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Jay Castello

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Jay is a freelance games writer specialising in intersectional feminist critique, how to improve games and use them to improve the world, and cute dogs. She loves inhabiting digital spaces in all their forms, and being constantly surprised by just how weird and wonderful games can be.

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Before I Forget is a narrative game exploring the life of Sunita, who has dementia. By moving through her house, players will unlock memories that she had previously forgotten. These are visualised with the spread of colour through the previously monochrome rooms, an effective way…

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Windlands 2 is easily the strangest feeling I’ve ever had in VR. A virtual reality platformer, the game asks the player to swing from branch to branch using their twin grappling hooks. The movement that this system creates is incredibly engaging, but intense enough that…

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Morkredd is interesting because its monochrome aesthetic and the menacing dark that players must avoid contrasts cleanly with how much I laughed playing it. You’d expect a game with this kind of aesthetic to be tense, and it is, to an extent. But with two…

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Lost Ember has some of the most adorable animals in games I’ve ever seen – especially the wombats. And to make it better, you get to play as these cute critters. Beginning as a wolf, you meet a strange spirit who seems to be seeking…