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ICYMI: Everything from Today’s Netflix Geeked Week 2022 Gaming Show

E3 is dead and Netflix Geeked Week 2022 is here. Today, June 10, is the fated “GAMES DAY,” and hosts Geoff Keighley and Mari Takahashi revealed a ton of mobile games, video game spin-offs of shows, and television show spin-offs of video games. This past year, Netflix has been making…

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NEWS

Natalie Flores’s Game of the Year 2020 List

As Samara once said in Mass Effect 2, “I am a ruined vessel of sorrow and regret, but I am free.” With this Game of the Year list, I will be free. Y’all, I am so very tired after 2020. This was a hellish year that was made so much…

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FEATURES

Spiritfarer Is a Heartbreaking and Heartwarming Meditation on Life

When thinking about the people and things we’ve lost, we often think of the little things. When I think of my own pet bird — long gone now — I remember how he’d walk across my shoulder to kiss my cheek, or always try to get a taste of my…

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Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase Revealed (and Released) Some Cool Indie Games

Nintendo held another Indie World Showcase today, showing about 20 minutes of new footage and announcements for independent games coming to the Switch. As it turns out, a non-insignificant amount of them were made available for the console/handheld hybrid today. Hades After just under two years of being on early…

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NEWS

I Don’t Know If I’ve Fallen in Love with a Game as Quickly as Spiritfarer

I don’t know if any game has captured me more thoroughly in an hour of fragmented sequences than Spiritfarer. Playing a demo of it a few weeks ago felt like the phenomenon of barely knowing someone — in this case, something — yet inexplicably sensing they’re special to you. By…

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Spiritfarer Wishes to Explore How Death Is Terrible but Incredibly Ordinary

As part of the summer Steam Games Festival, the developers of Spiritfarer — the anticipated cozy management indie game about dying — held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. Here are some of the biggest takeaways: As a counterpoint to the usual harshness of the themes that are dying,…

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NEWS

Spiritfarer Is So Much More Than Its Gorgeous Art Style

The last I saw of Spiritfarer was at its announcement — a brief teaser shown during the Xbox showcase at E3 2019. It immediately grabbed my attention by being very, very pretty. Then it more-or-less faded to the back of my mind. Lots of games with hand-drawn (or seemingly hand-drawn) 2D art…

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FEATURES

Fanbyte Does PAX East 2020: Day One

PAX East is only one day old, and no, we can’t believe it either. The full crew is out in Boston, in full force, you might say, seeing the sights and playing the games of PAX East 2020. EIC John Warren had fun today with Fall Guys and perhaps somewhat…

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PODCASTS

7 Smaller Games I’m Looking Forward to This Year

I haven’t exactly made it a secret that I’ve been down lately. There are a lot of reasons why, ranging from the weather to global events to brain chemistry, but it’s meant that I’ve been having a hard time getting excited about anything. When the Fanbyte staff all listed our…

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LISTS

Late Lunch August 30, 2019: Hard Pans, Soggy Bottoms

Dillon, Andrew, and John check in with merritt and Niki at PAX West. Google Stadia, Spiritfarer, and Cyberpunk 2077 are discussed. New British Baking Show is coming. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm PST on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the…

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PAX West 2019: Spiritfarer’s Calm in the Storm

Most demos at shows like PAX are out on the floor, in the midst of the audiovisual chaos that defines game conventions. But when I played Spiritfarer earlier today, it was in a cozy little space behind the game’s booth. I sat on a couch next to Jo-Annie Gauthier, the…

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