What did you play last week?

The mayor of Snaktooth Island
(Image credit: Young Horses)

Rachel Watts played Bugsnax, the game of body horror and strawberry elbows. It turns out that behind that catchy theme song lurks a world whose characters are far too excited about eating sentient snack food that will then transform them into Cronenberg nightmares with hot dog hands and boiled egg noses.

Christopher Livingston played Car Trader Simulator, which has more sex and death than you'd think. It's a car salesman sim, basically a spreadsheet game, but one that can involve getting frisky in the back of a car stolen from a mob boss, taking out real shady loans, and inevitably getting whacked. What japes.

Joe Donnelly played GTA Online, roleplaying a fight club boss. When that went south he decided to start a new gang—one that was less violent, and less likely to land him in jail. Which is how he and some other players invented the Friendly Boys, a band of shirtless lads who really enjoy wholesome singalongs.

Rich Stanton has been playing Call of Duty: Cold War's dirty bomb mode, which throws up to 40 players together in an absolute shemozzle. Fireteams parachute in to compete over uranium, which they fill the aforementioned dirty bombs with in a race to make the first one go boom. It sounds like total chaos, in both good ways and bad.

Jeremy Peel also played Black Ops - Cold War, exploring East Berlin in the campaign. It's a fascinating bit of history and recreating some of it elevates the usual CoD nonsense, adding illicit German rock music and Stasi informants and, of course, a trip under the Berlin Wall in a tunnel.

Enough about us. What about you? Have you been parkouring up a cyberpunk skyscraper in Ghostrunner, staring at pretty colors and picking up loot in Godfall, or fighting alternate America across the hexgrid of Möbius Front '83? Let us know!

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.