Let’s Talk About ‘The Medium’ – A Unique Horror Experience Soured By Its Problematic Narrative Delivery

https://youtu.be/NuNdPdhNsnk Polish developer Bloober Team has always been hit or miss for me, but there's no denying how well they've perfected atmospheric horror over the years. From Layers of Fear and Observer to Blair Witch and their first foray into "next-gen" with the initially Xbox Series X exclusive The Medium, the one thing they've all … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘The Medium’ – A Unique Horror Experience Soured By Its Problematic Narrative Delivery

[WEEKEND GAMING] Sneaking Through the Spirit World and Renaissance Point-and-clicks

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! Final Fantasy XIII will continue to be my long-term "chip away at" game for the next few weeks (or months), so I won't be including it in my weekly wrap-ups unless something important happens. For now, I'm still somewhere in what the game considers "disc 1" farming Aegisols in the … Continue reading [WEEKEND GAMING] Sneaking Through the Spirit World and Renaissance Point-and-clicks

Let’s Talk About ‘Eastshade’ – An Endearing, Imaginative, and Incredibly Janky Walking Sim

https://youtu.be/mYslaGEMs4o Back when she was alive, your mother's favorite memory was vacationing with your father in a far-off island called Eastshade. It's a wonderous place with breathtaking scenery and curious inhabitants that are all equally friendly and talkative bipedal animals. Your mother's dying wish was for you to visit Eastshade on your own, explore, and … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Eastshade’ – An Endearing, Imaginative, and Incredibly Janky Walking Sim

Let’s Talk About ‘Last Stop’ – A Narrative-Heavy Sci-fi Adventure From the Developers of ‘Virginia’

https://youtu.be/7FUw-g65OUg One of my favorite games from 2016 is Variable State's small town mystery Virginia. Without speaking a single word, Virginia oozed character and intrigue while leaving plenty up to the player to decipher. It's so, so good. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped to play the British developer's newest adventure Last Stop, especially … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Last Stop’ – A Narrative-Heavy Sci-fi Adventure From the Developers of ‘Virginia’

Let’s Talk About ‘Ikenfell’ – An Unapologetically Queer Turn-Based RPG About Witches and the Damage of Secrets

https://youtu.be/QDY2M1uxJWQ There's no shortage of RPGs to choose from nowadays, but none of them are as diverse and unapologetically queer as Happy Ray Games' Ikenfell. While modern gaming is slowly becoming more inclusive by adding a gay character here and there and changing their social media banners during Pride Month, Ikenfell puts its entire cast … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Ikenfell’ – An Unapologetically Queer Turn-Based RPG About Witches and the Damage of Secrets

Let’s Talk About ‘Carto’ – A Map-Making Puzzle Game About Making Friends and Finding Family

https://youtu.be/MrLp01aY5UQ I've been steadily making my way through some of the shorter indie games on Xbox Game Pass, with the latest being a charming little puzzle adventure called Carto. Here, the titular heroine is separated from her grandmother after their airship encounters trouble during a lightning storm. Both happen to be cartographers, which obviously plays … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Carto’ – A Map-Making Puzzle Game About Making Friends and Finding Family