Merlin’s Beard, Jam City! Way to take all the magic out of Hogwarts!
The combat has a frenetic arcade-iness that makes me a little giddy even as I’m being chewed up by the robot dog that was for some reason built under the metallic skirts of the robot diva that was for some reason deemed an essential part of the robot invasion force.
Celeste sets out to climb a mountain and learns a whole lot about herself along the way.
“Traveling back in time to school days, and getting to confront one’s bully, hit me viscerally. I found myself going through the game over and over.”
Hi hello and welcome to springtime, when the weather has no predictable pattern and neither does my attention span. Here are some games I’ve picked up for five minutes or thirty minutes or maybe even an entire hour at a time lately.
These days, I constantly crave queer ass stories about queer ass characters. Luckily for us all, there are some incredible indie game creators who are here to give the people what we want: gays!
Friedhoff games always give players a space to vent rage without real-world consequences; Lost Wage Rampage is no exception, and whoo boy, do we got a lot of rage.
Aside from the record-breaking amount of donations received, women speedrunners were more prominent than ever at this winter’s AGDQ.
This is a game about a vacuum that is not about vacuuming, and it’s a game about sadness that is not a sad game. I did cry at the end, but I basically always cry at the end.
Even if I don’t especially want to kill the dinosaurs, who have been killed enough by now in my opinion, seeing Budgie whacking a T Rex in the face with a lute that I made her to distract it long enough for me to chug a health potion really does just warm my heart.
Rather than simply acknowledging the ridiculous trope of no female agency in dating sims and attempting to explain it away from a meta perspective, I wish the game had instead just given the girls more agency.
“The question I asked after Episode One was always hovering, and it’s up to Episode Three to answer it: Is this story as doomed as it seems it has to be, and is that a story we should allow ourselves to get invested in? I super wish I could tell you that the day was saved and everybody is okay or, most of all, that the story honored itself to the very end. I wish a lot of things, let me tell you.”
It’s so weird and different and fun!
Jill has a crush on her boss, Dana, and, predictably, so do I. She also has an ex-girlfriend that’s a whole tropey plot of its own. There’s a gay biker boy and a lesbian veterinarian who works at a company owned and run by dogs.
A sweet, exciting RPG that’ll give you warm fuzzy feelings and non-binary heart eyes for days.
It’s also just so great to see a major games developer consistently shrug off the idea that a protagonist has to be a white man somewhere between CW Love Interest and CW Hot Dad in age whose character development can be deduced by counting the number of grey hairs in his angst-stubble.
Brave New World, is a beautiful fever dream; it’s a gift to queer gamers, an eerily accurate depiction of what it’s like to be a teenage girl just starting to figure out that, hey, maybe you like girls.
Today in this game I resisted the thrall of a spooky scarecrow, employed a phishing scam to talk my way through an enchanted door, rescued a chicken’s beloved egg from demons, and lured a rat with food so it would sit still long enough for a turtle to confess her love to it.
Nothing is straightforward about Senua’s journey.
This is, essentially, the best angst fanfiction I have ever read.