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Lydia Francis

Student, writer, and animation enthusiast based in Chicago, IL. I've been gaming since my parents made the mistake of buying me a Game Boy at age six.

Will Players Always Scorn Mobile Games? — An Interview with Game Developer Tim Harris

Despite its rising popularity, mobile gaming continues to be the redheaded stepchild of the gaming industry.
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At Ten Years Old, ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ Remains Stellar

In essence, perhaps what made Galaxy so lovely is that it introduced so many new mechanics while simultaneously retaining the cheerful familiarity of the older Super Mario games.

The Fluid, Surrealist Visuals of ‘Cuphead’ Explore a Different Kind of Classic

In addition to capturing the fluidity and peculiarity of early Western cartoons, Cuphead features many characters and visual elements that closely resemble those from actual early 20th century animated shows.

After 15 Years, ‘Kingdom Hearts’ Remains A Strange Yet Timeless Treasure

With a topsy-turvy timeline, spellbinding soundtrack, and wide array of unlikely companions, Kingdom Hearts has become one of the most unusual yet beloved franchises of all time. 

Introducing ‘Savior’, Cuba’s First Indie Game

Spirituality meets stack overflow in this gently existential platformer by two ambitious developers from Havana.  

Sweating the Small Stuff: Are Indie Games the Industry’s Future?

Many fans and critics alike have commented on the relative monotony of the AAA games industry to no end - why is it that...