A Closed World is an JRPG-style flash game, whose androgynous hero faces up to the oppressive attitudes of his/her hometown by leaving it. "[It's] a digital game with LGBTQ-friendly content, something that's very uncommon in games right now," writes the creators at Gambit. "Game designers and marketing professionals alike have cited a number of reasons for this, ranging from a perception of institutional homophobia in game culture to a genuine desire on the part of game designers to 'get it right' and create games with compelling queer content, rather than feeling that the element is merely 'tacked on' in the end."
Earlier this week, the creators of Cyberpunk 2077 offered refunds to buyers after the game's buggy launch. Now the game is being completely unlaunched, at least on PlayStation: Sony is taking it off the digital shelves of its online store. It's still available for Windows, the platform it appears to work best on, and for… READ THE REST
Cities: Skylines is free of charge on the Epic store until December 18. This is an essential pick for fans of city-builder games. I'd especially recommend it if you're still bitter about how bad the last Sim City games were ("an insult","a catastrophe"). It will be a very pleasant surprise to see how far the… READ THE REST
Ben Carter made an incredible mod for the Super Nintendo that adds real-time raytracing capabilities to the vintage console. It uses in-cart hardware similar in principle to the official 1993 Super-FX chip that was used to juice the 16-bit machine's 3D abilities. But this enhancement is much more powerful. The idea originated when I was… READ THE REST
For marijuana pioneers of the 60s and 70s, this new America must almost seem like an alien world. There are now twice as many states where cannabis is fully legal as states where it remains illegal. Currently, only six states haven't joined the modern world and ushered some acceptance of marijuana, CBD, and other hemp… READ THE REST
Anybody can be on the receiving end of a good idea or a lightning bolt revelation. It might be about a software project. It could be a method for reorganizing your business operations. It could be a new product idea or a major initiative that could have a huge impact on a business and everyone… READ THE REST
For all its basicness, it's surprising how many people have amazingly strong opinions about their ice. And after reading that sentence, you probably had a visceral reaction to the right ways and wrong ways for using ice too. Because, for something as fundamental as hardened water, we've all got a position. Whether you like it… READ THE REST