Try gay orc dating with Tusks: The Orc Dating Simulator

Leigh Alexander

If you have ever thought of being a male orc adventuring, traveling and bonding with all kinds of other male orcs, this enchanting, refreshing and lovingly-made romance game is for you. Read the rest

Lose yourself in this trippy, existential interactive picturebook

Leigh Alexander

In this meditative digital adventure, whorled iridescent shapes and glittering contrails that follow your mouse recall the magic of the early web, or some acid-dipped Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Little Inferno

Laura Hudson

Sometimes you just want the world to burn, especially when it's ending. In Little Inferno, a wintry apocalypse has engulfed the Earth, and you're sitting by a fireplace throwing everything in the flames. Read the rest

Medical science and creepy conspiracy collide in this futuristic diagnosis game

Leigh Alexander

If you follow the instructions and master the diagnosis equipment, everything will be fine. Or will it? Read the rest

Offworld Monday roundup: Empathy, criticism and being filthy in the shower

Leigh Alexander

One thing that's really important to us is to be able to critique things we love, and to embrace the idea that sometimes a conversation is more important than a right answer Read the rest

I put some Doom in your Doom so you can Doom while you Doom

Laura Hudson

Fans of recursion rejoice: someone has put a playable version of Doom... inside Doom. Read the rest

An Asian-American gunslinger takes aim in this magical western comic

Laura Hudson

Growing up as an Asian-American kid in Texas, Greg Pak loved Westerns and fantasy stories. He's bringing both to Kingsway Law, the tale of a Chinese gunslinger in an Old West overrun with magic. Read the rest

Play it now: You Are A Horse

Leigh Alexander

You Are A Horse is a Twine game where you are a horse. Who robs a bank. Read the rest

How should we talk about Final Fantasy VII's crossdressing sequence?

Sarah Nyberg

A lot has changed since 1997. Read the rest

If David Lynch made a platform game, it might look like Strawberry Cubes

Laura Hudson

Enter a red-hued glitch dream where you explore your grandmother's house to find seeds, skeletons, frogs and songs by Patsy Cline. Read the rest

Shower Game will not make you feel clean at all

Laura Hudson

Ever pooped in the shower? If you play Shower Game, you probably will. Read the rest

Her Story: a compelling murder mystery game with a tragic flaw

Laura Hudson

This mystery where you solve a crime with a search engine is brilliantly made—but it has one big problem. Read the rest

Pixeljunk Eden's Baiyon to direct his own romantic adventure game

Leigh Alexander

Popular Kyoto-based multimedia artist Baiyon, best known for the impeccable PixelJunk Eden, will direct his own 'romantic adventure' game, about love and human incompleteness. Read the rest

Procedurally-generated moths are wonderfully haunting, plausible

Leigh Alexander

Straddling the odd line between science and nature, this amazing new procedural generator pays striking tribute to the dusty, incandescent bodies of moths. Read the rest

Nintendo's Iwata aimed to 'satisfy people’s need to be happy'

Leigh Alexander

The New Yorker's lovely postscript on Nintendo president Satoru Iwata gathers moving, thoughtful reflections on a man whose enthusiasm for game development and play mattered to so many. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Alphabear

Leigh Alexander

A dangerously-captivating and adorable word game provides depth and simplicity at the same time. Read the rest

10 Comic-Con announcements that are actually about comics

Laura Hudson

The sun has set on San Diego, and we've put together the most interesting news that fans of comics -- you know, the books -- shouldn't miss. Read the rest

Offworld Monday roundup: Nostalgia, magical girls and cybersex

Laura Hudson

The Offworld staff had a lot to say about nostalgia last week, particularly around the announcement that a remake of the fan-favorite 1997 game Final Fantasy VII is on the way. Read the rest

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who launched Wii, dies of cancer at 55

Xeni Jardin

In a business where execs often lose touch with their audience, with development, & with the spirit of play, Iwata kept close to all these. Read the rest

Why Final Fantasy VII matters

Leigh Alexander

Logos flicker on failing monitors, propped up in a quilt of urban junk. Light glitters on seawater beneath jutting pylons. Flowers swell up from the broken floorboards of an abandoned church… Read the rest

Read The Joy of Cybersex, an online sex guide circa 1993

Laura Hudson

Enjoy this early internet guide to the subversive world of "erotic disks" and "teledildonics." Read the rest

Every item in Katamari Damacy, Tweeted

Leigh Alexander

It seems like you can't possibly count every single detailed dollhouse object in the well-loved Katamari Damacy, but someone is trying—and the item descriptions are even funnier than you remember. Read the rest

Arrow Hero is a brutal little game and I can't stop playing it

Leigh Alexander

It's both awesome and irksome, fun and fricative, that precious little psychic median from whence the only onward course is always just again. Read the rest

Listen to the Goldeneye 007 soundtrack as it was always meant to be heard

Leigh Alexander

Did you know about audio compression related to tech limitations? Today, enjoy some nostalgic, amazing game tracks free of such auld constraints. Takes you right back. Read the rest

How to make a drinking game

Laura Hudson

Sure, we all know what a drinking game is: a game designed to get you trashed. But what does it look like from the perspective of a game designer? How does it work? Read the rest

The International Love Ultimatum inspires DIY games about relationships

Laura Hudson

Mainstream video games tend to focus on mechanics of destruction, with far less attention paid to the mechanics of building romances, friendships and other relationships. Read the rest

The 5 best uses of a cell phone in video games

Leigh Alexander

Plenty of games have cell phones in them, but the best is when we're made to think about our relationships to those devices and what we use them for. Read the rest

Eczema Orifice Angel collects the lovely, disturbing text games of Porpentine

Laura Hudson

These critically-acclaimed Twine games have been scattered across the internet like bits of seaglass—until now. Read the rest

A comic about what happens when a magical girl team disbands

Laura Hudson

What's a team of cosmic high school superheroines supposed to do after they defeat the villain, go back to their normal lives, and start growing apart? Read the rest

DOG WOLVE shows how game spaces can create cool music videos

Leigh Alexander

Ryan Trawick celebrates a remix of Dragonette's I Get Around ('Here I come with a Big Gulp'?) with a unique and weirdly-fitting virtual space. Read the rest

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