What are we all playing this weekend?
Back when I worked for a multiplatform site, folks used to talk about "the summer lull". These wonderful months were a period to be dreaded, a period when few games are released and there's little to play. It's quite nice I can now be entirely oblivious of any supposed lull, with a bazigillion games out on PC all the time and so very, very many good ones always to catch up on. Not one single game could be released for a year and I'd hardly notice. Really though: it's summer, go outside.
What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on.
Adam: Tyranny. It passed me by at release, because who has time to play these big RPGs (?), but every press trip I've been on recently has ended at a table in a bar where people talk about how great it is. And it sounds so much weirder than I expected it to be. I'm hoping to see something of the expansion at Gamescom next month so now is the perfect time to prepare myself.
Alec: Stuff and things will see me called away from my PC for most of the weekend, but I just bought a new telling-bone which hopefully does not have battery life quite as pitiful as my old one's - in which case I plan to while away various waiting room hours with mobile versions Lara Croft Go and Sorcery 3, both of which I own on PC but have yet to play. So it's only half a sin.
Alice: This is the final weekend before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe starts, bringing with it literally thousands of shows and even more tourists. I'll use these last free days to do things that'll be impossible during the following month - anything going anywhere past, through, or remotely near the city centre, venues, or attractions. That'll rule out the garden centre (and its butterfly house!) so I'd better make the most of it. And I'm playing Plunkbat and Isaac, obvs.
Brendan: I could play something for work purposes. Like magic-blaster Citadel: Forged With Fire or zombie-stopper Fortnite. I need to write about those. Or I could run around some more in persistent multiplayer war game Foxhole. Last night I joined a group of engineers and we roamed the map in a truck, building walls and supplying the front with metal. I felt like part of a big, fighty machine.
Graham: I'm midway through a house move, which means I'm living in the ruins of my life. Half my stuff is already in a van somewhere, the other half is either in boxes or looking nervously at boxes. My computer remains however, and so I'll try to sneak in a few games of Playerunknown's Plunkbat and I may - may - finally get round to starting on Edith Finch.
John: I really want to take a look at The Darkside Detective, but I realise that much more likely is having to build a shed. I'd also like to spend some time playing Immortal Planet, to see if it's any good, but I have to host a bbq. The forecast for this weekend is non-stop rain.
Philippa: This weekend I will be playing Subnautica. I might also visit the seaside. If there's time I might try to fit in a spot of livestreaming some sailors.
But you, dearest reader, what are you playing?