Wonderful old video game art coupled with haunting prompts

Leigh Alexander

I've found a beautiful and mysterious Tumblr that combines (what look like) old, obscure video game screenshots with (what look like) snippets of original fiction. As is so often the case with Tumblr I'm not sure who runs it or why, or if it's part of something larger I'm missing, but I sure do like […] Read the rest

How 'gamer' taste makes life harder for game developers

Leigh Alexander

"Stepping into games is like arriving at a cheese-tasting party where most of the crowd is angrily murmuring that cheddar and swiss are always and objectively the best cheeses." Read the rest

Play it now: I FIND MYSELF [________]

Leigh Alexander

This is a game about things on a table. I'm not even sure what I find so lovable about it—the time I went to put a cassette in its player and bluntly knocked the player clean out the window, maybe. And how, after that, I decided to throw everything out the window. A coffee cup […] Read the rest

Speed dating with dogs is still better than Tinder

Laura Hudson

Making small talk on a first date isn't easy, but when you're dating a dog, at least it's adorable. Read the rest

The surprising games people made with public domain works

Leigh Alexander

Tired of Cthulu and zombies? Try some games about Dorian Gray, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, and many other fruits of a jam themed around public domain works. Read the rest

Why don't female protagonists often get to date?

Leigh Alexander

Little by little we're seeing more believable women characters in some of our video games, but what about their romantic options? Read the rest

Play rock, paper, scissors with musical cowboys

Leigh Alexander

The lonesome but spirited march of Western music and a stripe of desert sunset forms the backdrop of a creative new game called Rhythm Ranger, where you battle outlaw cowboys on a speeding train in games of rhythm rock, paper, scissors. Read the rest

Cobra Club is a game about dick pics and state surveillance

Laura Hudson

Explore the genital selfie as a consensual act of self-worth, and a demand for sexual and information privacy. Read the rest

These text games are strange, beautiful and essential

Laura Hudson

Porpentine's dystopian interactive fiction gets collected in a bundle called Eczema Orifice Angel. Read the rest

I clicked one of those 'sexy' browser game ads so you don't have to

Leigh Alexander

We've all seen them; Ads featuring computer-generated women (or occasionally Kate Upton), promising a uniquely sexy game experience. I tried it. Wanna know what it was like? Read the rest

Apply for a Legend of Zelda college scholarship

Laura Hudson

Are you a college student who embodies the virtues of the Triforce and needs five hundred bucks for school? Read the rest

All the women I know in video games are tired

Leigh Alexander

But it's not for the reasons you think. Read the rest

This fresh, romantic take on Solitaire will have you hooked

Leigh Alexander

Imagine the card game of Solitaire, except it's about Victorian courtship, and you can win fancy dresses and decorate your ballroom and also unlock clever and challenging new twists on the game design. I KNOW. No seriously you have got to play this I'm not kidding. Read the rest

Play this creepy, charming girl detective game

Laura Hudson

It's hard to be scary and adorable at the same time, but Jenny LeClue pulls it off. Read the rest

I don't really 'get' this game, but I like it

Leigh Alexander

My pal Cameron Kunzelman made this game called Epanalepsis, where three different characters 20 years apart walk around and talk about the things they see. I'm not sure I understand it, but I'm experiencing such excellent dissonance between what the game seems to be and what it says it is that I almost love it […] Read the rest

The vast, unplayable history of video games

Gita Jackson

We face a practical -- and cultural -- archiving crisis unprecedented in any other medium. It's time to change that. Read the rest

A dungeon game within an experimental documentary book

Leigh Alexander

The author of This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book] describes his new project as "a multi-format creative experiment that merges the worlds of game design, interactive fiction, indie authorship, and self-publishing together in one crazy project." Read the rest

This upcoming horror game looks really, really scary and everyone's excited

Leigh Alexander

Horror video games have definitely lost something in recent years thanks to commercial constraints and a culture shift toward direct action and away from mystery—which is why promising new ones get genre fans' enthusiasm way up. Read the rest

Having Vin Diesel as your dungeon master is really soothing

Leigh Alexander

What would it be like to have actor Vin Diesel gently and encouragingly DM a game of Dungeons & Dragons for you? Thanks to a new Twine game, you don't have to guess, and the result is joyful. Read the rest

The whispery world of ASMR enters virtual reality

Laura Hudson

For the first time, ASMR experiences are pioneering beyond simple soft talk. Read the rest

Turn your screen into a playable Super Mario level

Laura Hudson

Translate a screenshot into the familiar bricks and clouds of Super Mario, and then set a certain plumber loose to roam. Read the rest

A trippy program that makes you the DJ of your own art

Laura Hudson

If you've ever stared slack-jawed at the swirling images of a music visualizer like Winamp, check out Iridescent Configuration, a program where you take control of the lightshow. Read the rest

This comic makes privilege incredibly easy to understand

Laura Hudson

One of the clearest depictions you'll ever see of how small advantages can make huge differences. Read the rest

Spirited Away is still so lovely as an old Nintendo game

Laura Hudson

This 8-bit tribute to the greatest Studio Ghibli movie transforms the magic of Miyazaki into pixels. Read the rest

Out of the closet and into the arcade

Laura Hudson

Watch Gaming in Color, a film exploring the LGBT side of gaming. Read the rest

In this game, censorship does not mean 'deleting your spiteful internet comments'

Leigh Alexander

The Westport Independent casts you as the clip-happy editor of a newsrag under an oppressive regime, where you decide what goes to print. Can you manage the government threat and still subvert it? Read the rest

Being student council president at an elite girls school isn't easy

Leigh Alexander

Take one part roleplaying game, one part dating sim, and one part mystery-solving, set it in a traditional elite girls' school, and you'll have Hanako Games' Black Closet, a slightly rough but engaging twist on more than one genre. Read the rest

A platform game that's invisible until you paint it

Laura Hudson

The world of Ink begins in darkness. You're a little white square surrounded by what appears to be nothing—until you start painting. Read the rest

The occult gambling game giving out amulets of real gold

Laura Hudson

What in the unknown world is Jason Rohrer up to now? Read the rest

How four keys can create a spectrum of feelings

Leigh Alexander

Arielle Grimes' What Now? uses constraint and glitch aesthetics to explore emotional overwhelm, care for oneself and others Read the rest

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