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7 Games for Managing Distress and Regulating Emotions

If the question “How are you?” is enough to send you into a state of confusion and panic, you’re not alone. 2020 has been rough on a lot of us. For some, that means first-person shooters and fighting games may not be hitting the way they used to. Maybe you…

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12 Video Games You Can Play to Ease Your Anxiety During Quarantine

Hi, hello. It’s been a rough last few weeks, hasn’t it? Chances are you had enough to worry about before a global pandemic. And now, you’ve been thrust into a world in which the extremely valid problems you were stressing over probably feel distant compared to how they are now. You’re…

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7 Great Games for Chilling Out on Vacation

It is a truth universally acknowledged that certain books and vacation are perfect for each other. Vacation reads are a whole category of literature which appear annually on lists of recommendations and fill airport bookstore shelves. Why not vacation games, then? Like its book counterpart, the ideal vacation game is vivid,…

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Framing Dystopia

The sci-fi games of 2016 were full of dystopias -- and full of in-universe art created to support or destroy those dark worlds.

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The Best Game Soundtracks of 2016

2016 has been a hard year in uncountable ways, but paradoxically it has been an excellent year for videogame soundtracks. We’ve had a wealth of swelling, orchestral scores, a mountain of pulse-pounding electronica, and a cornucopia of ethereal, ambient soundscapes. We’ve had folksy guitar and not-so-folksy guitar, shredding frets and…

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No winners or losers: how games misrepresent ecologies

Fictional ecologies are quite common in videogames-- but the way games represent them doesn't usually reflect real life.

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Abzu’s 90 minutes of glorious ocean exploration

The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's wake.

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Abzu review

That’s your solution to everything, move under the sea.

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