needed

Review: Robo-tea:1cup! is the Gentle and Cute Visual Novel I Didn’t Know I Needed

robo-tea:1cup!

jo-robo
PC/Mac/Linux
February 14, 2016

A copy of robo-tea:1cup! was provided in exchange for an honest review.

After a stressful year like 2017, sometimes I just need to play a game where the sole purpose is to relax and enjoy a cute story about robots going on tea dates. Thankfully, robo-tea:1cup! by jo-robo delivers on its purpose: to provide a stress-free queer visual novel experience about exactly that. (more…)

Mass Effect: Perfect Digital Romances

Given the impending release of Mass Effect: Andromeda and my longtime devotion to the original trilogy, I’ve been thinking a lot about my experience with the Mass Effect series lately. My two playthroughs differed wildly; I was all about the rookie mistakes the first time through (RIP, Wrex), and though my Shepard was a more confident (and more male) soldier the second time around, there was still an egregious error or two that shifted the course of the narrative. Dramatic deaths, detonated bombs, and destroyed Normandys aside, I’ll admit that there’s one element of the series that keeps me coming back mentally: true love. (more…)

Makin’ WooHoo: The Sims and My Sexual Awakening

Makin’ WooHoo: The Sims and My Sexual Awakening

Back in the days before I played Dragon Age or Mass Effect, before I knew what a dating sim was or had any idea that games could represent relationships more complexly than Mario and Peach, I had The Sims. (more…)

Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age

Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age

Gamers are an opinionated fan niche. Whether it’s your preferred system or whether you like a twist of romance in your stories, conversations about games can turn from mild disagreements to name-calling no matter the topic. Dreadfully serious folks sometimes find romance plots to be a distraction from “real gaming,” whatever that means, while other take it a step further and claim that the inclusion of romantic plots in games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect actually damage their narratives. They’re not sweeping epics, they’re not storytelling masterworks—they’re glorified dating sims, not fit to be called games at all. (more…)