The Conquistadork Reviews “That Dragon, Cancer”

On March 13th, 2014, game designers Ryan and Amy Green lost their son. Joel Green was only five years old.

As a way of coping with the loss and the grief, they developed That Dragon, Cancer: a short, artistic interactive experience detailing their lives and Joel’s final moments.

Evolutionary Improvement: Thoughts on “Horse Master”

It wouldn’t be difficult to offer only the merest cursory glance at Tom McHenry’s Horse Master. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than another one of the many rudimentary Choose Your Own Adventure style webgames that dust the internet like salt on a pretzel. But to ignore it would be a massive mistake–and…

The Ole Switcheroo: Thoughts on Gone Home

Last year, art gamers and story gamers alike were treated to the narrative-heavy gameplay of The Fullbright Company’s interactive mystery Gone Home.  While player reviews seemed heavily mixed at the time of release, critic reviews were largely positive across the board, and after finally getting a chance to sit and play through it myself, I’m…

Survival Never Changes: Thoughts On NEO Scavenger

It’s impossible to play Blue Bottle Games’ retro-style RPG NEO Scavenger and not think of the original Fallout.  This is not meant to be an insult–to suggest that the designers behind this post-apocalyptic piece of roguelike did nothing but stand on the shoulders of giants to get where they are.  On the other hand, it…

The Conquistadork’s 5 Favorite Video Games Of 2013

Between reboots, shiny-new Next Gen consoles, and some of the most intricate storylines the gaming world has ever seen, 2013 has been an absolute crusher for our favorite digital artform.  Nerds like me have been on high alert all year long, and after serious deliberation, I’ve come up with my favorite games of 2013.  As with…

The Grand Theft Auto “Thing”

The gold and bubbly crust of my video gaming experience has always been that of the completionist.  Not the full pizza, mind you–just that delicious hunk of leftovers that some sightless fools talk themselves into throwing away.  However, for many the role of completionist is the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.  My dabbling in…