A List of Lists of Games

I’m putting this list together mostly for my own sanity, there’s only so many tabs I can have open before it starts making me a little crazy.

I’ve been curating lesser-known games to be shown in exhibition spaces here in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and in the process I’ve come across so many cool curators and curated online spaces I wanted to give them their due.

PC Gamer’s — Free Games of the Week

When I hear folks talk about free games nowadays and how they’re flooding the market I think back to 2007 when as a high school student with no money I lived on free games.

Over the years there have been several folks that carried over the torch of free games, Anthony Carboni’s Bytejacker had a segment dedicated to them, FreeIndieGam.es came around for awhile, the ill-fated Indie Statik used to cover the Top 5 Free Indie Games of the Week. Some of the coolest little games have been free over the past 10 years, and now we get to thank PC Gamer’s Tom Sykes and Phil Savage for bringing them to us.

Warp Door

Warp Door is run by indie game finding superstars, all those games websites that used to find the games you loved? They were run by these people, now they just decided to put all their heads in one place. Tim W. formerly of FreeIndieGam.es and currently at IndieGames.com and the IGF. Konstantinos Dimopoulos who’s a frequent contributor to Rock Paper Shotgun as well as IndieGames.com. Chris Priestman who works at Kill Screen and Siliconera and who got in touch with me back in 2012 while he was still at IndieGameMag.

It’s a clean website from the age of internet that realises we don’t need borders around every div and prefers gifs over images for its previews. It puts the focus on the games. Small, strange games about “glitches, cute pocket dimensions, dolphin viruses, people”. Heck, it’s so indie it even has a Puzzle Script game as its front page.

Offworld

If you want a website to lose hours on reading interesting articles and falling down internet rabbit holes, Offworld is the website for you. The deep delve into unusual or hardly covered topics and their histories can lead to quite a few lists of specifically curated games, while often in the service of a point as well! What more could you want from an internet article? Listy and interesting.

Here’s just the lists:
Six Japanese Dating Sims to Fall in Love With, The Millennials are all right and so are their sex games, Home is where the future of games is, A brief history of yarn in video games, Subversive games about waitresses and hairdressers, Games that heal, Five games about cats for you to try (oh wait, this one‘s from Paste, oops!)

All those interesting perspectives and deft curation can be attributed primarily to Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson but also contributors Soha Kareem, Am Cosmos and I’m sure many more.

Itch.io + Pico-8

I’d be remiss to leave out the publishing platform itch.io since my curation so often turns there as soon as I’ve pilfered my memory. But since just putting a storefront in a list of lists seems a bit out of place I decided I’d simultaneously highlight the Pico-8 tool.

Over the past 10 years I’ve seen tools come and go, but familiar developers seem to jump from one to the next, seeking limitations and offering-up creativity in return. Flash, Game Maker, Construct, Flixel, Flashpunk, Unity, Puzzlescript, Twine, all have come onto the scene and either burnt up or held on. Right now Pico-8 seems to be all the rage, as the complete game dev solution it is, with its limited memory space and ‘cartridge’ nomenclature it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

The Rest

Here are a couple more that I have yet to really investigate, they may be full of gems or a sorry sight lacking anything interesting. I’m not quite sure, but exploring is nine tenths of the fun!

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