How Indie Games ‘The Company of Myself’ and ‘Fixation’ Promote Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health
We speak to developer Eli Piilonen about using games to show people struggling with mental health that they're not alone.
‘Abzû’ Is the Stress-Free Video Game Our Frantic Lives Need Right Now
Giant Squid's diving simulator does little that's truly original, but its art and music combine for the most wonderful escape from reality.
I Discovered a Weird and Wonderful Video Gaming Festival in a Swedish Ghost Town
Karlshamn isn't an obvious destination for international tourists. But here we are, at Creative Coast, finding digital life amid its dead eateries and still streets.
How Video Games Could Benefit from Hurting Us More
Gaming representations of physical and mental suffering are regularly reductive. But by really making us hurt, these experiences could become unnerving and exciting.
Goodbye, Xbox 360, and Thanks for the Memories
Normally, console discontinuations wash over you. But there's something especially sad about the end of the 360's run.
‘The Magic Circle’ Explores the Dangers of a Life Lived Through Video Games
By examining an unfinished epic in development hell, this indie game exposes the human frailty at the heart of development and fandom.
Listen to the New, Indie-Game-Focused Episode of the VICE Gaming Podcast
'Thomas Was Alone' maker Mike Bithell and State of Play's Daniel Fountain join editor Mike Diver to chat about these "indie game" things.
An Interview with ‘Hotline Miami’ Artist and Musician Niklas Åkerblad
The Swede discusses hooking up with Dennaton, his work since, and finding a "calm limbo" for Jacket.
I Never Made a Video Game Until I Tried to Create One in 48 Hours
I don't make video games—I play them. And yet at the end of January I found myself on a game jam team that had to build an original game from scratch in just 48 hours.
‘This War of Mine’ Is an Almost Too Real Game of Survival Horror
11 bit studios' Siege of Sarajevo-inspired game is even more devastating with the inclusion of 'The Little Ones'.
‘Pony Island’ Is a Daring, Demonic and Demented Gaming Masterpiece
Canadian developer Daniel Mullins' new game is deliriously unhinged, and you absolutely need to play it.
‘The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human’ Is a Cool Game That Raises the Hot Topic of Climate Change
Swedish indie studio YCJY's new title is an underwater Metroidvania set long after the seas have consumed our way of living.