Get Games, Support Racial Justice

The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality over at indie game marketplace is getting a lot of love from developers, and growing in leaps and bounds. When I bought the bundle yesterday you could get 742 games for $5 from a long list of developers.
This evening, that number has grown to over a thousand games. Technically, it's at 1,427 "items" - "items" because not everything in the bundle is a game. There are art assets in here too, and game engines, among other tools to help you build your own game, as well as digital tools for tabletop RPGs. But with 1,427 "items" (and possibly more growth as more creators contribute), there's bound to be something you find interesting. And, your $5 - or more, if you're feeling generous - will go toward two good causes. All money raised in the project will be split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund for protesters and activists.
So far they've raised…

So, I'm starting a newspaper...

Technically, my partner and I are starting a newspaper. Along with raising our one-year-old son and her ten-year-old son, and buying a new home. Oh, and she recently started a new job in telehealth that turned up to 11 shortly after she started, when the covid-19 crisis made telehealth and distance treatment a new priority for her organization.
So yeah, the timing seems perfect, don't you think?
I'm probably crazy. We're probably crazy.
We're starting a print newspaper. At a time when everyone says print is dead, and more people are consuming their news media online, and already razor thin profit margins are even thinner as businesses just begin to return to something approaching normal after the closure of non-essential businesses and they may not have the same advertising budgets. Genius move on our part, right!?!
The thing is, this is important. It's more important than the money (and we need to make the money back, don't doubt it or undervalue its importanc…

Freebie Friday; Borderlands, the Handsome Collection and more

Borderlands, the Handsome Collection
If you haven't played any of the Borderlands games yet, and you have a PC, you should check out Epic's current free game, Borderlands, the Handsome Collection. The collection collects Borderlands 2, Borderlands the PreSequel (which includes events that presage the story in Borderlands 2, but came out between Borderlands 2 and 3), and all DLC content.
Yes, it's the second installment in the saga of dystopian irreverence and ribaldry that is the Borderlands series, but it's a good jumping on point. The first two Borderlands games are among the few that I've played all the way through, and - with two and three - among the even more rare game that I buy as close to launch as possible. The series has been praised as the first of the first-person looter-shooters, combining the appeal of Halo and Gears of War with the unique loot options and gear mining of Diablo and MMORPGs, it's not hyperbolic to say Borderlands launched a genre,…

Want early access to Crucible?

Crucible, the new free-to-play, third-person action shooter from Amazon, launches in the morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. But you can get in on the action three hours early with one of the codes listed below. (First come, first serve, so hurry up!)

From the Crucible team e-mail:
We heard you were running out of codes, so here’s a fresh batch.
Use the codes below to invite members of your community to participate in the streamer preview event which starts at 9am Pacific (6pm CEST) on May 20. Anyone with a code will be able to play the game for three hours ahead of the public launch. You can start giving these keys away now, but just let your friends and community know that the game servers won’t be up until 9am Pacific on May 20.

More free games! (GTA V and NinjaGo)

Free PC game
If you didn't know already (I didn't until recently*), Epic Games has been giving away a LOT of free games since opening their online store. Their most recent offering, available now through May 21, is the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V. The PC version of the game – the version offered for free – has been a fan favorite, thanks in part to some amazing mods (if you don't know, Google "GTA V whale", and "GTA V cat gun") and has a Metacritic score of 96, with a user score of 7.8. That means people like it. In fact, the giveaway garnered enough attention that demand for the game took the store down for a little while on Thursday when the game was first listed for free download.

GTA V has an ESRB rating of Mature, for players 17 and older, so it isn't one you are going to want to set the kids loose with on the laptop, but if you've been interested in checking the game out and hadn't yet, now is a good time to do so. Be sure t…

Free Game!