The other side of Braid

In this deeply-personal postmortem of her game Problem Attic, Liz Ryerson explores her relationship to iconic indie darling Braid—and what the game may say about the culture of development.

How card games became cool again

Wildly-popular card game Android: Netrunner has an exceptionally diverse and inviting lore and universe, but its community of players still has to push back against the social stereotypes of the traditional card game scene. Here's how they're doing it.

War without tears

The relationship between video games and violence is healthier than we like to think

Sisyphus is very excited about cheevos

Pushing a boulder up a hill for eternity has never felt so rewarding. MORE

Whoa, someone replicated the spooky hallway from P.T. in Unity

Calgary-based aspiring game developer Farhan Qureshi has meticulously modeled and recreated P.T's hallway using the low-impact Unity tool. It's an amazing technical achievement, and a chance for some edition of that iconic space to exist in a fashion everyone can visit. MORE

Want to design a room escape game?

The increasing popularity of room escape games brings with it some interesting design considerations. How do you lock all your friends in a room and force them to solve cryptoquotes and make sure everyone still has a good time? MORE

Create a whole landscape from your own webcam

Of course, when I turned the webcam on at first, it was pointing at me, and I found myself wandering into a swollen-cheeked land where some cloud formation of my own face, eyes slowly blinking, constituted the sky. MORE

Invisibility Blues: Help open up the conversation about race in games

A new video series hopes to explore role of people of color in games, from the best characterizations to the worst, and everything in between. MORE

Secret of Qwerty is a 'typing RPG' that will steal your whole afternoon

Cross Typing of the Dead with Dragon Warrior and the result is Secret of Qwerty, an old-school RPG where you fight mean trees and ghosts and things by typing at them. MORE

Touching someone's heart isn't easy in Tough Love Machine

Figuring out how to connect with another human being is often a puzzle. MORE

What happens when your virtual pets die?

GHOSTZ, nested in sincere reflections on the virtual pet heyday of the 1990s, imagines caring for a digital pet's ghost. This can include offering it a bone from its former form ("DISRESPECTFUL") or punishing it with holy water. MORE

Avoid your job in this pleasantly oddball game

The objective of NEVER GO TO WORK is in its title: Your alarm goes off just after 6 AM, and it's time to get to the office. Except arriving there ends the game, and you don't really want to go to work, anyway. MORE

Play it now: Claw Champion Earth

Battle other kids for dominance over the weirdest and most annoying game in the whole arcade. MORE

Swipe right to discover a new indie game

With over 16,000 indie games available on Itch.io, it can be hard to figure out what to play. But thanks to the Randomizer, finding a new game is as easy as swiping right. MORE

Terrorize the seas as the white whale of Moby Dick, but with lasers

Did you enjoy Ecco the Dolphin, but wish it had allowed you to commit mass murder? Then Pequod might be for you. MORE

Mobile game of the week: Prune

Prune is a simple but elegant "digital bonsai" game. It's about trees stretching their limbs slowly toward the light, and how sometimes you must trim parts for the betterment of the whole. MORE

Offworld Monday Reflection: Desert wars, desert horror, and Encarta on acid

I've had an exceptionally good time of games the past week or so. It's been like crawling around inside other people's imaginations. Come along and hear about our best stuff lately! MORE

These cute virtual cartridges prove 'retro' is more than an aesthetic

There's a feeling about old arcade games: The weirdness, the mystery, the sense of intimate congress with a machine. You can't imitate that through 'pixel art' alone, and this fun suite of virtual cartridges gets it exactly right. You'll want to collect them all. MORE

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