Why Cities: Skylines has become the new darling of the city-building genre

Read a beautiful essay on city-building, and the appeal of the eminently-watchable Cities: Skylines.

I can't wait for this Finnish summer death car game


My Summer Car is an upcoming game about building your own vehicle in the reputedly "hot, hot, hot" Finnish summer. It also promises absurd difficulty, lots of death, and all-important physics bugs. Listen to a man with a wonderful accent show you a weirdly-compelling experience: Read the rest

Want to listen to Animal Crossing music all day?


Sometimes, your workday just needs the kind of pastoral background music that makes you feel like you live in a village full of animals, right? Nintendo's popular Animal Crossing lets you make your living through labor no more complex than collecting shells, fishing, and shaking trees for surprises, which fills one with simple longing. Read the rest

The many inglorious deaths of my virtual fish

How an 'anti-nurturing sim' helps reveal the importance of mortality in games

Mainstream shoppers largely unaware of games not called "The Sims"

The computer games people buy in shops are not the ones they buy online. [RPS] Read the rest