The importance of next-gen speed

The embargo on Xbox Series X previews have lifted, where professional (US?) reviewers got their hands on next-gen consoles. What has most excited me, even during the early stages, for both next-gen consoles was not the potential graphics but the speed with which games are loading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elP0Eeu9BtE While naturally we want games to look beautiful, … Continue reading The importance of next-gen speed

Offering up our Twitch channel & site as a home for canceled talks & panels.

If you were going to give a talk or present a panel at a now canceled event, let us know if you'd like to stream it on our Twitch channel or use it to host a virtual conference! We're opening the door to let folks do online events. Drop a note to indg@ineeddiversegames.org Or if … Continue reading Offering up our Twitch channel & site as a home for canceled talks & panels.

Catch Rivals of Waterdeep Live at @C2E2 next weekend!

Hey y'all, if you're going to #C2E2 next weekend, like D&D and want to check out your local, Wizards of the Coast Sponsored actual play 5e group, come to Room S404 on Sunday, March 1st at 12pm! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERRPVrcW4AEKbdh.jpg There'll also be codes given away for free shipping on our #Sponsor Level Up Dice's site for 30 days to everyone … Continue reading Catch Rivals of Waterdeep Live at @C2E2 next weekend!

The New Weird and racist structures

Recently, I published a piece on IGN about Control and the weird and “New Weird” subgenre of horror. To me, what makes this such an essential genre is how it taps into the two conflicting realisations: our need for answers and our recognition of the vastness and weirdness of the universe in which we live, … Continue reading The New Weird and racist structures

Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1

PLATFORM: Playstation 4 TYPE: Third-person, action-RPG, open-world. ~ What do you call an outlaw in a world with no laws? What is there to rebel against, to detach yourself from, when all the world’s anchors have become mangled by an apocalypse? These are some of the considerations I wondered playing as biker gang member Deacon … Continue reading Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1

Difficulty Isn’t Personality: From Software Games Can Be Better than This?

The conversation surrounding From Software’s “Soulsborne” genre is one of the strangest in gaming culture: Should it have an “easy” mode? Is it “too hard”? Are people suckered into thinking their games are good, when it might be a kind of self-delusion to justify spending hours on menial tasks to overcome unnecessarily powerful enemies? I … Continue reading Difficulty Isn’t Personality: From Software Games Can Be Better than This?

A look at the Roll Inclusive Kickstarter and one of its editors, Frank Reiss

Heard of Roll Inclusive? Well, if you read German and are invested in diversity in games, there is a Kickstarter campaign to produce a 320 page essay collection about and by marginalized people in the gaming community. Covering topics ranging from representation, the affects of stereotyping, world-building without enforcing harmful stereotypes, and more, the book … Continue reading A look at the Roll Inclusive Kickstarter and one of its editors, Frank Reiss

Get to know Liz and Steffie: RPG developing duo

I had the pleasure of chatting with Liz (Elizabeth Chaipraditkul) and Steffie (Steffie de Vaan) recently about their new Patreon. Their goal is to create and share 12 games over the course of the year. You can read about their goals and credentials on their Patreon page but continue on for a bit more about … Continue reading Get to know Liz and Steffie: RPG developing duo

Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

It's here! Available today, Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play is a celebration of women's accomplishments in the video game industry, ranging from high-level executives to programmers to pro-gamers. This insightful and celebratory book highlights women who helped establish the industry, women who disrupt it, women who fight to diversify it, and young women … Continue reading Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play