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Cozy Winter Video Games—From Teddy Bear Noir to Snow Brawls with Mei

The weather outside is frightful, but we’re coming to the quiet time of the year when most of the world has a tacit agreement to at least turn down the volume—and in best case scenarios really unplug from our…
YetiPie

Casually Yours: 8 Mobile Games to Get You Through the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and for many of us, that means lots of family meals and other communal events. For lots of these get-togethers you’ll be away from home and thus away from your computer and/or console. What’s…
Altitude

The Beautiful Variety of the Self-Care Jam

Self-Care Jam was a game jam created by Jessica Hayley dedicated to making “stuff that makes us happy.” I participated myself, (creating a self-care calendar for December that gives, among other things, a self-care suggestion and a cute animal…
Stardew Valley

icon10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Stardew Valley

As the wildly popular indie game Stardew Valley comes to consoles this week, Foxy Fern provides time-saving advice on topics like which seeds to plant first, why to avoid JoJaMart, and why to give high-quality gifts to villagers.
Final Fantasy XV

How I Feel About Final Fantasy XV After Playing It

When I wrote about Final Fantasy XV before its release, I knew I was going in as a pessimist. The blatant erasure of women in favor of telling a story about bro friendship didn’t sit well with me, especially…
The Last Guardian

Reviews Roundup: The Last Guardian

Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, an ordinary young boy and his gigantic feathered friend must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust. Release Date: December 6, 2016 Platforms:…
Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 Is Two Games Best Played as One

The single-player campaign in Titanfall 2 breaks away from the precedent set by the first game, which was multiplayer only. While I enjoyed the first Titanfall, the addition of a story mode made Titanfall 2 more appealing to folks…
Preston in Fallout 4

Flawed Exceptions: Who is “Good” Representation?

When researching for this article about what makes “good” representation in games, I asked survey respondents for characters that they considered positive examples of such video game representation. Unsurprisingly, the response was enthusiastic and varied, with over 400 total…

iconChloe Frazer and Nadine Ross Star in Stand-Alone Game Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

From the critically acclaimed developer, Naughty Dog, comes the first standalone adventure in Uncharted franchise history led by fan-favorite character, Chloe Frazer. In order to recover a fabled ancient Indian artifact and keep it out of the hands of…

iconEllie and Joel Return in The Last of Us Part II

Sony and Naughty Dog announce the sequel to award-winning action-adventure survival horror game The Last of Us. This time, you play as 19-year-old Ellie. Release date TBD.
Mass Effect: Andromeda

iconMass Effect: Andromeda – Official Gameplay Trailer

Mass Effect: Andromeda puts you in the role of the Pathfinder; an elite soldier, explorer and guide tasked with finding humanity a new home an uncharted galaxy. Coming Spring 2017 to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox…

Reviews Roundup: Final Fantasy XV

Get ready to be at the center of the ultimate fantasy adventure. Enter the world of FINAL FANTASY XV, and experience epic action-packed battles along your journey of discovery. You are Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of…
Meg Jayanth

icon10 Ways to Make Your Game More Diverse

In this GDC 2016 talk, 80 Days narrative designer Meg Jayanth shares some useful information on how to make diversity in character design not just an afterthought, but instead a powerful tool to help players engage with ideas of…
Dishonored 2

The Morally Ambiguous Women of Dishonored 2

I knew right away that my first playthrough of Dishonored 2 was going to be as Emily rather than her father Corvo, the fan-favorite protagonist of the first Dishonored. For a deeper view of the story, it’s best to…
Lucy Blundell

Lucy Blundell on Her Highly Original Visual Novel One Night Stand

Many of us have had a morning where it’s been difficult to piece together what happened the night before. It’s typically awkward, and that’s before the potential prospect of waking up in a stranger’s bed with no clue as…
RPG Maker

7 Ways to Make Your Own Game

Until fairly recently, amateur/home-based game designers were limited when it came to creating their own games. Outside of learning a programming language, there were few ways to put a game together. That’s changed significantly in recent years, fortunately, and there…
WOC Devs to Know

8 Women of Color Game Developers You Should Know

While writing “5 Female Game Developers We’re Thankful For,” I came across an interesting realization. The first draft of my article was filled with awesome women, but they were mostly white women. While I intended my list to be encouraging,…

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