GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

GYGO Cosy Games: Decidedly Uncosy Layoffs Plus Upcoming Cosy Games

Howdy pals, Zainabb here again with this month’s cosy gaming news! I’ve been taking solace in cosy games recently, which so often provide me with a balm during difficult times and heartbreak. I’m currently craving something more structured or narrative-focused than my usual farming or life sims, so tell me your recommendations in the comments. What are your “comfort games?” Do you enjoy horror games for stress relief, or strategy for escapism? Let us know!

Before we dive into the news, here’s your reminder to support Palestinian people. Resources include The Palestine Academy, the Palestinian Feminist Collective’s amazing action toolkit and my own newsletter, Crips for Palestine. If you’re able, please donate to Medical Aid for Palestinians or Crips for eSims for Gaza. (more…)

May Roundtable: Growth and Gardening

May Roundtable: Growth and Gardening

As the common adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. So, naturally, this month we’re talking about gardening and growth in games, and maybe interpreting that a little loosely because why not? Why be beholden to a single definition of a word? May is also the month of May Day, encompassing both the Pagan celebration of the beginning of summer and International Labor Day, which brings attention to labor rights, worker exploitation, and the various and extensive problems with capitalism the world over. So let’s not limit ourselves to what it means to garden in a game—let’s think about planting and growth in all their forms! (more…)

GYGO: IGDA Allegedly Mishandles Conduct Complaints

GYGO: IGDA Allegedly Mishandles Conduct Complaints

Content note: mentions of harassment and abuse, toxic workplace environments, queerphobia and transphobia.

Welcome back to Get Your Game On! My name is Zainabb and it’s been A Week. While I’m dealing with grief, mega-fatigue, and depression, this week’s gaming news almost feels lighthearted even though we’re still dealing with harassment and abuse in the industry, fuckin’ NFTs, and a reminder that our global queer fam continues to fight against oppression!

Please do at least one nice thing for yourself today and get some fresh air, even if it’s just by opening a window for five minutes. (more…)

Postgame.10: I’m Your Little Chicken Cutlet

Postgame.10: I’m Your Little Chicken Cutlet

Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly Patreon-exclusive podcast, where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. This month, we’re taking a little break from postgraduate research topics and checking in on what we’ve been playing recently… or, you know, two months ago. We’re working on catching up!

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Making Friends With the Grim Reaper: Processing My Grief in The Sims

Making Friends With the Grim Reaper: Processing My Grief in The Sims

I’ve been playing The Sims for almost as long as I can remember. My first copy was burned onto a disc with a paper cover, given to me by the uncle that used to sell pirated DVDs at car-boot sales. My memories from that part of my life are hazy and jumbled, mixed up by the loss of my grandma when I was seven. (more…)