Black characters in video games must be more than stereotypes of the inhuman

America’s “vision” of the Black male body is one of threat, menace, and labor. Unfortunately, that's exactly how they end up represented in games.

I can't believe how much I like this visual novel about playing Starcraft 2

You don't have to care about a sport to care about the people who play it.

There's never been a better time to take an adventure 'round the world

80 Days' latest update, which coincides with its release for PC and Mac on Steam, richly and lovingly highlights the game's best qualities—the sense of adventure it offers alongside truly unique and diverse characters. What makes it so special?

The Beginner's Guide is a game that doesn't want to be written about

The co-creator of The Stanley Parable has a new game that uses game design space in expressive, subversive ways.

Take an interactive look inside an anxious brain with Neurotic Neurons

What our brains learn, they can also unlearn—including what makes us anxious. That's the idea behind Neurotic Neurons, an interactive work by Nicky Case that explores the neuroscience of anxiety, and particularly the theory of Hebbian learning, wherein "neurons that fire together, wire together" and create associations in the mind. MORE

Let's talk more about The Beginner's Guide, a game about games

This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us further discussion on one of the most interesting works of game criticism ever to be playable, the untold story of the Net Yaroze homebrew community, and more. MORE

Calendula is a horror game that will stop you from playing it

The moment I tried to start the demo for the upcoming horror game Calendula, it broke. "FATAL ERROR," read the pop-up message when I tried to start a new game. "Current video configuration not supported." MORE

PAUSE, a relaxation app from the studio that created Monument Valley

The impossible architecture puzzle game Monument Valley is pretty soothing—it's inspired hours of ASMR videos, if that's your jam—but the newest iOS release from Monument Valley developer Ustwo takes things a step further with a straight up relaxation app. MORE

Help a beautiful Japanese-style RPG get made

Skullgirls artist Mariel Cartwright and Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta team up on Indivisible, a neat-looking roleplaying adventure with a unique funding scheme. MORE

Marvel at the power of a psychic cat

What if, to a cat, the human world looks like a huge failed civilization bisected by unnatural celestial shapes? MORE

You are Michael Jackson, and you must defeat Michael Jackson

This two-player Michael Jackson game masters the look and feel of an illegal bargain-bin knockoff from the lost 1980s. Did you know he could transform into a spaceship? MORE

Get a wistful, mysterious brain-teaser at a ridiculous discount this week

Road Not Taken, the strange, risky but compelling game from Spry Fox (Triple Town, Alphabear), is 80 percent off, and we think you should check it out. MORE

Mess up the practice space while the band keeps playing

At first you're just knocking over, like, cups and tables and band members and stuff, but then you start to play with the sliders. MORE

Celebrate the classic Breakout, and then rethink the term 'empathy games'

This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us a takedown on 'empathy games' from one of the field's most well-known independent designers, as well as a unique collection of games inspired by the classic Breakout. MORE

You have 99 seconds to make art

Quick, make something creatively fulfilling before time runs out! MORE

1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future'

Way back in 1902, a French manufacturer released a set of trading cards designed by artist Albert Bergeret that imagined the "women of the future." The cards envisioned women stepping into roles that would have seemed fantastical to most ladies at the time: doctor, lawyer, politician, firefighter, even members of the military. MORE

Wheels of Aurelia, a girls' road trip, may be my favorite game of 2015 so far

The driving hardly matters at all. I love Lella. If I'd known her I would have gone to France with her in a heartbeat. MORE

The new face of Pokémon is butts

Historically, the Pokémon franchise has focused its merchandising efforts on the parts of Pokémon characters that were not their butts. But that's about to change, thanks to a new wave of toys, charms and other assorted swag from Japan that will finally allow you to catch them all. MORE

Home Free wants to make you a stray dog in the big city

It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. MORE