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Writer Colette Bennett examines the tragic, emotional violence of addiction explored in the PSN-exclusive Papo & Yo, reconciling it with her personal experience with alcoholism. There are some spoilers for the ending of the game included in this article. My mother is an alcoholic. Growing up wi...

August 21st 2012 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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This week's PSN update is pretty substantial, headlined by the launch of Papo & Yo, the result of Vander Caballero's childhood with his abusive and alcoholic father. Papo & Yo is available right now for $14.99; $11.99 for PS Plus subscribers.In addition to Papo & Yo, a revamped YouTube...

August 14th 2012 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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The abuse of a child by a parent is one of the worst betrayals a human being can face. Our families are meant to be the one guaranteed bit of love we have in this often cruel world – people who will support and embrace us even when the rest of creation has turned its back. But the tragedy of...

August 14th 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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It's a great week for PlayStation Plus subscribers, who can grab the first two episodes of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game for free on the PlayStation Store today. As we noted earlier, Sound Shapes ($15) also launched today, and those that buy the PS3 version of the game get the Vita ver...

August 7th 2012 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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Our main little man from Papo & Yo got himself a fancy new suit to go with his fancy new E3 trailer, it seems. We'd like to tell him that the new duds are anywhere near as impressive as the sweet new gameplay clip, but that'd be a straight up lie. See both for yourself, just above.%Gallery-1574...

June 3rd 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Everyone has a coping mechanism for those times they have to endure pain and tragedy. Papo & Yo creator Vander Caballero grew up with an abusive and alcoholic father, and we're learning about it through the game's goals and imagery. Caballero's father is represented by a companion and monster (...

March 13th 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Monster, one of the principal characters in the upcoming Papo & Yo for PS3, has seen a significant redesign. The redesign was aided by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, who has worked in an artistic capacity on many Hollywood films, ranging from Virtuosity to Return of the Jedi. According to Papo & Yo cre...

March 1st 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Sony's presence at this year's San Diego Comic Con is, like Qwark's chest, large and complex. Beyond bringing major retail releases like Resistance 3 and Twisted Metal for attendees to play, the publisher is showcasing a variety of wares from PSN indies like thatgamecompany's Journey and Minority...

July 19th 2011 at 3:53pm 0 Comments
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E3 has come and gone. In the weeks since, we've heard about a few big games ad nauseam, but there were many worthwhile games that managed to slip through the cracks. With that in mind, for this week's Joystiq Show, we've chosen to highlight a few of the smaller games from E3 2011 that we believe de...

July 8th 2011 at 1:55pm 0 Comments