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Games Are Reimagining Nature in the Age of Climate Catastrophe

Even in Arcadia is one of the most faithful portrayals of nature you’ll find in video games precisely because it is so breathtakingly fake. In Phoebe Shalloway’s far-future satire of space capitalism, mega firms shop planets around like condos, converting them to landfill when they’re drained of life. You play…

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Danielle Riendeau’s Game of the Year List 2020

I’ll refrain from making any sweeping statements about what it was to play games in 2020, given everything that’s happened this year. Instead, I’m going to go right ahead and get out of the way of my list — these were my favorite gaming experiences this year, aside from my…

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merritt’s GOTY 2020: These Were Good Too

Haha man shit was fucking wild this year, here are ten games I played that didn’t quite make it to my top 10 list, but they’re good too. 1. Kill It With Fire A short first-person puzzle game about killing spiders, Kill It With Fire kind of came out of nowhere. Fanbyte…

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Rewilding the Edgelands with ‘Cloud Gardens’

Somewhere between the city and wilderness is an in-between zone, one which the poets Paul Farhey and Michael Symmons Roberts call “Edgelands.” This isn’t the ideal, pastoral wilderness we see pictured on the front of postcards or read about in classic literature, but a rougher, unacknowledged alternate dimension — neither urban,…

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