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Do you play dating sims or games with NPC romances? Then take this survey! Researcher and game developer Heidi McDonald contacted the Border House to let us know about her survey, which is her second about romance games. She writes, … Continue reading
Tower Jam is an online game jam that runs the month of September. The idea is to create games that are about characters that typically don’t have agency in games–particularly those that play the role of Damsel in Distress, the … Continue reading
re/Action zine–helmed by editors Mattie Brice, Andrea Shubert, and Stephen Winson–launched back in May, and since then, the site has published a lot of high-quality games writing from the margins. Maddy Myers wrote about being Samus, Mattie examined tabletop game … Continue reading
Adorable 3DS life sim Animal Crossing: New Leaf launched yesterday in North America and will be out this weekend in Europe. Who’s playing? Here’s a thread to share fossil collecting tips and exchange friend codes.
Merritt Kopas’s latest is an incredibly delightful game about hugging. She writes, “I think more games should be about hugging,” and I totally agree. Play it and read more about it here! It will definitely brighten your day. See more … Continue reading
This June marks the second-annual Worldwide Game Development Month event. Much like the month-long novel-writing marathon NaNoWriMo, WoGaDeMo is an event that gives you a goal (make a game), a deadline (in 30 days), and a community to help you … Continue reading
The second installment of Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is now online–again, after being briefly removed from YouTube thanks to some jerks flagging it. It’s the second video about the Damsel in Distress trope. Please be … Continue reading
Today’s GOTD is a lovely piece about living your life when your choices are limited. As a mermaid! Kayla Overkill can be reached at her Tumblr. Thank you to Kimiko for submitting this one. If you have made or played … Continue reading
Happy Friday! It’s also a long weekend for many readers, so have this adorable game about an alpaca who loves to travel. Alpaca Run by Cameron Kunzelman, Samantha Allen, Joseph Culp, and Guy Conn.
Today’s game is Transitory, a beautiful little autobiographical piece by Kat Haché (co-author of previously-featured Misogyny Island). It’s a sweet reflection on the effect a single choice can have on your life–I recommend playing it twice. Thank you to Samantha … Continue reading