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Michael Riser

Michael J. Riser is the Indies Editor of, and he also writes weird fiction and articles about videogames. He occasionally posts stuff at, and (more frequently) @Quemaqua on Twitter.

Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Secret of Mana’

Better known as 聖剣伝説2 (Seiken Densetsu 2) in its native country of Japan, Secret of Mana is a 1993 Super Nintendo release fondly remembered by many across the globe as a childhood staple.
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Region Free Nintendo Switch — the Best News of the Presentation

Nintendo delivered its Switch console presentation in Tokyo Thursday evening (Friday in Japan), and it's since become the subject of more than a little controversy.

Year in Review — The Best Indie Games of 2016

2016 may not have been the best year, all things considered. It was a year of social upheaval, political frustration, and environmental catastrophe. Of unchecked corporate irresponsibility and the prospect of worse. Of loss.

‘One Night Stand’—Worth More Than One Night

There are certainly some exceptions, such as cult Atlus favorite Catherine or largely unknown indie tale Cibele, and some that straddle the line a bit by being lighthearted but real-feeling, such as Emma Kidwell’s Well This is Awkward, but One Night Stand is one of the best representations of the maturation of sex in games to date.
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Behemoth Party—’Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack’ Review

Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack Developer(s): Paradox Development Studio Publisher(s): Paradox Interactive Platform(s): Windows, OS X, Linux Release Date(s): October 20 2016 (Requires Stellaris base game to play, available on...

Darkest Dungeon — The Torch is Still Lit

Darkest Dungeon Developed and Published by Red Hook Studios Available on PC (GOG, Steam), Mac, PS4, and PS Vita Darkest Dungeon isn't exactly new news at this point....

Project Highrise — Tall Aspirations

Project Highrise Developed by SomaSim Published by Kasedo Games Available on PC (Steam, GOG, Humble) Project Highrise is, in several ways, the fulfillment of a dream. If, like...

‘Branching Paths’ Explores Japan’s Indie Development Scene

Many of us grew up on Japanese video games. We remember fondly the colorful worlds brought to us via now-classic game consoles born from...

ABZÛ — Meditation and Water

ABZÛ Developed by Giant Squid Studios Published by 505 Games Available on Steam (reviewed), PS4 "Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded forever." - Herman Melville, Moby...

The Future of Competitive ‘Catherine’: An Interview with “Dacidbro”

I had a chance to chat with competitive Catherine world champion David "Dacidbro" Broweleit about his involvement in the scene and the future of...