The queer masculinity of stealth games

Riley MacLeod

In games, men's bodies often represent brute strength. Stealth games are the focal point for an alternative masculinity: sleek, illusory, sensitive, and self-reflective. Read the rest

A '70s sci-fi game about a disembodied head exploring a space station

Laura Hudson

Set in a world where the rest of humanity has uploaded their minds to robotic bodies, you play as the last vestige of meatspace, a disembodied human head roaming a space station in a rocket-powered helmet. Read the rest

Offworld Monday reflection: What's good, Tinder Renaissance zombies?

Leigh Alexander

Last week on Offworld saw us interrogate the millennial tech panic, play games about the Renaissance, watch a couple documentaries and collect Nicki Minaj fanart. Read the rest

Scary Swedish bedtime stories for awful children

Laura Hudson

The creators of the game Year Walk have prepared a special treat for us: a free e-book of Swedish scary stories to tell in the dark. Read the rest

Developers mourn a canceled project in this short 'cave painting' about grief

Leigh Alexander

After a large-scale commercial project abruptly ended, veterans of Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager Interactive decided to make a small jam game about grief and loss. Read the rest

$10,000 fellowship available to aspiring game developers with disabilities

Leigh Alexander

A nonprofit devoted to advocating for accessibility in video games is now offering a generous fellowship to eligible design students. Read the rest

Flywrench will kill you until you like it

Laura Hudson

Flywrench often feels a bit like a zen koan: a game that is both punishing and forgiving, overstimulating and patient, where you die constantly, yet never really stop playing. Read the rest

Old Sierra adventure games transformed into lovely glitch screens

Laura Hudson

Behold the familiar forests, beaches and old houses you used to wander transformed into oddly beautiful glitches, or maybe just the face of a woman you once knew, but whose name you can't remember, half-dissolved by time. Read the rest

Become a ruthless, noble lady in this 'Renaissance revenge simulator'

Leigh Alexander

Your wealthy father and brother have been killed by distasteful schemers, and now you're to be married off to one of them. Can you plan your brutal revenge without arousing suspicion—while acting like a perfect courtly lady? Read the rest

You're a laboratory mistake. Can anybody love you?

Leigh Alexander

In A Heart Between Parts, your first act as a player is to unsnip the thread that sews your lips shut. Some scientist tried to make himself a wife and was unhappy with how you turned out, so you've been locked away. This brief but piquant point-and-click adventure game by Stefan "leafthief" Srb has the […] Read the rest

This gamification 'documentary' is a work of art

Leigh Alexander

Gamification is easy for people to get excited about. Enjoy this dark, witty video instead. Read the rest

Try AURA, a meditative, musical twin-stick shooter

Leigh Alexander

It's part twin-stick shooter, part musical exploration game, and it looks lovely. Read the rest

Buy Windows 95, Dances With Wolves and Myst in this vaporwave classic

Leigh Alexander

Don't miss this cool vaporwave game about the end of the "hanging at the mall" consumerist heyday. Read the rest

Run a Renaissance art guild in this Leonardo da Vinci simulator

Laura Hudson

If you've ever dreamed of being—or perhaps of micromanaging—the great artists of the Italian Renaissance, then it's time to play Painters Guild. Read the rest

Ultimate Chicken Horse is like Mario Maker for asshole animals

Laura Hudson

Sure, Mario Maker looks like a lot of fun. But will it let you and your friends turn into horses and raccoons and cut each other up with buzzsaws? Read the rest

This Grand Theft Auto V wildlife documentary is surprisingly good

Laura Hudson

Delve into the lives of the digital cougars, deer, rabbits, hawks, coyotes and cows of GTA V in this strangely realistic nature documentary. Read the rest

You are Bigfoot, so don't let anybody film you

Leigh Alexander

Make sure the legendary sasquach never really appears on film in this sweet "reverse stealth" minigame. Read the rest

Equip all children with scissors, reject capitalism?

Leigh Alexander

I can't survive the fist. I don't know if I've killed the children. Help me out with this one. Read the rest

Can working on violent video games mess you up?

Leigh Alexander

Here are some pictures of tumors, colonoscopy and viscera for reference. Enjoy your next two years of work! Read the rest

Smash the city in this riotous 'slam-em-up'

Leigh Alexander

Eff it up hardcore in this all-girl project from New York. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Sage Solitaire

Leigh Alexander

Computer Solitaire is among the most-played games in the world, so you wouldn't think there's much to refresh, but prolific designer Zach Gage has a brand new idea about a near-universal experience. Read the rest

The millennials are all right, and so are their sex games

Laura Hudson

The sneering condescension and pearl-clutching panic about young people's relationship to sex and technology willfully misses the fruits of an impressive creative movement. Read the rest

Monday reflection: Do-it-yourselfing, monsters and sad subways

Leigh Alexander

Last week on Offworld, we chatted about creation tools, jam games where you're a monster, and we wandered around a dreamy subway full of alien shapes. Read the rest

Solve Jimi Hendrix's murder in a game where everyone is Jimi Hendrix

Leigh Alexander

You are Jimi Hendrix, a detective. Officer Jimi Hendrix has called you to the scene of the crime. The victim? Jimi Hendrix. Read the rest

The unique complications of playing VR games as a trans person

Leigh Alexander

I've heard VR users often say that inhabiting other bodies and other spaces is uniquely liberating, but my colleague Laura Kate Dale sheds light on the fact that embodiment may be complicated for some. Read the rest

Play it now: Jack MacQwerty

Leigh Alexander

Home row on the raaaaange! I made that up myself. Here's a fun typing game about Western shootouts! Read the rest

Sign, seal, and deliver mind-numbing form letters in this fun game

Leigh Alexander

Papers, Please's Lucas Pope has us shuffling pen and paper again in the joyfully-bleak Unsolicited, a game about filling in and mailing form letters. Read the rest

Ride this surreal subway line to wonderful places

Laura Hudson

Subway Adventure is a game where you might find yourself saying, "wait, I think I need to transfer to the green line in order to get to the moon." Read the rest

Why Cities: Skylines has become the new darling of the city-building genre

Leigh Alexander

Read a beautiful essay on city-building, and the appeal of the eminently-watchable Cities: Skylines. Read the rest

Become a pharmaceutical industry monster in this striking new simulation game

Leigh Alexander

A new "tycoon"-style game offers a provocative look at the world of making people healthy for profit. Read the rest

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