'Red Dead 2,' 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey,' and the Future of the Open World

With new features and grander scale than ever, the biggest games of the fall are trying to re-imagine a well-worn genre. Can they?
Austin Walker
Ricardo Contreras
The Pantheon of Games

2017's Queer Game Characters Gave Me Hope

From 'Prey' to 'Butterfly Soup' to 'Dream Daddy,' queer characters showed up and made 2017 a little more tolerable.
Danielle Riendeau

Atlus, We Haven't Forgotten Your Mishandling of LGBTQ Characters

Atlus has a history of mishandling LGBTQ characters. The new 'Catherine: Full Body' trailer doesn’t inspire hope for a course correction.
Carol Grant

GaymerX East 2017 Ends With An Eloquent Call for Community

Speaker Katherine Cross ended the LGBTQ-focused game conference with a fiery speech about the importance of community in these trying times.
Danielle Riendeau
Dream Daddy

One of 2017’s Most Touching Games is a Hilarious Dad Dating Simulator

'Dream Daddy,' a game about men awkwardly getting to know one another, uses humor to tell real stories about masculinity and parenting.
Patrick Klepek
E3 2017

How the 'Life Is Strange' Prequel Is Giving Queer Fans More Choices

What was sometimes only hinted at in 'Life is Strange' is a much bigger part of this new story.
Patrick Klepek

Why This Very Queer Strategy Game Downplayed Its Queerness While Crowdfunding

The creators of 'All Walls Must Fall' pitched their project very differently to different audiences.
Patrick Klepek
A Normal Lost Phone

'A Normal Lost Phone' Is Anything But a Normal Dive Into Video Game Storytelling

A conversation about curiosity and consequences with the game’s programmer Diane Landais.
Kate Gray
developer profile

How '29' Paints A Personal, Yet Surreal Picture Of London

It draws heavily on the real lives of the two developers making the game. But it also features a literally monstrous roommate.
Lewis Gordon
Views My Own

We Need Thoughtful Resistance During the Trump Presidency

"Whatever small power you have to curb injustice you witness in your everyday life, you must exercise it."
Dawn Saas
LGBTQ Community

How Trans Players Find Support from the Gaming Community

Through games and their fellow players, trans gamers are finding wellsprings of support and new ways to express their gender identity.
Matt Baume

Pride Comes to Los Santos in This New ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Mod

Courtesy of some creative modders, GTA players can now host their own parade.
Mike Diver