Offworld Monday reflection: Now with one hundred percent more digital plants

Leigh Alexander

This week's reflection: Is it just us, or have we been virtually gardening, like, a lot? Also, our friends get up to some amazing things. Read the rest

Piracy gave me a future

Daniel Starkey

Poverty traps its victims in intellectual dead zones. I don't pirate games anymore, but when I needed it, it gave me access to the literature and artistic inspiration of my generation. Read the rest

T-shirt extols the best response to Twitter trolls

Laura Hudson

Getting harassed on Twitter? You know what to do. And so does this tank top. Read the rest

Fix the broken pieces of this pot, also your life

Laura Hudson

There's something appealing about putting a broken thing back together, a way of restoring order to the world—or affirming that damaged things are still worth saving. Read the rest

Plant a garden with a cute little ghost

Leigh Alexander

Pol Clarissou's Lil Ghost Garden, made for the virtual pet-themed PetJam, is a pleasant desktop companion. I love the design of his ghost character, a sympathetic looming moonface whose shadow body trundles dutifully around what begins as a sparse garden. Read the rest

Explore the legacy of Sonic the Hedgehog in these truly weird minigames

Leigh Alexander

Four purported prototypes salvaged from a Dreamcast devkit pay tribute to the humor, the weirdness and darkness that surrounds mascot Sonic the Hedgehog these days. Read the rest

Soar on the wind as a flock of birds in Gathering Sky

Laura Hudson

You begin Gathering Sky as a bird. Move your cursor, and it follows. But as you guide it through the sky, slowly adding other birds to your aerial coterie, the nature of your relationship quickly changes: you have become a flock. You not any one bird, but all of them, moving together with the smooth […] Read the rest

An adventure game that teaches you how to draw pixel art

Laura Hudson

Play as a student at the Retropolis Academy of Art learning to create pixel art—and actually learn to do it. Read the rest

Interactive movies make their glorious return

Leigh Alexander

In the 90s, games grasped at maturity with "real" video and actors. It was a weird but cult-beloved wrong turn—and we found a game that's revived it beautifully. Read the rest

You can pre-order this hexagonal colored vinyl Super Hexagon soundtrack

Leigh Alexander

Chipzel's Super Hexagon soundtrack will be printed on hexagonal colored vinyl in custom clear sleeves designed by Cory Schmitz. There will only be 1600 made. Preorder quickly, I suspect. Read the rest

She Might Think is a lovely, innovative experiment about perception

Leigh Alexander

"The goal is secretly to show you that every girl is unique, has her own opinions and definitely doesn't answer to gender stereotypes," writes creator Marion Esquian of this unique episodic work. Read the rest

Cultivate an alien garden on this sunless world

Laura Hudson

A dark, distant planet is slowly coming to life with a colorful ecosystem of flora and fauna. Will you tend it? Read the rest

'They can't unsee what you have made'

Leigh Alexander

If you've played Tom McHenry's Horse Master, share this cool piece of art with all your pals. If you have not played Horse Master I berate and entreat you. Read the rest

Subterrarium could become your new favorite puzzle game

Leigh Alexander

Subterrarium, or as I like to think of it "Ms. Driller's Soda Saga", is a really fresh, challenging puzzle game about a girl with a soda-powered jet pack, growing flowers underground. Read the rest

Die a thousand deaths in a beautiful, capricious forest

Laura Hudson

The forest is a dangerous, thorny place in Feist, where you play as a silent, furry character rustling its way through trees, mountains, and crumbling caves during the perpetual golden hour of sunset. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Zoombinis

Leigh Alexander

The quirky, gentle logic puzzles of the classic Zoombinis are back with a tablet remake which feels not especially modern, but still very much worth loving. Read the rest

Offworld Monday reflection: Chimes, specimens and Tinder

Leigh Alexander

Our latest special satellite transmission looks back on the highlights of last week, from women in pinball to color challenges for the eye, and scoops up our favorite conversations from elsewhere on the web. Read the rest

No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games

Juliet Kahn

My little sister just wants games to be for her exactly what they are for boys and men: easy to love. Why does that have to be so hard? Read the rest

Enjoy an atmospheric horror story about space travel

Leigh Alexander

You've just been accepted to university on Earth; you say farewell to your family and start your comfortable, luxurious trip through space. Once you're on your way, though, you realize you might not be alone. Read the rest

Play it now: Loss

Leigh Alexander

How long can you hold onto something good? Is all pleasure fleeting? Is this a comic element of being alive, or a tragic one? Read the rest

Help these middle school girls make a vengeful murder mystery game

Laura Hudson

The young winners of the Girls Make Games grand prize want to make their prototype a reality with the help of professional mentors, artists and programmers. Read the rest

Soak up the atmosphere in these short mood pieces

Leigh Alexander

Designer Connor Sherlock's work can immerse you in atmospheric spaces in no time at all. These eerie, moody pieces are so enthralling you often forget about the video gamey bits. Read the rest

Download a tiny executable poem about feeling sorry for robots

Leigh Alexander

If you have feelings about HitchBOT too, this appropriately-threadbare, bite-sized (13kb) executable "poem about robots" from nickk might be a good way to process and share them. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Specimen, A Game About Color

Leigh Alexander

It's a fact that the sky is blue. But is my blue the same as yours? This fantastic app gamifies the quest to find out more about the differences in how humans perceive color, and it's surprisingly challenging and hooky. Read the rest

If you like word games, here's one you can print and play for free

Leigh Alexander

Board game designer Robin David has made an Alphabear-inspired word game that uses printable playing cards. Read the rest

What's it like to be a black anime fan?

Leigh Alexander

In the anime and cosplay space, fandom and identity intersect for black fans in interesting ways, and a new interview series spotlights their experiences. Read the rest

You are a blind cat just trying to find your way home

Laura Hudson

Wanderment is like every other platform game you've ever played, except that you're a cat, and you're blind, and the world around you is comprised of shimmering fragments of sound. Read the rest

Try your hand at the hilariously bleak job market in this Earthbound-like game

Leigh Alexander

Knuckle Sandwich is an upcoming RPG by Melbourne-based Andrew Brophy, and Tarantula is a sort of mini preview-episode that's full of chart and harm. Um, heart and charm! Read the rest

Carry the frustration of injustice in this game about racist police violence

Leigh Alexander

Akira Thompson's striking work challenges one of the biggest misconceptions about police violence against black people in America, and offers privileged players the chance to experience the truth. Read the rest

One way to avoid cultural appropriation: Seek collaborators, not just characters

Laura Hudson

How one publisher turned a video game into a collaboration with an entire Alaska Native community. Read the rest

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