It is a tough time to be online right now. We are watching as a whole race rises up against the systematic oppression they have experienced for years. It is hard not to be upset and the urge to help is strong. If you are in Australia you may feel like helping is too hard, the distance too great. Player 2 would like to remind you all though that Australia is by no means innocent. Indigenous Australians have been victimised and silenced by ingrained systemic racism and police brutality for generations. We, as a nation, have treated them in such a bad way for so long their voice is no longer even acknowledged let alone heard. So helping starts at home. Write to your local state or federal MP. Donate or assist a charity that works with the Aboriginal community. Educate yourself about the traditional owners of the land you are now sitting on. These are just some of the small but important steps each and every one of us needs to take to make Australia and, by extension, the world a better place. Player 2 would also like to say it is important to recognise all marginalised voices in this country, from the LGQBT+ community to disabled Australians to other minority ethnic and refugee groups, and work together to make this a truly equal place to live.
The Ultimate Indie Smackdown – Bounty Battle
Everyone loves a good old fashioned video game punch up, especially when the fight involves a whole bunch of your favourite characters. We’ve been fighting as Nintendo characters for years in Smash Bros, and the Playstation roster got a look in with Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale a few years back. Now it’s time for some indie darlings to step up for a skirmish in Bounty Battle, a new battle royale brawler by Merge Games and Dark Screen Games releasing for PC and consoles on July 16th.
No matter what your console of choice, you’ll be able to gather 2-4 of your friends and fight it out as characters from a whole bunch of indie favourites (including Dead Cells, OwlBoy, Guacamelee! and more!), each with their own unique minions and abilities. You can watch the roster trailer here to see for yourself which characters to expect, or you can check the Steam page for a full list of all 30.
The game will offer a variety of different modes to try out, including Tournament, Challenge Mode, and Versus, plus Tutorial and Training Room where you can hone your skills and find the character that’s right for your playstyle.
For those particularly keen for the release of Bounty Battle, a signature edition is available to preorder here, which is scheduled to release alongside other physical retail copies in August.
Jess is a writer and researcher who loves games with good puzzles, good stories, and a tendency to punch you straight in your feelings. She is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me and is particularly interested in games told from unique perspectives that highlight themes or characters from groups that are often underrepresented. She also just really loves coffee, hot chips, and terrible superhero TV shows, and is always secretly hoping that one day the world will give her a good Sherlock Holmes game.