Welcome to food week!

This week, we're once again shining a light on the intersection between games and that biologically-necessary treat we call food.

Food is the bedrock beneath our lives and cultures, influencing all of our relationships—to nature, to each other, to work and emotion and health. And so of course it appears often in videogames, which emulate or challenge all of those relationships in one way or another. Food is power, or poison, or life, or something you found in a trash can and picked up because you pick up everything, or real food that you're actually eating, over your keyboard, making a mess.

We'll have at least one food-related story for you each day from today until Friday, beginning with our guide to gaming's nicest and nastiest foods and an ode to MMO cooking. We'll add each story here as we go, plus some stories from our archives.

Thanks to Drake's Cakes for sponsoring Food Week on PC Gamer. Check out the video above for highlights from Webster's appearances at the PC Gaming Show and around E3 2018.

The stories

PC gaming's nicest (and nastiest) virtual foods — Andy catalogs the tastiest-looking, and more revolting videogame food.

The joy of RPG cooking: why games shouldn't abandon the culinary arts — Leif describes his life as an MMO chef, and the personal reasons that inspire him to cook up big meals in virtual worlds.

More to come this week...