Publisher: City From Naught Developer: City From Naught Year: 2021 Platform: Windows
I worked in a video store in the late ’90s and my manager was the only person who could get rid of customer late fees. One day a verbally abusive regular came into the store and I knew she had a late fee so high the computer system wouldn’t let her rent unless she paid it off. I was not in the mood for that confrontation, so in a panic I tried to wildly guess my manager’s 4-digit password. I nailed it on the second try. Bye bye late fees!
Publisher: 5am Games Developer: 5am Games Year: 2022 Platform: Windows, Mac, Switch
Toying with lexicon has been an adventure game staple since the beginning, though it’s largely become a niche since the VGA era. Modern games that attempt to merge graphics and text gameplay have a daunting task of providing both a coherent story and an element of exploration while also engaging the brain with enough challenge. 5am Games, an all-women team from Switzerland, took on this challenge with their first game, Letters – a written adventure, and have largely succeeded. While the novelty of its unique gameplay mechanic wears off over time, the game’s charming aesthetic, word-driven approach and endearing young protagonist make for an earnest and delightfully unusual adventure.
Publisher: Wadjet Eye Games Developer: Technocrat Games Year: 2015 Platform: Windows, iOS
I’ve always been cautious to play games that take place in cyberspace after my brutal first experience with Ripper. While it’s still generally not my cup of tea, I am happy to report that Technobabylon won me over despite (and in sometimes because of) it’s tech immersion.
I realize music from teenager years is probably overrated, but man I still think the golden era of country music was the first half of the 1990s. Just so many good singers that didn’t emphasize twang and drawl, but still played acoustic guitars and not every song was about rugged individualism. Now get off my lawn.
Fogerty has always been great live, with no significant difference between the studio and his live performances. Blueboy is pretty much his signature swamp rock tune outside of CCR. He also knocked it out of the park with the backup singers for this song and the rest of the album Blue Moon Swamp.