Video Games are Reshaping My Relationship with My Chronic Illness

Video Games are Reshaping My Relationship with My Chronic Illness

It’s been over a year since I first started experiencing symptoms of a new chronic illness, as yet undiagnosed and mostly dismissed by doctors. I’ve lived with chronic mental illness my whole life, but this is the first major chronic physical illness I’ve developed. I am fatigued all of the time, with deep muscle pain that, over the past year, has spread from my legs into my arms and wrists. When my illness is particularly bad, I cannot eat. I feel nauseous, I get cramps, I can’t stand or walk for too long. In the last twelve months, I’ve also started a master’s degree on top of work, and I’ve continued to cope with mental illness and ongoing trauma. It’s been a rough year. (more…)

GYGO: WNBA in NBA 2K20, Pokémon Get Poké Jobs, and Black Ops Rumors

GYGO: WNBA in NBA 2K20, Pokémon Get Poké Jobs, and Black Ops Rumors

Happy Wednesday! What have you been playing lately? I bought Fire Emblem: Three Houses today so I’ll be starting that soon—more on Three Houses below! I started Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order; the top-down view, beat-’em-up arcade style isn’t my usual preferred game, but I love Marvel characters, and I’ll keep playing until I can play as Black Widow and Spider-Gwen. I also started my second playthroughs of Night in the Woods and Firewatch. This time in NitW, I’m choosing to hang out more with Gregg. Did you know you can help Gregg move a couch and also go on a crossbow-shooting adventure together? Let us know on Twitter what games you’re playing!

Here’s recent news that’s been on our minds, and check back every Wednesday for more on the latest news in games! (more…)

Creation as Play: Terry Pratchett, Author and Modder

Creation as Play: Terry Pratchett, Author and Modder

Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series and other fantasy works, but his name has recently cropped up outside the literary world as well. Even after his passing in 2015, Pratchett’s fans are still reeling, looking for places the prolific author might have left his mark. Finding it in a place they would not have expected, it turns out that Pratchett was an avid gamer and especially a fan of Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series. (more…)

GYGO: WNBA in NBA 2K20, Pokémon Get Poké Jobs, and Black Ops Rumors

Get Your Game on Wednesday: Say Hello to Mario’s Nipples

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!

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The Bard’s Tale: Pub Songs in Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition

Music is a major part of any video game, but confines itself to either sweeping orchestral harmonies that accompany you on your grand video game journeys, electronic music, and occasionally the hits of days gone by (like the radio in Fallout) or random pop or rock hits. The best of the latter curate their playlists carefully to make sure that they fit the theme of the game (L.A. Noire was surprisingly good at this, so many of the songs on the radio in that game are very catchy happy sounding songs about murder), but it’s a rare event when fully lyrical original songs to make their way into a game world. Even fantasy RPGs, where the bard is literally a combat class a large proportion of the time, rarely have original music with lyrics. It’s a huge missed opportunity in my opinion, but a few recent games have attempted it to varying degrees of success, most particularly Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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