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Jay Castello

Jay Castello is a freelance writer. If they're not down a research rabbit hole you'll probably find them taking bad photographs near a riverbank or old tree.


Fallout 76 Has Its Problems, but Players Still Love Its Home Building Tools

Clutter is one of those underappreciated things in video games. Spaces that balance great interior design with a lived-in feel to be truly homey  are easy to find in all manner of games. Recently, the Fallout series’ gently scuffed wasteland chic has been my go-to. And the Fallout 76 building…

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Queer Players Use Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Party for Pride

Animal Crossing: New Horizons islands are exploding in a flurry of rainbows this month, as players celebrate Pride at home. Flags have been plastered on poles, noticeboards, and the ground itself. Villagers have been running around professing trans rights. Strategically bred and planted flowers are new expressions of celebration. The dozens of customization options have…

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While Others Look to New Horizons, This Community is Sticking With Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Sometimes it seems like the whole world is playing Animal Crossing right now. The internet is full of snapshots of players going about their lives among their anthropomorphic neighbors. But not everyone has taken up Tom Nook’s offer of the island life with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There’s still a…

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Breaking VR with the Half Life: Alyx Speedrunning Community

In many ways, the Half Life: Alyx speedrun is just like any other. For about half an hour, players race through the game, combining ordinary precision play with glitches that allow them to skip major parts of levels. Though it may look familiar, the game’s virtual reality format makes the…

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Friendly Traders Fight Seedy Scammers in the Animal Crossing Turnip Community

Animal Crossing: New Horizons provides a number of ways to hustle in its Bell-based economy if you want to get rich quick and pay off Tom Nook’s endless loans. One of the best is the Stalk Market — which involves buying an absolute glut of turnips from a cute boar lady called Daisy…

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The Online Dating Profiles of Hades’ Gods (& Some Monsters)

Hades is supposed to be an action-packed roguelite about breaking out of hell, but if you’re anything like me, it’s more like a daydream simulator about getting to know all its blasphemously attractive characters. All manner of gods and goddesses and heroes of ancient lore appear to give our hero Zagreus a helping hand (or a roadblock) during…

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Murder by Numbers Review: A Picross Deluge

Murder by Numbers’ protagonist, TV actor Honor Mizrahi, isn’t having a great day. She’s been fired, her now-ex coworker is grumpy and unsympathetic, and her boss has been killed in mysterious circumstances. There is a silver lining, though. Their name is SCOUT, and they’re an adorable, amnesiac flying robot. SCOUT’s…

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Dreams Review: Powerful Packaging, Okay Creations

One of the first obstacles in Dreams’ opening tutorial is a brick wall. “That’s the Wall of Doubt” the narrator explains, before kindly encouraging you to destroy it. It’s easy to pull apart — both an introduction to the motion controls and a metaphorical invitation not to worry about the potentially daunting idea of creating…

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Kentucky Route Zero Review: Thematic Surrealism

My character injured their leg at the end of Act 1 of Kentucky Route Zero. The rest of the game portrayed it as a glowing, skeletal crutch that crunches slightly and leaves a visible echo behind with every step. You navigate much of this game through dialogue choices, choosing how any given character feels — or at least how…

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