An Ode to Nonviolent Games

Most games have fighting of some kind in them. Whether it's decision-making in an RPG combat system, combo stacking in an Action game, or blasting monsters in a shooter, violence is conveyed in some way or form. You could even say that Mario jumping on enemies and them poofing out of existence is a... mild … Continue reading An Ode to Nonviolent Games

Donut County: The Anti-Katamari

Donut County is a puzzle game developed by Ben Esposito and published by Annapurna Interactive. It released on August 28th, 2018 on PC, PS4, and iOS devices, and later on December 18th, 2018 on Switch and Xbox One. I played the iOS version. In Donut County you feed an adorably small hole by moving it … Continue reading Donut County: The Anti-Katamari

Finishing October with A Short, Pleasant Hike

A Short Hike is an exploration / platforming game developed by Adam Robinson-Yu. It released on July 30th, 2019. It's available for the PC on both Steam and Itch.io for $8. Something about autumn just gets me in the mood for walking simulators... Happy Halloween, everyone! I was hoping Luigi's Mansion 3 would be out … Continue reading Finishing October with A Short, Pleasant Hike

Let’s Make a Game Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

Indulge me for just a little bit. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I've explored several fascinating and diverse landmarks in the region -- from the remains of ancient volcanoes to rocky coastlines, and from stark deserts to thick temperate rainforests. Never has a place I've lived in contain so many different biomes and land features … Continue reading Let’s Make a Game Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

Untitled Goose: What the Honk is This Game?

Untitled Goose Game was developed by House House and published by Panic. It released on September 19, 2019 for $20. It's available on both PC and Nintendo Switch. Here it is, boys and girls, 2019's most anticipated game. Ever looked at a serene, pastoral English village and thought: "this place could use a little more … Continue reading Untitled Goose: What the Honk is This Game?