August Roundtable: Stars in Games and Space Games

August Roundtable: Stars in Games and Space Games

It’s August, which we refuse to think too deeply about. But you know what’s great to think too deeply about? Stars. On nice, clear summer nights, you can see all kinds of stars if you’re lucky, even if those stars are in games. So let’s talk about them! (more…)

GYGO: Pokemon Sword and Shield, Fallen Order, Google Stadia, and More

GYGO: Pokemon Sword and Shield, Fallen Order, Google Stadia, and More

Happy Wednesday! What are you playing lately? I bought Ghost Recon Wildlands after watching some gameplay on YouTube. So far I’ve played 10 hours and really like the campaign—it’s an open world with many optional sidequests of varying difficulty, plus you’re always with three AI companions so that you don’t feel like you’re fighting completely on your own. I also started my second story mode playthroughs of GTA V and Watch Dogs 2. Let us know on Twitter what you’re playing!

Here’s some of the news we’ve been thinking about this week: (more…)

GYGO: Pokemon Sword and Shield, Fallen Order, Google Stadia, and More

GYGO: D&D, Star Wars, Data, and Weed

Howdy, gaming lovelies! I hope you’re having a fabulous week filled with games! I’m coming down from the fun of my latest adventure in my D&D campaign and judging amazing games at a Games for Change-themed game jam at my local university. Last week’s gaming recap is full of more feel-good news, so let’s hop to it! (more…)

Star Wars: Battlefront II Diary

I briefly played the beta of Star Wars: Battlefront II. The combat was pretty good, the visuals were stunning, but since multiplayer campaigns really aren’t my thing, I quickly got bored of being repeatedly slaughtered by people with better characters (and skills) than me. Besides, I had only ever been interested in this game because of Iden Versio, the main character of the solo campaign. AAA games featuring female characters—POC characters, no less—are still a rare thing, so I will support the hell out of them, especially when the dudebros complain. Their lamentations are like the sweet song of the thala-siren and serve only to motivate me to play more games that they complain about.

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Get Your Game On: Christmas, Battlefront II, and Cuphead

Electronic Arts’ greed caught up to them when daddy Disney called about Battlefront II’s microtransactions controversy, which has affected profit estimates, but the game isn’t a complete write-off. The solo campaign follows the Empire’s Iden Versio’s secret mission after the destruction of the second Death Star. The current season of multiplayer action is called “The Last Jedi,” released this past week in anticipation of the new film. Like the multiplayer campaign, the additional free (!) DLC for the solo campaign also plays into the new film. As any extraneous material should, the content enhances the movie’s storyline, without spoiling it or giving the players any pivotal information.

I’ve heard lots of good things so far about Iden Versio’s solo campaign and as a fan of expanded universes and lore, I’m excited to add her story to my Star Wars knowledge base. But first, gaming news! (more…)