August 1 – August 7

Extreme Forklifting 2 looks like the kind of goofy fun that I like in my sims. The game is, essentially, a puzzle platformer where you drive a forklift to deliver pallets of goods to various locations within a warehouse. The only thing that gives me pause it that the ad copy strikes me as a little too self-aware for its own good.
Oh, hell, I can’t resist: I was going to say “When life gives you explosions, make Explosionade!” Then I looked at some promotional material for the game, and saw that the PR department beat me to it. Whatever, it’s still a good joke. For certain values of “good,” that is.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 511

Kentucky Route Zero Act 4, Rimworld, Stranger Things, WoW, Perfecting Game Length, Your Emails and More!
I'm not usually much of an early adopter, by gamer standards. I've purchased only one game within a week of launch this year – and that was partly because Stellaris launched at $40 and was on sale. But Pokémon GO was easy.

Inside Spoiler Section

Playdead's Inside Spoiler Section With Shawn, Julian and Allen!

July 25 – July 31

Somebody must have been reading last week, because now there are almost too many interesting things for me to choose from. After much painful editing involving my keyboard and a pair of hot pliers, I’ve picked two to share with you. Quadrilateral Cowboy puts you in the role of a mercenary computer hacker from the early 1990s.
How does a game make you care about the fate of a blank Puddle of physics-based liquid with no dialog and no anthropomorphization? Damned it I know, but Puddle pulled it off.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 510

Inside, Raw Data, Videoball, Necropolis, Adrift, Socioeconomic Status and Gaming, Your Emails and More!

July 18 – July 24

You know it's a thin week when I'm thinking hard about choosing a VR game. Mageworks looks like it might be interesting. It's a mage sim where you create your own spells and craft your own staff.
Soren Johnson made a real-time strategy game that is four parts base-building and resource-gathering and zero parts unit-management. He is my new favorite person.