Welcome back, readers.

Hello from Australia, where most of the country is back in lockdown. How are the rest of you doing? Something about a deadly heat dome? Apparently the Olympics are on? Okay.

This Month In Videogame Vlogging highlights the most compelling critical videos about videogames from the previous calendar month.

Strange Asides of Yesteryear

This month arrives with another tasty showcase of investigations into the experimental, forgotten and strange buried offshoots of videogame history.

Identity Stories

For (or coinciding with) pride month, a couple of essayists reflected on how videogames helped them discover and explore their gender identities.

Colonial Reckonings

These next few videos are about games engaging with, critiquing, and sometimes enacting narratives of invasion and colonialism.

Room for Improvement

Design elements can always improve, the next two videos remind us.

Reading Along Fractured Paths

This section brings together a strong collection of pieces tied by their discussion (and/or technical use of) the splitting of perspectives and time.

Polite Hype

These two essays mostly just have nice things to say.


A sour note to end this month’s wrap-up.


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