1902 trading cards imagine the 'Women of the Future'

Laura Hudson

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. Although there's a […] Read the rest


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

Leigh Alexander

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. Read the rest


The new face of Pokémon is butts

Laura Hudson

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. All of the butts. There are so […] Read the rest


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

Laura Hudson

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


The geometric horror game Euclidean is Lovecraft levels of scary

Laura Hudson

Tentacles made of cubes reach for you from within the watery abyss. "You're not supposed to be here," an unseen being informs you as you descend into the first level of the game Euclidean. Deep sea creatures made of shapes swarm, pulse and strain around you—and soon, they notice you. "Everything here will kill you," […] Read the rest

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The Mercator Puzzle reminds you how deceptive maps can be

Laura Hudson

The Earth is round, and maps are flat. While we have may mapped nearly every inch of our world, figuring out how to translate that information from three dimensions to two remains a problem. Read the rest


This puzzle game makes me want to learn about opera

Laura Hudson

I've never watched an opera before, but the new iOS game Magic Flute by Mozart makes me want to. Read the rest


Wil Wheaton on voice acting and the virtues of therapy through Mario Kart

Critical Distance

Greetings, Offworlders! We're proud to team up with our friends at Critical Distance to bring you a special digest edition of their popular This Week in Videogame Blogging feature, showcasing games discussion from all around the web. This week, a therapist shares her successes getting through to young patients through Mario Kart, actor Wil Wheaton […] Read the rest

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Read Only Memories breathes life into queer characters in Neo San Francisco

Katherine Cross

The forthcoming game Read Only Memories stars a queer guest from the future who finds hope amidst a cyberpunk dystopia. Read the rest


This Metal Gear Solid spoof is heavy on the 'snake'

Leigh Alexander

Imagine you are playing the classic arcade game Snake against your friend, except the "snakes" are Solid Snake and Liquid Snake from Metal Gear Solid. Well, your imagination is real.

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For disabled players, Twitch offers community and a second income

Leigh Alexander

A new profile in The Guardian gets to know young women with ability challenges who are earning money and raising charitable funds via online streaming service Twitch. Read the rest


Listen to the new Portal song by Jonathan Coulton

Laura Hudson

While delightful on their own terms, the icing on the cake of the Portal games has always been the songs by Jonathan Coulton that play over their end credits. Read the rest


Pay what you want for these great indie games and play all weekend

Laura Hudson

If you've got a few bucks and some time to burn this weekend, there's a bundle of worthwhile indie games that can help you pass the time for the affordable price of pay-what-you-want. Read the rest


Have a Twin Peaks dance-off with a sobbing Leland Palmer

Leigh Alexander

Hey, Twin Peaks fans: Do you want to play Dance Dance Revolution with Leland Palmer? Yeah you do. Read the rest


No gay nudity on Twitch, but blue alien boobs are fine

Leigh Alexander

The popular streaming service has a disappointing set of standards for its sexual content policy. Read the rest


Adorable toys for Nekoatsume, your favorite Japanese cat game

Laura Hudson

In the charming, compulsively playable Japanese iOS game Nekoatsume (aka Cat Collector), you spend a lot of time acquiring virtual toys to attract a coterie of virtual cats to your virtual backyard. But now it seems that there are actual Nekoastume toys for corporeal humans as well, and there's a way to buy them—even if […] Read the rest


In Undertale, you can choose to kill monsters — or understand them

Laura Hudson

What if your enemy doesn't want to fight you? Read the rest


Help this girl band survive its breakup, a trippy forest, and a wall of Harry Potters

Leigh Alexander

An intensely strange, wonderful and substantial MSPaint adventure lets you switch among friends to solve offbeat puzzles. Read the rest


Try a stylish, Saul Bass-inspired two-player duel

Leigh Alexander

I don't know what the name means, but NotDOBA looks stylish. Read the rest


I can't stop touching this minimalist, mysterious puzzle game

Leigh Alexander

Simogo's new game is a clever, compelling puzzle about splitting squares. But the crafty, beloved studio might have more in store... Read the rest


Babymetal is coming to Rock Band 4, so let's listen to Babymetal

Laura Hudson

The Babymetal song "Gimme Chocolate!!" will be available as a bonus track for the soon-to-be-released Rock Band 4 if you preorder the game on Xbox One, which is important because: Babymetal. Read the rest


A game where you catch lightning bugs until the sun comes up

Laura Hudson

Lightning bugs are a sort of magic when you're young, the kind that feels like it escaped from the halls of Hogwarts and somehow reclassified itself as science under the cover of darkness. It's the sort of memory that tends to stay vivid: the moment when you cupped a firefly inside your hands and watched […] Read the rest


Hoofed mammal-themed fighting games are big business

Leigh Alexander

It's not just ponies for some fans. Read the rest


Enjoy Glasgow through a broken radio

Leigh Alexander

Imagine what it would be like to tune around your city as an audiovisual landscape. Read the rest


A special board game about nonverbal communication

Leigh Alexander

And Then We Held Hands is a special tabletop game about silently negotiating the emotions of a partnership. Thanks to Kickstarter, fans can own a proper physical version for the first time. Read the rest


They can't kill you unless you look away

Laura Hudson

"Keep your eyes on me." Read the rest


A closer look at the indie game scene in Japan

Laura Hudson

You don't hear a lot about indie games from Japan. While a culture of low-budget, experimental video games created by small teams has flourished in the West over the last ten years, the same can't be said for the homeland of Nintendo and Sony. But that's finally starting to change, and a documentary titled Branching […] Read the rest


Video tapes with strange names transport you to abstract realms

Leigh Alexander

A pile of forgotten cassettes create art and mystery. Read the rest


There's more to this homoerotic showering game than meets the eye

Leigh Alexander

If you get the gym class schedule right, you might have a fraught but exciting encounter with a hunk who wears sunglasses in the shower. Read the rest


Puberty is awkward, especially when you're a space alien

Laura Hudson

Adolescence is a weird, weird time in anyone's life, when it's easy to feel alienated from your peers, your family, even your own body. In Tentacles Growing Everywhere, an interactive novella by Squinky, you get to watch the experience of puberty play out for three actual aliens as they write entries in what is essentially […] Read the rest