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Butterfly Soup

5 months ago

Feature: Put your wallet away

The best free PC games to play in 2020

When you're looking for the best free games on PC, what are you looking for? We think we've got you covered with our selection below, whether it's browser games you can start playing instantly, free-to-play games to rival anything you'd spend money on, or downloadable games that you can play for a lifetime.

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Feature: Possibilities make more things possible

Butterfly Soup makes an excellent case for why representation matters

The brilliant 2017 visual novel Butterfly Soup by Brianna Lei is a story about many things. It is about the pains and prides of growing up Asian American in Oakland, it is about coming out queer, it is about playing baseball and living in a society that only pretends it's no longer racist. It is about coping with emotional distress and anxiety, it is about…

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6 months ago

For the second year running, the Glaad awards look like they’re missing the mark on celebrating queer representation

Glaad (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have brought their media awards back for the 31st year, and for the second year in a row they're recognising video games "for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives".Last year, Jay Castello wrote about how these video game…

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7 months ago

Feature: Novel visualisations

The 10 best visual novels on PC

On a rainy night, some people enjoy getting comfy, grabbing their beverage of choice, and curling up with a good book. Some others like doing the same exact thing, but with a game. I say, “why not both?” Visual novels are the perfect genre of game to curl up with. Here’s our collection for the ten best visual novels.

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1 year ago

Feature: Here and queer

Why visual novels are a haven for LGBT+ stories

As a young queer woman, often I have to ask myself what media I want to consume in my video games. Sometimes it’s simply picking the next best thing that includes LGBT+ representation, even if that representation is actually pretty damn awful. There are limits when it comes to certain genres, as well as the type of game, be it indie or giant global studio.…

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2 years ago

Feature: Free games to love and share

Priceless Play – September 1st 2018

Hey, RPS. Things are a bit different in this space! My name is Kat, and I’m a writer and academic out of sunny southern California, taking over the Free Games of the Week column from the inimitable Jupiter Hadley. I’m a PhD student, so I love a game that doesn’t overstay its welcome. I teach game design, so I love a game with a solid…

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Feature: No money fun

FREE 3: A final trio of £0 alternatives

Check our list of the best free games you can download and play on PC right now.The week is finally drawing to a close, and so too is three free for E3, our series giving some suggestions of no cost, already available games to tide you over. We’ve already shown off six, so let’s get stuck in to the last trio to round things off.Instead…

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Feature: School resumes

Developer of indie hit Butterfly Soup talks sequel plans

Visual novels have been experiencing a cultural renaissance in recent years as developers continue to challenge genre conventions and tackle themes that AAA titles are hesitant to explore. Last year saw a flood of VNs capture the popular consciousness, but Butterfly Soup, in particular, charmed its way into players’ hearts and shot to the top of critics’ radars. Now there's a sequel in development, due…

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3 years ago

Feature: Meaningful representation

How Butterfly Soup creates believable characters

Representation matters but the inclusion of more diverse casts of characters is the starting point, not the goal. Too often, characters with identities other than straight, white male are written as caricatures. They no longer represent an individual but instead represent the sum total of their gender, their sexuality, their race. They become tokenistic stand-ins for the complexities of real people. Inclusion and representation alone…

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