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When it comes to inclusivity, The Arcana plays all the right cards

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on August 27th, 2018

The Arcana, from Nix Hydra Games, may not be a new game (though updates are still being added), but it's an excellent example of a game that works to be inclusive to all players. A mystery/romance game, The Arcana tasks you with uncovering the answer to a murder, and at the same time gives you the chance to win the heart of the character of your choice.

What sets The Arcana apart, however, is its commitment to making a storytelling experience that is meaningful to a wide variety of identities.

While many games will give you a choice of avatar, or perhaps let you choose between being a male or female character, The Arcana looks to open up the player's possibilities with various options not only for the player's pronouns, but the identity of the person they ultimately seek to romance as well.

We sat down with one of the developers of Powerless to talk about diversity, telling believable stories, and more

Posted by Harry Slater on August 17th, 2018

Powerless is a new game that's set to hit the App Store on August 23rd. It's an interactive novel of sorts, with a huge cast of characters and a really intriguing story involving the end of technology as we know it.

The game's got lots of interesting ideas, so we took a moment to have a chat with the co-founder of Narratio, the dev behind the game, Lauren Anne Marie Carter. Carter also designed the game, and has some really interesting insights about tech, life, and diversity.

The best female characters in mobile gaming

Posted by Elizabeth Eagen-Jones on August 15th, 2018

Lara Croft GO iOS screenshot - Pushing a block

In the world of mobile gaming, truly well-made games can often be something of a rarity. Well-made games that feature female protagonists are even rarer, and while many games give you the option to choose between a male or female avatar, it's not often that the star of a game is a woman.

With that in mind, here's a few high-quality games that feature a woman not just as an avatar, but as the main character.

What we can learn about life from Papers, Please

Posted by Harry Slater on August 6th, 2018

Papers, Please iOS screenshot - An applicant at the border

What does it mean to care about another human being? To worry about their hopes and desires, to show concern when they're putting themselves in danger? And when their dreams are in your hands, when their life is hanging in the balance because of you, do you have the strength of character to do what's right?

That's the idea at the heart of Papers, Please. For all that it's a simulator of a border crossing in some imaginary nation, it's really a game about how we treat each other, and about how we react when we have all the power.

It's a game that tries to teach us something, but does it in an entertaining, often harrowing way. If you want to know what sort of person you are, then playing Papers, Please is going to give you a pretty damn good indication.