My 2013 Games of the Year: Gone Home (PC / Mac)

Gone Home tasks you with exploring your family’s residence, but it’s not the place you grew up in. They’ve since moved into a large, old house, full of dark corridors, faulty wiring, and false spaces. Following in the tradition of 90s classics Myst and Riven, the game favors environmental exploration while dispensing with any of the convoluted puzzles or fantastic plots that complicated those games. Instead, Gone Home weaves a beautiful, human story that should not be missed.

By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter

TWDG Questions - send me a letter in my ask and i'll answer

A - Who had the most heroic death?
B - Your favorite episode of S2?
C - Your favorite episode of S1?
D - Your favorite episode from both seasons?
E - Do you ship Nuke?
F - Who had the most saddest death?
G - Which character do you hope is still alive?
H - Lee or Clementine?
I - Favorite outfit?
J - Favorite ship?
K - Least favorite ship?
L - Favorite Lee moment?
M - Jane or Molly?
N - Sarah or Duck?
O - Least favorite episode?
P - S1 Clem or S2 Clem?
Q - Favorite member from the cabin group?
R - Favorite villain? 
S - Mike or Bonnie?
T - Favorite 400 days member?
U - Lilly or Kenny?
V - Favorite area we were in?
W - Character I would kill for another one to live for forever?
X - Thing you most hated?
Y - Character that gets a lot more hate that they deserve?
Z - Character who had a lot of potential? 

My 2013 Games of the Year: Papers Please (PC)

Papers Please puts you in the role of an immigration inspector at an Arstotzkan border checkpoint. The game is a brilliant bureaucracy simulator, as you are tasked with enforcing the Arstotzkan government’s reactionary rules while witnessing the impact of these rules at a very personal level. Helping someone in a dire situation that doesn’t have the proper paperwork may help you sleep at night and yield under-the-table bribes; however, doing so will result in a citation, which can mean a salary cut. Too many salary cuts will make it hard to pay the rent and feed your family, but maybe that loss can be offset by bribes? What will you do?

By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter