November Roundtable: Frog

November Roundtable: Frog

A perhaps little-known fact about the Sidequest crew is that we’re fucking obsessed with frogs. Or maybe not frogs, per se, but responding “frog” (not “frogs,” not “a frog,” just “frog”) every time I ask a question. This can be traced back to our very important and hard-hitting list of best gaming frogs (which Chrono Trigger‘s Frog won in our Patreon poll), but “frog” has remained a favorite response for literally any question I’ve asked in the last two years.

So, in the hopes that I can maybe, just maybe, get another response from our contributors (perhaps “dog” or “giraffe” or, hell, “ludonarrative dissonance” [good luck —Nola]), I am indulging us in a bit of frogcourse this November. Let us celebrate frogs by discussing them (but not too loudly—they’re hibernating) in all their gaming glory. (more…)

Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Gamer Mom: Lessons in &*^*@# Perseverance

Once upon a time, I was fighting Jubileus. Bayonetta is by no means an easy game, even with its button-mashing potential, but I accepted the challenge and, one bright, Sunday morning, surrounded by my family, I took on the final boss. (more…)

The Thin Blue Webline: Spider-Cops Are Bastards

The Thin Blue Webline: Spider-Cops Are Bastards

There was a little bit of a… thing back when the most recent Spider-Man game came about. Not a real backlash, just a bit of a kerfuffle, really, about how the game features Spider-Man assisting the NYPD in repairing a surveillance network that spanned the entire city. It’s the kind of thing that in real life would be pretty bad, but because this is a game, the system works perfectly and elegantly, only providing the locations of crimes in progress and not spying on the day-to-day lives of everyday citizens. (more…)

GYGO: Miles Morales, Goodbye Bigots, and More Online Protests

GYGO: Spider-Man DLC, Soulcalibur 6 Character Creation, and The Witcher Returns (Sort Of)

Happy Wednesday! What have you been playing lately? I finished Spider-Man‘s main story and look forward to playing its first DLC chapter, The Heist (more on that below). I also finished Life is Strange 2 episode 1. If you’re looking for a heartbreaking story about two brothers that challenges racism and xenophobia, it’s a must-play. I’m only a few hours into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey but I hope Kassandra’s romance storylines begin sooner than later. Meanwhile I’m also playing Tomb Raider (2013) for the first time and I feel so inspired by Lara’s tenacity. Let us know on Twitter what you’re playing lately! Here’s some recent news we’ve been thinking about. (more…)