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    Wholesome Games Serves up Snacks with Game Trailers and More

    Wholesome Games has become a huge community since they started. Last year was their first “Wholesome Direct“, a riff on the Nintendo Direct format, focusing on cheerful, relaxing games. The Wholesome Snack is the equivalent of a Nintendo Direct Mini, showcasing a dozen games with new trailers and gameplay footage. You can find the full […] More

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    Unpacking Makes Tedium Comforting

    I admit freely Unpacking has been my most anticipated game of the year. The cozy, chill vibes of the trailer hooked me instantly, and when the demo was available on Steam I played through it several times. So when Humble Games reached out to me with a key I was ecstatic. Made by Australian developer […] More

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    To The Rescue! Pet Dogs for a Great Cause

    To The Rescue! is a dog shelter simulator, and works similar to running a store except with adorable doggies. It’s also helping real dogs in the process because 20% of profits from To The Rescue! will be donated to The Petfinder Foundation. The game received funding from August 6th to September 3rd of 2019 on […] More

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    The Good Life is a charming RPG Bogged Down by Issues

    The Good Life is the newest title from Swery, creator of cult classic Deadly Premonition. Yukio Futatsugi, the creator of Panzer Dragoon led the development team on a project partly funded by Kickstarter. It’s been a few years since that campaign (spring 2018) with delays pushing it back from 2019, to 2020 and now finally […] More

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    No More Heroes III is Strictly for the Fans, and That’s Okay

    SUDA51 is one of gaming’s most fascinating creators to me. There tends to be a pretty consistent theme with his works: there’s usually an element of surrealism; there’s meta, self-referential humor; there’s usually extreme and often times comical amounts of violence. He actually stepped away from the director’s chair for a while, though, and only […] More

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    Garden Story First Impressions: A Fruitful, Adorable Adventure

    When I say I’ve been waiting years for this game–I mean it. The first time I saw Garden Story was late 2019 when developer Picogram announced they’d be partnering with Rose City Games, who would publish the title. I’m a massive fan of these types of games that combine the action-adventure of Legend of Zelda with the foraging […] More

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    Get Crafty in These Great Farming Simulator Games

    I love farming simulator games, especially ones where you have your own town or camp. Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley, and of course, Animal Crossing are some of my favourites; I have hundreds of hours in each. The grind of gathering materials, exploring and crafting items, and building up your home is somewhat meditative to me […] More

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    Wholesome Games Direct Highlights

    The Wholesome Games community was created in response to the cancellation of gaming events due to the pandemic. Focusing on games with more light-hearted themes in comparison to triple-A titles, the Wholesome Games team has showcased many incredible games and developers since its inception. To coincide with other big gaming events like the Summer Game […] More

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    The GameCube 20 Years Later

    The GameCube was Nintendo’s sixth-generation console. In contrast to the standard size CD-ROMs used by the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s first foray into the market, the original Xbox, the GameCube used mini-discs. The entire console was quite small and even had a handle on the back for portability. It was not as simple as […] More

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    Nintendo GameCube Favourites

    The GameCube came out at a perfect time in my life—I was 11 years old and for the first time, I started paying attention to things like graphics and gameplay. It felt like I had moved on from “I just play whatever my parents get me” to actually choosing my own games to rent and […] More

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    Remembering the Dreamcast

    About two years ago, I worked tech on a video game podcast where none of the hosts knew when the Dreamcast was released. Without having even to flinch, I blurted out, “September 9, 1999.” Dumbfounded, the co-host leaned toward me, “how did you know that?” he said. 12 year old me ate up Sega’s bizarre […] More

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    Coffee Talk: The Game Where You Never Expected a Plot Twist

    A couple of weeks ago I found myself scrolling through my partner’s collection of previously downloaded Xbox Live Gold games, and stumbled across a visual novel called Coffee Talk. I’ll admit, at first, I didn’t think much of it seeing the screenshots of elves and werewolves, and figured it would be a story playing out […] More

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