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.

From GamerGate to Pizzagate: How the Harassment of Women in Gaming Emboldened the “Alt-Right”

In February 2016, the Washington Post published an article by Caitlin Dewey entitled, “In the battle of Internet mobs vs. the law, Internet mobs have won.” In December of 2016 as we ask whether fake news generated for profit…
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…
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…
The Trail

Casually Yours: Peter Molyneux’s New Game The Trail is Exactly What I Needed After the…

I awoke with a start at 3am on the morning of November 9th. I already knew; I could feel it in the pit of my stomach. I had cried myself to sleep when things didn’t look good at around…

Women on Video Games: Nov. 2, 2016

This week from female game journalists: politics, Final Fantasy XV, and closeted Telltale characters. Commentary Leigh Alexander weaves together Westworld, video games, and the election to argue that it’s time for a new power fantasy. Danielle Riendeau wrote…

icon5 Mods to Make Skyrim Feel Like a New Game

Clare Siobhan recommends five mods for PC and Xbox One that make Skyrim Special Edition feel like a completely new game.
Uncharted 4

How Uncharted 4 Challenges Gender Stereotypes in the Adventure Genre

Uncharted’s inspirations are about as classic as they come. Epic set pieces, exotic locations and witty banter; these are all ingredients in a recipe that we know well. Nathan Drake’s globe-trotting escapades owe a lot to the classics of…

iconHow to Design a Realistic Roller Coaster in Planet Coaster

Foxy Fern gives a concise overview of how to build realistic coasters in Planet Coaster, including short explanations of vertical and lateral G, the problem with building too many loops or inversions in a row, and the importance of bankable turns.

It’s Raining Men: Explaining the Appeal of the Boys (and Bots) of Overwatch

In their first article, Cora and Amanda broke down the romantic appeal of Overwatch’s female characters. In this second installment, they deliberate how the rest of the roster breaks down in terms of dateability. Yes, even the cool science…
Rose of Winter

Why Rose of Winter is a More Progressive Otome Game

I’m a strong and reasonably confident woman. I don’t need a romantic partner, but that doesn’t stop me wanting one sometimes. An increasing trend in many games, as well as movies, is that it’s ‘all or nothing’. It’s a…

iconWhat We Know so Far About Mass Effect Andromeda’s Gameplay Mechanics, Exploration, and The Kett

In the first video, MD discuses what we know so far about the gameplay mechanics in Mass Effect Andromeda, including combat, multiplayer, classes, and more. In the second, she discusses what we know so far when it comes to Exploration and the…

How to Prepare for Comfort Gaming

You’ve had a rough week. Your boss/client/coworker has been an ass, the world’s a mess, your life’s a mess, and you’re in desperate need of some TLC. But there’s hope! It’s Saturday morning, your calendar is clear and your…

What is “Good” Representation in Video Games?

Representation matters. Seeing ourselves and others in media shapes our self perception and how we see the world at large. This is becoming a widely accepted reality, yet attempts at improving representation often fall flat. In games especially, problems…
Planet Coaster

icon10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Planet Coaster

Foxy Fern provides a quick overview of tips and shortcuts for the new theme park sim Planet Coaster, from adding custom music to organizing janitors to sculpting terrain around a roller coaster.
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…
Fruit Ninja

Casually Yours: Mobile Games are Boring Too

Recently, Brie Code, a 14-year veteran of the gaming industry, issued a clarion call to game developers and gamers everywhere. In her tour de force piece, she posited that all video games are boring and asked: what if everything…

Girlfriend Material: Exploring the Appeal of the Women of Overwatch

From the reams of Overwatch fan fiction and art created—not to mention the unofficial Overwatch dating sim in development—it’s clear that players are more than a little obsessed with the characters in Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter. To explore this phenomenon, two of remeshed’s resident bisexual…

Why Retro-Style RPGs are so Appealing

If I were trying to explain to an outsider the particular genius and downfall of the video game industry, the best metaphor might well be the mind of a four-year-old. Sometimes that fertile little brain will exercise combinatorial creativity…

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