Happy Sunday, friends! We hope you’re keeping warm wherever you happen to be starting your day. This is yet another round of all our favorite video game-related finds that we heard about in the past week. It’s in this spot where we get to share five special people and projects that are representing the very best about games culture. Or, you know, just super cool spaces to hang out.
In particular, we’ll be exploring two of our favorite blogs, two utterly awesome Kickstarter projects, and one very special game from a first time developer. By boosting the work of others, we all have a hand in shaping the gaming industry for the better. If you feel strongly about positive change, then you’re in the right place. We’re so happy you decided to join us on our journey!
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
Children of Zodiarcs
We’re kicking off our lineup today with a new Kickstarter! Inspired by the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics, Shining Force, and Tactics Ogre, this single-player game has been getting quite a lot of buzz from tactical JRPG enthusiasts. Children of Zodiarcs is set to bring together the team’s “deep love of these games, as well as board games and collectable card games like Magic: The Gathering” in order to create one incredibly memorable experience.
While this Kickstarter has been successfully funded already, the stretch goals are well worth your consideration. With more collectable cards, new settings, and character development, we highly recommend that you keep an eye on Children of Zodiarcs during its development process.
It’s been quite a while since we first discovered @gamerwifeblog. The self-proclaimed “Not a Gamer-Girl, Not a Gamer-Widow,” Gamerwife is a lifestyle blog full of charm and all things geek. Most importantly, this is a space where everyone is welcome, and the discussion about what unifies all of us never stops.
“It’s about embracing video game culture in its many forms, regardless of your own relationship to video games.”
From the “Indie Game Gang” to “Friday I’m In Love” series, Gamerwife consistently boosts the work of super awesome indie developers and games spaces. If you’re ever looking to read something inspirational or just plain cool in this industry, you now know where to stop by!
This particular space just recently came to our attention, and we’re so excited to share it with you now! While @sterlingkins runs a casual and fun blog, her welcoming atmosphere and charming commentary are not to be underestimated. Covering everything from classics like Diablo III to fan favorites like Mass Effect to app games like Episode Interactive, you’re sure to be entertained.
We think that Sterlingkins reminds all of us of why we were drawn to video games in the first place, and what it is that inspired us to stay. If you’re ever in need of a little pick-me-up, or especially a place to hang out when you’re feeling a little down, this is officially our newest go-to spot. We hope to see you there!
The Average Everyday Adventures of Samantha Browne
This to-be released game is so on our radar, and it should be on yours as well! From first time game developer @missafayres, The Average Everyday Adventures of Samantha Browne deals with heavy, important material packaged in absolutely gorgeous art. You’re tasked with helping Samantha leave her room in this interactive story so that she will be make oatmeal in the communal kitchen of her dorm. Sound easy? It’s really not, because Samantha suffers from anxiety.
You should check out the trailer for this game if you haven’t already! We were immediately drawn in by the concept, which focuses on such a stressful time in so many lives. It’s well worth the wait come spring this year when it’s set to be released.
The Offworld Collection
Led by the illustrious @leighalexander and @laura_hudson, Offworld has become more than simply a space for marginalized voices in the gaming industry. It is also a full-fledged movement, one that has been gaining momentum ever since the space was re-launched last year. If you’re a supporter of the work that they’re doing over there, we highly recommend that you consider backing their latest Kickstarter!
The Offworld Collection will be a physical book that features some of the site’s most prolific work in print. Many of our favorite writers in games journalism are listed there, and even if you don’t recognize all of them, you certainly will after reading their incredible work. We’re super excited to grab our copy!