Feather is a Relaxing, if Brief, Meditation

Feather is a Relaxing, if Brief, Meditation

For the last few months, it’s been hard for me to focus on a new video game. Day-to-day stresses and my country’s near-hourly political turmoil (you know, the usual) all take their toll. Video games have often been my go-to shelter, but I find myself too distracted to stick with one for long. Spider-Man held my attention for a while, but I soon got overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do and collect. One of the ways my autism manifests itself is in a need to complete all the quests and obtain all the collectibles in video games. You can imagine the problems Peter Parker’s infinite backpacks caused me. (more…)

Behind Absurdity Lies Darkness: A Guard Duty Review

Behind Absurdity Lies Darkness: A Guard Duty Review

Billing itself as a game “about love, loss, and the end of the world,” Guard Duty is a point-and-click comedy adventure developed by the two-person team Sick Chicken Studios. Started as a hobby project in 2014, Nathan Hamley and Andy Saunders-White developed what would become Guard Duty even further thanks to Kickstarter success in 2017. (more…)

Heaven’s Vault Is Too a Game for Linguists

Heaven’s Vault Is Too a Game for Linguists

About a year ago, one of our beloved editors sent me a link to a Verge article about a cool new language-y game from the folks who did 80 Days. In the article, pull-quoted and all, the developers say that although the then-upcoming game, Heaven’s Vault, is full of linguistics and decoding, they don’t “think this is a game that linguists are necessarily going to like.” This rubbed me, an (admittedly ex-)linguist, the wrong way, but ultimately may have been a shrewd publicity move: I vowed then and there that I would play this game, and I would have opinions about it comma dammit. (more…)

Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Picture this: It’s around the holiday season in the late ‘90s. Toys “R” Us is still alive and kicking, and they have a separate section for video games. A young nonbinary kid sees a hardcover plastic CD jewel case with a purple dragon on the cover. There are three games in the case, and it’s on sale. (more…)

Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 is a Tough, But Worthwhile Entry

Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 is a Tough, But Worthwhile Entry

[Content Warning: Brief discussion of child abuse. Contains spoilers for Life is Strange 2: Episode One.]

Life is Strange 2 gets something that its predecessor did not: that power itself is not a bad thing, but that it comes at a cost. For Sean and Daniel, two Latinx kids on the run after a supernatural blast kills a Seattle police officer, that cost is higher than most. (more…)