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A recent protest in Graham, Alamance’s county seat.

As part of my series interviewing locals in rural North Carolina communities I was introduced to Tabatha. …


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Last Friday I booted up one of the most mystifying games I’ve ever played: Paratopic. As part of an effort to get spooky this October my partner and I played it on Switch — which is about the most confusing tonal experience you could have. Going from the cute blue-red clicks and beeps of the Switch interface to Paratopic’s industrial nightmare is like falling through Yog Sothoth’s portal into a Chuck E. Cheese.

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Source: Steam.

When you start Paratopic for the first time you’ll be greeted by a strange symbol and some distorted old-school beats. I recommend you pump the volume as high as your neighbors will allow and jump right in. The settings are enticing, but the game is best when you don’t let yourself worry about the FOV. As for the sound design, it starts on par with Hotline Miami and goes up from there. …


The best praise I can give this game is that I’ve been playing it since 2013.

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Courtesy of the Nintendo shop

In Game Dev Tycoon you, shockingly, are a game developer working from the halcyon days of the Commodore 64 up to the present. It’s a strategy-simulation with animations and sounds so polished and satisfying that I still play it just to hear those little *plops*.

Game Dev Tycoon scratches my brain in the same way that an idle game does without making me feel like a dopamine robot. It’s just complex enough without being stressful to let me focus on the simple pleasures of plopping and laughing at my own terrible game titles — surely Bethesda will get the hint if I make Fallout 76–2: The Search for More Money. …

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Austin Horne

Student. Writer. Activist. RPG & Card Game Fanatic. Often in that order

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