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Influence a revolution from the perspective of a housekeeper

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Sunset (Mac, Windows, Linux)  BY TALE OF TALES  Most games give you a list of chores to do, only they call them missions, and claim you’re saving the world by doing its housekeeping. Yet, no matter how much these games coat your chores in the hero’s journey narrative, it still comes down to “do this” and “talk to that NPC.” Tale of Tales’ Sunset turns this trope on its head, casting you as a literal housekeeper, while the revolution outside your window waxes and…

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How do you make a better political videogame? Here’s one idea

If there were an ongoing debate about how best to weave political discourse into a videogame, I’d have to put a vote in for the way Jonas and Verena Kyratzes have always done it. Sure, I’ll give credit to those making short, systems-based games such as the prolific and controversial Molleindustria, but for the most part you only see a surface-level heavy-handedness dive into political issues in the medium. What the Kyratzes do, particularly with their Lands of Dream series of adventure games, is bake the politics into a game’s setting, characters, and story. Importantly, the Kyratzes don’t try to…