There's never been a better time to take an adventure 'round the world

80 Days' latest update, which coincides with its release for PC and Mac on Steam, richly and lovingly highlights the game's best qualities—the sense of adventure it offers alongside truly unique and diverse characters. What makes it so special?

Mess up the practice space while the band keeps playing

At first you're just knocking over, like, cups and tables and band members and stuff, but then you start to play with the sliders. MORE

Celebrate the classic Breakout, and then rethink the term 'empathy games'

This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a takedown on 'empathy games' from one of the field's most well-known independent designers, as well as a unique collection of games inspired by the classic Breakout. MORE

You have 99 seconds to make art

Quick, make something creatively fulfilling before time runs out! MORE

The Beginner's Guide is a game that doesn't want to be written about

The co-creator of The Stanley Parable has a new game that uses game design space in expressive, subversive ways.

Wheels of Aurelia, a girls' road trip, may be my favorite game of 2015 so far

The driving hardly matters at all. I love Lella. If I'd known her I would have gone to France with her in a heartbeat.

Read Only Memories breathes life into queer characters in Neo San Francisco

The forthcoming game Read Only Memories stars a queer guest from the future who finds hope amidst a cyberpunk dystopia.

1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future'

Way back in 1902, a French manufacturer released a set of trading cards designed by artist Albert Bergeret that imagined the "women of the future." The cards envisioned women stepping into roles that would have seemed fantastical to most ladies at the time: doctor, lawyer, politician, firefighter, even members of the military. MORE

The new face of Pokémon is butts

Historically, the Pokémon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokémon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms and other assorted swag from Japan that will finally allow you to catch them all. MORE

Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city

It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. MORE

The geometric horror game Euclidean is Lovecraft levels of scary

Tentacles made of cubes reach for you from within the watery abyss. "You're not supposed to be here," an unseen being informs you as you descend into the first level of the game Euclidean. Deep sea creatures made of shapes swarm, pulse and strain around you—and soon, they notice you. MORE

The Mercator Puzzle reminds you how deceptive maps can be

The Earth is round, and maps are flat. While we have may mapped nearly every inch of our world, figuring out how to translate that information from three dimensions to two remains a problem. MORE

This puzzle game makes me want to learn about opera

I've never watched an opera before, but the new iOS game Magic Flute by Mozart makes me want to. MORE

Wil Wheaton on voice acting and the virtues of therapy through Mario Kart

Greetings, Offworlders! We're proud to team up with our friends at Critical Distance to bring you a special digest edition of their popular This Week in Videogame Blogging feature, showcasing games discussion from all around the web. This week, a therapist shares her successes getting through to young patients through Mario Kart, actor Wil Wheaton discusses a possible union strike by industry voice actors, and we explore Line Hollis's mixtape of games that break the fourth wall. MORE

This Metal Gear Solid spoof is heavy on the 'snake'

Imagine you are playing the classic arcade game Snake against your friend, except the "snakes" are Solid Snake and Liquid Snake from Metal Gear Solid. Well, your imagination is real.


For disabled players, Twitch offers community and a second income

A new profile in The Guardian gets to know young women with ability challenges who are earning money and raising charitable funds via online streaming service Twitch. MORE

Listen to the new Portal song by Jonathan Coulton

While delightful on their own terms, the icing on the cake of the Portal games has always been the songs by Jonathan Coulton that play over their end credits. MORE

Pay what you want for these great indie games and play all weekend

If you've got a few bucks and some time to burn this weekend, there's a bundle of worthwhile indie games that can help you pass the time for the affordable price of pay-what-you-want. MORE

Have a Twin Peaks dance-off with a sobbing Leland Palmer

Hey, Twin Peaks fans: Do you want to play Dance Dance Revolution with Leland Palmer? Yeah you do. MORE

No gay nudity on Twitch, but blue alien boobs are fine

The popular streaming service has a disappointing set of standards for its sexual content policy. MORE

Adorable toys for Nekoatsume, your favorite Japanese cat game

In the charming, compulsively playable Japanese iOS game Nekoatsume (aka Cat Collector), you spend a lot of time acquiring virtual toys to attract a coterie of virtual cats to your virtual backyard. But now it seems that there are actual Nekoastume toys for corporeal humans as well, and there's a way to buy them—even if you live outside of Japan. MORE

In Undertale, you can choose to kill monsters — or understand them

Like a lot of roleplaying games, Undertale asks you to become a child. When you fall down a hole into an underworld populated with monsters, your path seems clear: set off on a brave journey across a hostile land, destroy the evil monsters you meet along the way, and emerge a hero. MORE