Tag: Reviews

‘Even the Ocean’ Offers a Message of Hope When We Need It Most

[Author’s Note: I was generously given a key to the game by the developers.] Three years in the making, Even the Ocean is the artistic successor of Anodyne, and the result of talented developers Joni Kittaka and Sean Han-Tani-Chen-Hogan. The protagonist, Aliph, is a young power…

You Should Probably Skip ‘Watch Dogs’ Before Playing ‘Watch Dogs 2’

Watch Dogs 2 (or WATCH_DOGS 2, as it’s stylized) is coming out on November 15, so if you’re among those preparing for the launch with its selfie reveal app, you might be wondering if it’s necessary to play the first game to get the…

Blanket Fort Chats: Boosting the Games We Love

“Blanket Fort Chats” is a semi-regular column featuring women and nonbinary game makers talking about the craft of making games. As “Blanket Fort Chats” nears its one-year anniversary, we’re doing a bit of a retrospective. In past Q&As, we’ve asked folks which games they…

Queer Identity & Diversity: The Winners of Rainbow Jam ’16

Rainbow Jam ’16 was a game jam held between August 20, 2016 and September 5, 2016 and run by Steven Taarland. The jam was designed to promote the ideals of the development group, which are to celebrate and promote diversity in games and the game…

Underneath the Mask: ‘Kissed By the Baddest Bidder’ Review

Not long ago, I was unofficially diagnosed with an immunological disorder that, at heightened times, keeps me stuck in bed. I went to play one of my many mobile games and found I had run out of memory (WHAAAAT?! NONSENSE!) and had to delete…

I Loved Nexus Game Fair, But I’m Probably Never Returning

I attended Nexus Game Fair for the second time this past Memorial Day weekend. It took place at the Regency Hyatt in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a more central location than previous years. After a fairly negative time last year, it was a difficult decision to…

Walking as a Process of Healing in ‘Lieve Oma’

Some of the most memorable and meaningful moments in video games have involved being alone in beautiful landscapes. Getting completely lost in the Canadian wilderness of The Long Dark, wandering through the pixelated meadows of Proteus or the ancient, forgotten deserts of Journey—they all surround the…

Scavenging, Selling, & Spa Days: Self-Care in ‘Stardew Valley’

[Editor’s Note: British spellings have been preserved upon request.] Recently, I fell hard for Stardew Valley. Somehow, I’ve already put in almost two full days of playtime, gotten well into my second year, and even reached the bottom of the mines. And all the while I’ve…

#C2E2 2016: Stopping By the Local Chicago Gaming Scene

While there was plenty of merch for fans of games and places to buy board games, Chicago’s Pop Culture Event (C2E2) was lacking in game programming this year. However, the local Chicago gaming scene was represented in both the video game and tabletop realms with…

You Down With GDC? Yeah, You Know Me: A First-Time #GDC16 Attendee

One thing I won’t miss about San Francisco at all is getting lost, wandering around at 8 PM with a dead phone before eventually calling a cab and crying when I finally got to my hotel room (look, it was a long day, ok?). One…