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Stephen and Linda are here for board game week! This week they talk about Dungeon Academy from The Op, Unbox Key to the Kingdom from Restoration Games, and then talk about how they evaluate Kickstarter campaigns!

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Every other week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!


The gaming definition this week is a term that is actually relevant in both the gaming space and elsewhere: Parasocial Relationships.

In the age of the influencer, the line between the audience and the personality on the other end of the camera has become rather blurry. We’re made to feel like the person we’re watching on Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram is our friend, someone that surely must care about us as much as we care about them. In actuality, this one-way parasocial relationship was defined back in the 1950s by psychologists Donald Horton and R. Richard Wohl as the result of television hosts establishing “the illusion of intimacy” and making their fans feel like the broadcast is just for them. 

Parasocial relationships rarely apply to one-off viewers, since they can sometimes treat the person on the other side of the camera with much more detachment. 

Now that we’re interacting with both social media stars and actual celebrities in more ways than not, parasocial relationships have wormed their way into our lives in relatively normal, but sometimes insidious, ways. Streamers and influencers create interactions that feel deeply personal to those that they’re interacting. Parasocial relationships are entirely one-sided, which means that even if you feel particularly attached to a streamer or influencer, they aren’t your friend. It’s not that parasocial relationships are bad. In fact, quite the opposite! There are a number of studies out there that have explored parasocial relationships and their benefits, including for young people finding their own identities and for those with lower self-esteem.

Dr. Rachel Kowert published a great video on this subject. I’ve embedded it below so you can take a look!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between October 17th through October 23rd.  

Monday, October 18

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora DLC- Switch

Tuesday, October 19

  • Angry Alligator- Switch
  • Duo Zombies- Switch
  • KeyWe- PS4
  • Regency Solitaire- Switch
  • The Caligula Effect 2- PS4, Switch
  • Youtubers Life 2- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, October 20

  • Bats: Bloodsucker Anti-Terror Squad- Switch
  • Crazy Gravity- Switch
  • Energy Cycle- Series X
  • Horizon Chase Turbo Senna Forever DLC- PS4
  • Jars- Switch
  • Princess.Loot.Pixel.Again- Xbox One
  • Sheepo- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Silver Chains- Series X
  • Spectacular Sparky- Switch

Thursday, October 21

  • Echo Generation- Xbox One, Series X
  • Endocrisis- Switch
  • Energy Cycle Edge- Series X
  • Evertried- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Howling Village: Echoes- Switch
  • Monomals- Switch
  • Skul: The Hero Slayer- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Tandem: A Tale of Shadows- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Toy Soldiers HD- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Friday, October 22

  • Jumanji: The Video Game- PS5
  • Minigolf Adventure- Switch
  • Murder Diaries 2- Xbox One, Switch
  • My Friend Peppa Pig- PS4, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Pro Flight Simulator- Switch
  • Reminiscence in the Night- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X (Thursday, October 21)

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between October 3rd through October 9th.  

Monday, October 4th

  • Toree 2- Switch

Tuesday, October 5th

  • Alan Wake Remastered- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute- PS4, Xbox One
  • LEGO Marvel Superheroes- Switch
  • Nickelodeon All Star Brawl- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey- PS4, PS5
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of Leviathan- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania- PS4, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • The Lightbringer- Switch

Wednesday, October 6th

  • Art of Rally- PS4, PS5

Thursday, October 7th

  • Balloon Pop: Learning Letters, Numbers, Colors, Game for Kids- Switch
  • Business Tour Deluxe- Switch
  • Creepy Tale 2- Switch
  • Drum Box- Switch
  • Gang Beasts- Switch
  • Infinicorp: Cyperpunk Card Game- Switch
  • Jack Axe- Switch
  • Lotus Bloom- Switch
  • No Longer Home- Xbox One, Switch
  • PandaBall- Switch
  • Panmorphia- Switch
  • Prehistoric Life Puzzles- Switch

Friday, October 8th

  • AAA Clock- Switch
  • Bouncy Bullets 2- Switch
  • Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala- Switch
  • Lord of the Click II- Xbox One, Switch
  • Metroid Dread- Switch
  • RainCity- Xbox One
  • Tetris Effect: Connected- Switch

Saturday, October 9th

  • Medieval Tower Defense- Switch
  • Toroom- Switch

For the Grown Ups

  • Back 4 Blood- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X (Thursday, October 7th)
  • Far Cry 6- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X (Thursday, October 7th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Metroid Dread

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 26th through October 2nd.  

Tuesday, September 28th

  • Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot: The First Cases- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Antonball Deluxe- Switch
  • Away: The Survival Series- PS4, PS5
  • ConnecTank- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Dandy Ace- Xbox One, Switch
  • Fantasy Friends- Switch
  • G-Darius HD- Switch
  • In Sound Mind- Xbox One
  • KeyWe- PS5
  • Knockout Home Fitness- Switch
  • Lemnis Gate- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • Open Country- Series X
  • Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye DLC- PS4, Xbox One
  • Steel Assault- Switch
  • Streets of Rage 4: Anniversary Edition- PS4, Switch
  • Warp Frontier- Switch

Wednesday, September 29th

  • A Juggler’s Tale- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Centipede: Recharged- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Creepy Tale- Xbox One
  • DroneRidge- Switch
  • Math Classroom Challenge- Switch
  • Meteroids 3D- Switch
  • Skeletal Avenger- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch

Thursday, September 30th

  • Aeon Drive- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • AlphaLink- Xbox One
  • Asdivine Saga- Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Astria Ascending- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Barricadez Revisited- Switch
  • Bonfire Peaks- PS4, PS5, Switch
  • Cabela’s the Hunt: Tournament Edition- Switch
  • Cotton 2: Saturn Tribute- Switch
  • Cotton Boomerang: Saturn Tribute- Switch
  • Death’s Gambit: Afterlife- Switch
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • eFootball 2022- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • ExZeus: The Complete Collection- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Fishing Sim World: Bass Pro Shop Edition- PS4, Xbox One
  • Gearshifters- Switch
  • Guardian Force: Saturn Tribute- Switch
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Ludo XXL- Switch
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Mini Car Racing 2- Switch
  • Prepare the First RPG Village: The Adventures of Nyanzou & Kumakichi: Escape Game Series- Switch
  • Road Racing: Highway Car Chase- Switch
  • Ronister Adventure- Switch
  • Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack- PS4, Xbox One
  • The Card Battle: Eternal Destiny- Switch
  • The Eternal Cylinder- PS4, Xbox One
  • Unsighted- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword VII- PS4, Xbox One

Friday, October 1st

  • 2weistein: The Curse of the Red Dragon 2- Switch
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines Axle City Racers- Switch
  • Colsword- Switch
  • Doom & Destiny Worlds- Switch
  • Earth Marines- Switch
  • FIFA 22- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • FIFA 22: Legacy Edition- Switch
  • Kyle is Famous: Complete Edition- Switch
  • Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition- PS4, Xbox One, Series X
  • Space Revenge- Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Sports & Adventure Pinball- Switch
  • Survival Z- Switch
  • Takorita Meets Fries- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Hot Wheels Unleashed

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 19th through September 25th.  

Sunday, September 19th

  • Super Arcade Football- Switch
  • Work Trip- Switch

Tuesday, September 21st

  • Golf Peaks- Xbox One
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits- PS4, PS5
  • Street Outlaws 2: Winner Takes All- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch

Wednesday, September 22

  • Crisis Wing- Switch
  • Cube Samurai: Run Squared- Switch
  • Subdivision Infinity DX- PS5

Thursday, September 23rd

  • Beast Breaker- Switch
  • Chef’s Tail- Switch
  • Embr- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Fisti-Fluffs- Switch
  • Hampuzz- Switch
  • MageQuit- Switch
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • Staxel- Switch
  • S.W.A.N.: Chernobyl Unexplored- Switch
  • The Plane Effect- Switch

Friday, September 24th

  • A Gummy’s Life- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • Blind Postman- Xbox One, Switch
  • Death Park- Xbox One
  • Don’t Touch This Button- Switch
  • Dragon Ball Z Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set- Switch
  • Port Royale 4- PS5, Series X
  • Spacebase Startopia- Switch
  • The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Top Down Racer- Switch

Saturday, September 25th

  • In My Shadow- switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Diablo II: Resurrected- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch (Thursday, September 23rd)
  • Diablo Prime Evil Collection- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X (Thursday, September 23rd)
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut- PS5 (Friday, September 24th)
  • Lost Judgement- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X (Friday, September 24th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week- Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 12th through September 18th.  

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Colors Live- Switch
  • Cruis’n Blast- Switch

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Arkan: The Dog Adventurer- Series X
  • Between Time: Escape Room- Switch
  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Dustwind: The Last Resort- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Merek’s Market- Xbox One
  • Mindcell- Switch
  • Mr. Pumpkin 2: Kowloon Walled City- Xbox One
  • Omen of Sorrow- Xbox One
  • Titan Chaser- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch

Thursday, September 16th

  • Beyond Enemy Lines: Remastered Edition- Switch
  • Classic Logical Bundle- Switch
  • Eastward- Switch
  • Elva the Eco Dragon- Switch
  • I am Fish- Xbox One, Series X
  • Murder Diaries- Xbox One, Switch
  • Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold ‘Em- Switch
  • Project Winter- PS4, Switch
  • Push-Ups Workout- Switch
  • Razion EX- Switch
  • SkateBird- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • The Amazing American Circus- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch

Friday, September 17th

  • Dojoran- Switch
  • Earth Marines- Xbox One
  • Galactic Invasion- Switch
  • Love Colors- Switch
  • Murder Diaries- PS4, Xbox One
  • Nexomon- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Prince’s Edition- Switch
  • Tails of Iron- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • TOEM- PS5, Switch

Saturday, September 18th

  • Squabble- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Deathloop- PS5 (Tuesday, September 14th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Cruis’n Blast

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 5th through September 11th.  

Monday, September 6th

  • Enchanted Path- Switch
  • Red Square Escape 2- Switch

Tuesday, September 7th

  • Bus Simulator 21- PS4, Xbox One
  • F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch- PS4, PS5
  • Frontier Quest- Switch
  • Sonic Colors: Ultimate- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Surviiving Mars: Below and Beyond DLC- PS4, Xbox One

Thursday, September 9th

  • Apple Knight- Switch
  • BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Boulder Dash Deluxe- Xbox One, Switch
  • Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle- Switch
  • Dice Legacy- Switch
  • GLO- Switch
  • Luna’s Fishing Garden- Switch
  • Mystik Belle: Enchanted Edition- Switch
  • Residual- Switch
  • Smashing the Battle: Ghost Sould- Switch
  • The Artful Escape- Xbox One, Series X
  • The Touryst- PS4, PS5
  • Tux and Fanny- Switch
  • Ultra Age- PS4, Switch

Friday, September 10th

  • A Day Without Me- Xbox One
  • Ball Physics Draw Puzzle- Switch
  • From Earth to Heaven- Xbox One, Switch
  • Knights & Guns- Switch
  • Lost in Random- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • LoveChoice- Switch
  • Momolu and Friends- Switch
  • NBA 2K22- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Tales of Arise- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X
  • Warioware: Get it Together!- Switch

Saturday, September 11th

  • Beat Them All- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Life is Strange: True Colors- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch (Friday, September 10th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: WarioWare: Get it Together!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 29th through September 4th.  

Tuesday, August 31st

  • Cabela’s: The Hunt Tournament Edition- Switch
  • CRASH: Autodrive- Switch
  • Guts ‘N Goals- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • KeyWe- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Monster Harvest- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1- Switch
  • Song of Iron- Xbox One, Series X
  • The Big Con- Xbox One, Series X

Wednesday, September 1st

  • Alveole- Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Galaxy Squad- Xbox One, Switch
  • Ravva and the Cyclops Curse- Switch

Thursday, September 2nd

  • A Good Snowman is Hard Build- Switch
  • Animal Puzzle: Preschool Learning Game- Switch
  • Armed Emeth- Switch
  • Bot.vinnik Chess- Switch
  • Cosmic Express- Switch
  • Farmers Co-Op: Out of This World- Switch
  • Funny Farm Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Kids and Toddlers- Switch
  • Kitaria Fables- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Sokobond- Switch
  • Weapon of Choice DX- Xbox One, Switch
  • White Girl- Switch
  • WRC 10- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Yuoni- Xbox Once, Series X

Friday, September 3rd

  • Angel’s Punishment- Switch
  • A Night at the Races- Switch
  • Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Block Puzzle- Switch
  • Extreme Car Driver- Switch
  • Golf Club: Wasteland- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Minigolf Tour- Xbox One, Switch
  • Pippu: Bauble Quest- Switch
  • The Magister- Xbox One, Switch
  • Virtuous Western- Switch
  • Weakwood Throne- Xbox One

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 22nd through August 28th.  

Monday, August 23rd

  • Night Flight- Switch

Tuesday, August 24th

  • Hoa- Switch
  • I Expect You to Die 2: The Spy and the Liar- PS4
  • King’s Bounty II- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask- Switch

Wednesday, August 25th

  • Mask of Mists- Xbox One
  • Mechstermination Force- Xbox One
  • Murder Mystery Machine- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Phoenotopia: Awakening- Xbox One, Series X
  • Psychonauts 2- PS4, Xbox One, Series X

Thursday, August 26th

  • Cape’s Escape Game: 3rd Room- Switch
  • Dark Thrones- Switch
  • Garden Paws- Switch
  • Green Phoenix- Switch
  • Have a Blast- Switch
  • Hermitage: Strange Case Files- Switch
  • Hotel Life: Resort Simulator- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Instant Farmer- Switch
  • May’s Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville- Switch
  • Myst- Xbox One, Series X
  • Off the Road Unleashed- Switch
  • Secret Neighbor- Switch
  • Shape Suitable- Switch
  • Spelunky- Switch
  • Spelunky 2- Switch
  • Star Hunter DX- Xbox One
  • The Magnificent Trufflepigs- Switch
  • Titans Black Ops- Switch
  • Traffic Jams- PS4
  • Tropico 6: Festival DLC- PS4, Xbox One
  • Wildbus- Switch
  • Witch Hunter- Switch

Friday, August 27th

  • Baldo: The Guardian Owls- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Inked: A Tale of Love- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • One-Eyed Lee and the Dinner Party- Switch
  • Orbibot- Switch
  • Space Station Sprint- Xbox One
  • Zoffice- Xbox One

For the Grown-Ups

  • No More Heroes III- Switch (Friday, August 27th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Psychonauts 2

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