I'm afraid to die in games

Gita Jackson

We often understand failure in games through the language of death. Why? Read the rest

You're a slice of bread that desperately wants to toast itself

Laura Hudson

There's a secret desire that lingers in the heart of every loaf of bread: to burn. Read the rest

I can't wait for this Finnish summer death car game

Leigh Alexander

My Summer Car is an upcoming game about building your own vehicle in the reputedly "hot, hot, hot" Finnish summer. It also promises absurd difficulty, lots of death, and all-important physics bugs. Listen to a man with a wonderful accent show you a weirdly-compelling experience: Read the rest

Who doesn't miss '90s horror games?

Leigh Alexander

Ah, the tech and the aesthetics of 1990s games. The terrible framerates, indistinct faces and rough edges seem eerie today, perfectly recalling the horror games of a bygone age. If you miss it too, you really need to watch this: Read the rest

This rad Dark Souls remix will save you from the forces of the abyss

Leigh Alexander

One way to trick your 'gamer' friends into listening to better music is to get them started on remixes of video game songs done by cool people. Laura has posted about that hot Hitmane remix of Juicy J with Saria's Song, and today I give you Torahhorse taking a crack at Dark Souls' "Great Gray […] Read the rest

Fun video game fashion critiques for the style-conscious

Leigh Alexander

Most people don't often think about video game fashion—you mean a plaid shirt and a Zelda triforce tee, right? but Offworld contributor Gita Jackson has a delightful eye for clothing detail, like the zombie-spattered denim of Resident Evil's Claire Redfield. In the latest installment of her unique "Wardrobe Theory" feature at Paste Magazine, Jackson waxes […] Read the rest

The clone that wasn't

Leigh Alexander

Can two designers come up with the exact same idea, entirely by accident? Read the rest

This 'numerical sledding game' is like Skifree, but with math

Laura Hudson

If you like math, puzzles or winter sports, you need to play Sinerider, a sledding game where you transform the slope with math equations. Read the rest

Armel Gibson makes short games that feel like music videos

Leigh Alexander

Playing with the short games of French creator Armel Gibson is a bit like interacting with a music video. If you're like me and you spent hours of the 1990s falling down weird late-night rabbit holes of shape and sound on late night video blocs, you should look into his works. USS TLANCY is billed […] Read the rest

This magical witch puzzle game is really 'charming'

Leigh Alexander

Charmixy: Witch Academy instantly captured my heart today -- must have been a love spell. The PC and mobile puzzle-dueling game has really cute art and music, plus some refreshing characters and what looks to be a flexible character creator. Read the rest

A young black girl is the hero of this magical, animated story

Laura Hudson

The Book of Mojo started as an "urban fantasy" webcomic, the tale of a young black girl named Creepy who practices street magic and encounters a seven-foot, living artifact named Mojo. Read the rest

When fashion is frightening

Anna Anthropy

Nintendo's Style Savvy: Trendsetters is one of the scariest games I've ever played Read the rest

You'll want to poke this doomsday device

Leigh Alexander

You're left alone at a battered, mysterious console, a flickering urban display on the greenscale monitor before you. There is just one big, red button within your reach. After briefly wrestling with yourself, you press it. Pressing it causes a switch to emerge from the console. Flip the switch and a tiny light comes on. […] Read the rest

Is drug use a problem for eSports?

Leigh Alexander

Cyber-athletes and their stim-packs -- it sounds so future-dystopic, but it might be a thing. Read the rest

Reddit's hot 'button' game is practically religious

Leigh Alexander

Big groups can do amazing things with surprisingly few implements, and internet communities can spontaneously become collaborative experience designers. Redditors are playing a new game of sorts with themselves and each other involving a color-changing button and a timer, and the emergent memes are weird and glorious. Read the rest

7 cool text games with less than 300 words

Laura Hudson

The recent Twiny Jam, which challenged anyone and everyone to create their own tiny Twine text game in 300 words or less, has revealed the merit of constraint: The idea was to lower the hurdles to making games for those daunted by the idea, a category that previously included me. Read the rest

Play it now: Jostle Parent

Leigh Alexander

As I understand it, being the parent of children is consistently terrifying -- like herding cats, except suddenly minor environmental conveniences, like power outlets and stairs and cars, suddenly turn lethal. Everything is to be either managed with your last shredded nerve or avoided. Read the rest

In Bloodborne's brutal world, I found myself

Laura Hudson

I've always wanted to know the difference between perseverance and masochism. This is the game that taught me. Read the rest

Wander through Doom like an endless nightmare

Laura Hudson

Ever play a video game so often that it shows up in your dreams? That's the idea behind Doomdream, an interactive experience created by Ian MacLarty to simulate what his own dreams look like after he's been playing the classic 1993 shooter Doom all day. Although there are no enemies, no combat or really any […] Read the rest

Play it now: Apocalypse Gardening

Leigh Alexander

I love when games make you balance two sides of your brain at once. It's not because I'm good at it -- actually, some kind of schismatic asymmetry opens up and I very quickly lose my sense of myself. But I think that space feels interesting, and Apocalypse Gardening shoots right into it. Read the rest

Lightning Bolt's bassist is making a 'rhythm violence' game

Leigh Alexander

You're a space beetle careening toward a confrontation with a futuristic giant head. That's the premise of Thumper, an upcoming music game from Brian Gibson, bassist of tooth-rattling classic Lightning Bolt, and Seoul-based programmer Mark Flury. Read the rest

Tinder, reviewed as a game

Offworld

Gita Jackson and Maxwell Neely-Cohen apply a traditional video game reviewer's eye to recent years' hottest downloadable sensation. Read the rest

The loveliest game manual you've seen in ages

Leigh Alexander

Game manuals are all but obsolete these days. Not only do we rarely buy games physically, but one sign of 'good game design' by modern standards is when the player intrinsically knows what to do, is invited gently into an experience by subtle training. No need to study rules and controls. The manuals I remember […] Read the rest

Feelings machines: games that capture a moment

Leigh Alexander

ceMelusine makes small, simple virtual spaces that feel as unknowable and vast as the human heart Read the rest

Five games about cats for you to try

Leigh Alexander

Being wonderfully weird, capricious and regal, cats are easy to adore (even if it's just the brain parasites). Inexplicably compelling, they're also often ideal subjects for games. Read the rest

Want to listen to Animal Crossing music all day?

Leigh Alexander

Sometimes, your workday just needs the kind of pastoral background music that makes you feel like you live in a village full of animals, right? Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing lets you make your living through labor no more complex than collecting shells, fishing, and shaking trees for surprises, which fills one with simple longing. Read the rest

Learn about game development in Africa

Leigh Alexander

Game development is on the rise in Africa. Just for example, the first-ever West African Gaming Expo was hosted in Lagos last fall, and an eagerly-anticipated roleplaying game made in Cameroon will launch later this year. Read the rest

The many inglorious deaths of my virtual fish

Leigh Alexander

How an 'anti-nurturing sim' helps reveal the importance of mortality in games Read the rest

Play it now: Stick Shift

Leigh Alexander

Do you want to have a homoerotic experience with your manual transmission? Yeah, of course you do. Come on, you saucy saucepot, don't tell me you never found it a little hot, all that ignition, the sleek, firm bulb of the gear shift trembling in your palm. Robert Yang's latest game, Stick Shift, explores the […] Read the rest

Make a text adventure using only 300 words

Laura Hudson

Do you have about an hour? Can you write 300 words? Then you can—and should—make your own text adventure today. Read the rest

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