Content note: mentions of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and workplace misconduct.
Welcome back to Get Your Game On! My name is Zainabb and this week’s gaming news is a mixed bag. We have more allegations of trash behaviour at Sony but we also have a host of big companies halting sales or access to their products in Russia, following its invasion of Ukraine. As always, remember to take breaks from the internet if you need to, spend time (safely) with people and things that comfort you, and stay hydrated. (more…)
Zainabb Hull is an editor at Sidequest, a freelance writer and videographer, and sort-of artist. They’re also a trans, queer, and disabled brown femme. They tweet into the void at @ZainabbHull.
I’ve been told everyone has a Final Fantasy, a game that introduced them to the series and got them hooked. Mine is Final Fantasy XV, the latest installment in the series and one of the most controversial.
After spending ten years in development—first as Final Fantasy Versus XIII and then as a mainline game after eighth-generation consoles were released—Final Fantasy XV was released in 2016. I didn’t play it until this year, long after the downloadable content had been released and patches fixed things like characters phasing through walls during boss battles.
(Note: this article contains spoilers for FFXV. Read ahead at your own risk! —Zora)
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.
Happy Wednesday! I return to you, exhausted from PAX and Rose City Comic Con, having played too many games to list. Currently I’m into Cook, Serve, Delicious!! 2, which is great if you like to chase real-life stress with fictional stress, which I do. On to the news!
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.
I’m procrastinating with the final episode of Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier and I still need to get back to The Witcher 3. It’s not that I don’t want to play these games. It’s just that sometimes, life and general malaise get in the way. Also, other games get in the way too. I am currently obsessed with Darkest Dungeon, the rogue-like game that demands a lot of care and attention for your adventurers as they venture into the depths of dark dungeons, lest they get too stressed out. The game warns that victories will be Pyrrhic at best, which is what attracted me to it. I’m all about the drama, and I don’t need to have a shiny, happy ending to get satisfaction out of a game. So it should come as no surprise that I’ve already lost about five of my adventurers, but their deaths were mostly not in vain.
Mother, geek, executive assistant sith, gamer, writer, lazy succubus, blogger, bibliophile. Not necessarily in that order. Publisher at WomenWriteAboutComics.com
There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of the endless runner web and phone game Tampon Run. If you haven’t seen it, go play the cute and strangely addictive game where you throw tampons at bullies and try to combat the menstruation taboo. The game became an internet sensation when it debuted in 2014 for its cheeky subject matter and the fact that it was made by two teenage girls at a free summer program called Girls Who Code. (more…)