Seeking solace in Japanese life sims

You can’t escape the real world forever. It isn’t possible; it isn’t healthy. But, now more than ever, seeking solace in a safe virtual space is a welcome retreat for those needing to grieve or heal. Japan has excelled in providing us these simple spaces where we can feel heard, accepted, loved and in control. With games like Tomodachi Life, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Princess Maker 2 and Animal Crossing, we can find a moment of peace.

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A beginner’s guide to Advance Wars

While the Fire Emblem series is experiencing a renaissance, the same can’t be said for its longtime compatriot, Advance Wars. The other strategy franchise from Intelligent Systems has been dormant since 2008! Still, there’s a lot to love in its history, and until we’re given another new one, digging back into those older titles is the way to go. But where should you start? Read on.

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Video: Relive the GameCube kiosk experience with Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Vol. 13!

GameCube demo discs are magical things. They’re not nearly as common as for other systems, and these ones specifically — the kiosk ones — have a very different feel, designed to grab you from a store display and not run in the comfort of your own home. Today, we’re checking out Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Vol. 13, released during the system’s prime!

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