Things got heavy when I played this animal-mothering game

Leigh Alexander

I haven't decided whether or not I'll become a mother. I'm at the age where I think a lot about it. It frightens me. Read the rest

The radical games event where the next speaker is you

Laura Hudson

Game makers find inspiration at Lost Levels, an intimate and involving gathering where anything seems possible Read the rest

Video games' "breast physics" issue

Leigh Alexander

Video game breasts are one of the video game industry's albatrosses. Read the rest

Try getting lost in the underworld with Sunless Sea

Leigh Alexander

Failbetter Games' browser-based story game Fallen London has been very well-loved, especially by those who like slightly twee, Victorian alt-England steampunk stuff (I don't, but it is more than okay if you do). The studio's expansive new Sunless Sea, while set in the same universe, is something else entirely, a brutal, spontaneous yarn-twirl set among […] Read the rest

Edgy sex games highlight intimacy, not conquest

Merritt Kopas

Unconventional titles that focus on consent, care, and collaboration offer a softer future—even if the spanking is very, very hard. Read the rest

New ideas to address games' language barriers

Leigh Alexander

There are many ways to address the insularity and perceived inaccessibility of game creation. We continually insist that games are a massive global phenomenon, but many best practices are only available to the Western, English-speaking world. Rami Ismail is out to change that. Dutch studio Vlambeer, where he works, is prolific with the hits: Just […] Read the rest

A 12 year-old studies the weird cost of playing as a girl

Leigh Alexander

Maybe you remember your childhood Atari or that rec room NES, but today's kids are growing up with mobile games, and sixth-grader Madeline Messer has noticed something weird. Read the rest

Conversations on blackness in games

Leigh Alexander

If you're a black fan of video games, your choices for representation in video games tend to be limited to "wacky sidekick", "cool gangster" or "evil gangster." Or "athlete in a sports franchise". Even for me, as a mixed-race girl who's usually taken for white, I can rarely find my own hair when I'm making […] Read the rest

The Sailor's Dream: a game of beautiful things with unfamiliar traits

Leigh Alexander

This mysterious marine adventure is for those with the sea in their hearts and an iOS device in their hands. Read the rest

Great ladies of history find a new home in strategy games

Leigh Alexander

Paradox Interactive creates elaborate strategy games that are unusually popular with women. Susana Meza-Graham and Sara Wendel-Örtqvist explain why. Read the rest

Clickhole made an adventure game and it's actually pretty good

Laura Hudson

Clickhole is best known for ruthlessly satirical articles that take aim at clickbait, so I wasn't sure what to think when I heard that it had posted an adventure game called The Mysterious Shadows Of Skullshadow Island. Read the rest

If you like to play with words, good news

Leigh Alexander

If you think text games are mostly just a relic of the pre-graphics age, think again: We're in a renaissance. Read the rest

When Twin Peaks meets video games

Leigh Alexander

David Lynch's mysterious TV classic has inspired a wealth of indie games Read the rest

Want to make a game?

Leigh Alexander

Let these cool developers cheer you on Read the rest

A tale of two princess games

Leigh Alexander

At the crossroads of pampered and powerful, what little girl doesn't love a good dungeon crawl? Read the rest

A game you can only dream of playing

Leigh Alexander

More perfect for being unfinished, The Last Guardian is a a yearning soul-whisper for its sentimental fans, the lost game of a microgeneration. Read the rest

Read Facebook on a spaceship in the year 2042

Laura Hudson

At any given moment, your social media feed is a cultural snapshot: an up-to-the-minute look at how the people around you feel about their lives and the issues that affect them. In the browser game Killing Time at Lightspeed, you get a glimpse of the future through the lens of social media, with all its […] Read the rest

Ryan Burke's otherworldly photos are better than sci-fi

Laura Hudson

A photographer and makeup artist based in New York City, Ryan Burke creates characters from the best sci-fi series you've never seen. "The portraits I create express a perspective on human styling that does not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories but rather an aesthetic derived from the use of unusual materials and […] Read the rest

Here's a wistful, intriguing game you need to play this week

Leigh Alexander

Video games can vividly render the memories you can't get back. Memories such as how it felt when you were in high school, and your best friend's parents got divorced, and when her dad got to take her out to dinner at the weekend, you got to come. And on the way home he was […] Read the rest

Guiding a flock of birds through the sky is surprisingly emotional

Laura Hudson

Behold The Sun, a simple, lovely interactive experience created by Cameron Kunzelman where you guide a growing flock of birds through the sky as the sun slowly sets behind them. I'm not saying it's about brevity of life and how the connections we make to others are ultimately what give existence meaning, but it's not […] Read the rest

The creator of a best-selling exercise game on being fat and loving her body

Laura Hudson

If you've never tried the fitness app Zombies, Run, imagine a long series of tiny radio plays set during the zombie apocalypse that ask you to run to various locations on crucial missions—with the undead hot on your heels. Read the rest

Game illustrates sexual consent using skin contact as the controller

Laura Hudson

Consent can be an uncomfortable subject, an often-complex and personal form of negotiation that people rarely get a chance to practice outside the moments that precede sexual encounters. Allison Cole, Jessica Rose Marcotte and Zachary Miller of Tweed Couch Games want to help change that with In Tune, an interactive experience that asks people to […] Read the rest

Keep Working: a game about the nightmare of consumerism

Laura Hudson

If the anti-consumerist ethos of Fight Club were translated into a Minecraft game, it might look a little like Keep Working, an "interactive music video" by a developer known as Bean Chon. As you navigate your blocky, repetitive life, you're bombarded by pop-up advertisements that turn the world into a sort of walking catalog, admonishing […] Read the rest

Listen: A chiptunes album by the Ninja Gaiden composer

Laura Hudson

Keiji Yamagishi, aka the composer of the music for the original Ninja Gaiden, just released a chiptunes album that sounds like an alternate dimension soundtrack to the best NES game that never existed. Listen to Retro-Active Pt. 1 for free here, or download your own copy for $8.   Read the rest

This Is The Police, a game about power and corruption

Laura Hudson

"You can love the police, you can hate the police, but you can’t argue that the police wield enormous power," writes the team behind This Is the Police, a game currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. Part strategy game and part corruption simulator, it places you in the shoes of Jack Boyd, a 60-year-old police chief with […] Read the rest

Creator of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that influenced games, online culture has died

Xeni Jardin

R.A Montgomery, co-author of children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” died on Nov. 9 in Vermont. He was 78. Read the rest

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