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The Leaders of Finji Want You To Remember People Make Their Games

On a temperate Friday afternoon in June, the sun flitted among the clouds creating the perfect day to sit outside and relax — except I was sitting in my childhood bedroom enthralled by Cofounder and Director at Finji Co. Adam Saltsman’s retelling of Star Trek (2009)’s surprise Fantastic Fest premiere.…

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The Uncanny Reality of Virtual Homecomings

“Don’t be a stranger,” my dad said when he and my mom dropped me off at college. I was two hours away from my hometown in South Carolina, where I’d lived up until that point. He’d repeat this reminder when I moved across the country to Los Angeles, and again…

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I Love Women Who Don’t Like Me Back in Video Games

When rival attorney Franziska von Karma appears for the first time in Ace Attorney: Justice For All, she immediately makes a couple of things clear. One, she’s not messing around, and two, she does not like you. At all. Franziska’s bratty, mean, whip-happy shtick was probably off-putting to some. But…

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7 Games That Can Help You Build Interpersonal Relationship Skills

From cooperation to communication, it takes a certain set of skills to build and maintain a relationship. September is Friendship Month, so I’m looking at the art of friendship in seven different video games you can play alone or with friends. Each game highlights a particular aspect of relationship maintenance…

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3 Ways Game Developers Are Changing How Games Are Made

At a time when game company CEO’s are getting praised for giving up their hefty annual bonuses and when large studios are laying off huge parts of their workforce without warning or severance, it’s clear that something has to change in the industry. The usual ideas are straightforward: pay executives…

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Why is There So Little Religion in Games?

The inhabitants of Possum Springs apparently have two options on Sunday mornings: they can attend a church with a progressive woman pastor who cares deeply about serving marginalized folks, or they can sacrifice kids to a monster in the abandoned mines beneath the town. Easy choice, right?  As an Extremely…

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7 Minigames That Deserve Their Own Spin-Offs

Finding micro-experiences in video games has always been my favorite scavenger hunt. From taking part in ordinary activities, such as pool or bowling, to diversions that are completely different from a game’s core idea, some minigames just shine above all others. Yet only a few have managed to become full,…

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Best Game Soundtracks March 2017

From Night in the Woods to NieR, March was a moody, mysterious month of tunes.

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February game soundtrack roundup

Settle in for some good listening with the latest and greatest videogame sounds.

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Night in the Woods review

Clever and authentic, this long-awaited indie adventure game unfortunately overstays its welcome.

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There has never been a better bundle than the Good Bundle

Gearing up for Steam Sale? Save a few bucks for this awesome game-packed charity bundle.

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I’m a shoplifter now and it’s all Night in the Woods’s fault

This highly-anticipated, offbeat adventure game captures small-town miasma like nothing else I know.

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Night in the Woods preview

Night in the Woods wants to tell a story about rural communities that is mysterious, adventurous, and authentic.

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