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Meg Stivison has worked on the development of games including Next Island, Empire Online, Verge Games’ Grumpy Goats, and two Nancy Drew titles. She writes regularly on games and gaming culture for Indie Games Magazine, Hardcore Droid, and other outlets. She blogs on games and life at SimpsonsParadox.com Google

“No Pineapple Left Behind” Hilariously Pokes Fun at the Not-so-Funny Flaws of the American Education System

No Pineapple Left Behind is a satirical sim about education and standardized testing, developed by Subaltern Games, creators of the serious strategy game Neocolonialism. In this single-player PC game, players run a middle school and turn their pesky students into test-taking pineapples. Pineapples are preferable to students because pineapples just take standardized tests and sit…

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New Casual Puzzler Offers Both 'Bot Love and Queer Protagonists
New Casual Puzzler Offers Both ‘Bot Love and Queer Protagonists

Elephant Mouse’s new iOs puzzle game Robots Need Love Too  is about uniting two lovestruck robots. But this is not your average puzzle game or your average robotic romance. I’ve written before about queer protagonists in indie games and choosing player gender, and in RNLT you’re allowed to choose the names and preferred pronouns  of your lovestruck cybernetic duo. Choose…

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Jennifer Weiner’s “All Fall Down” Confronts Addiction and Mommy Bloggers

I really enjoyed reading Good in Bed and Certain Girls, so I was pleased to read Jennifer Weiner’s latest novel, All Fall Down. This is another story about complicated relationships and a likable, tough protagonist fighting her personal demons. But at the same time, All Fall Down is also about privilege, class, and addiction. The book…

Charlie Glass's Slippers: A Modernized Retelling of a Fairy Tale
Charlie Glass’s Slippers: A Modernized Retelling of a Fairy Tale

Holly McQueen’s new novel Charlie Glass’s Slippers is a modern retelling of Cinderella. I love reinvented fairy tales with mermaids , other reinvented fairy tales with Tumblr, and other reimagined fairy tales with the Charleston, so I was excited about it. Charlie is the daughter of famous, if deeply troubled, shoe designer Elroy Glass, and…

Stock Up on Cheap Rhythm Games with This Weekly Humble Bundle
Stock Up on Cheap Rhythm Games with This Weekly Humble Bundle

We love Humble Bundles, collections of games or books at a set-your-own-price. I’ve already written about how Humble Bundles work to give customers accessible electronic copies of purchased products without harsh DRM restrictions. And the newest Humble Bumble includes six rhythm and music games, including rhythm-based platformer Bit.Trip Runner, musical shoot-em-up Symphony, and rhythm RPG Sequence. Seems like…

The Texas Abortion Debate Gets a Game Makeover in
The Texas Abortion Debate Gets a Game Makeover in “Choice:Texas”

Choice: Texas is a serious interactive fiction game centered around access to legal abortions in Texas, developed by game designers Carly Kocurek, Allyson Whipple, and artist Grace Jennings. In this Twine game, players will take on the role of one of five characters and make important choices. Each character is fictional but designed to be…

Alchemy, Backstabbing, and Lots of Murder Abound in
Alchemy, Backstabbing, and Lots of Murder Abound in “The Red Lily Crown”

The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas is set in Medici, Italy, so there’s plenty of historically-grounded backstabbing, poisoning, and assassination in this character-driven story. Ah, my favorite kind of historical novel. I love fiction set in this time period for all the over-the-top disregard for laws among the elite, and The Red Lily Crown…