Funland, an all-digital gaming journal impressed by publications like Electronic Gaming Monthly, Nintendo Power, and Famitsu, is out now on Itch.io and it’s completely beautiful. According to its website, the journal “will blend elements of olde with coverage that better reflects our modern tone, scope and politics. In short: A queer GamePro.”
“I didn’t want Funland to just be an exercise in nostalgia or revisionist history, but I began to see elements and pieces of the old formula could be subverted into something more exciting,” Kotzer instructed Polygon over Twitter.
The debut difficulty is titled “Living in Cyber Hell,” and it options well-known video games writers and builders like Christine Love (Ladykiller in a Bind, Get In the Car, Loser!) and Spelunky creator Derek Yu. Visually, it’s attractive. The journal is crammed with authentic illustrations that dazzle with a smooth colour scheme of pastel pinks and child blues. The debut difficulty contains previews of video games like Cruelty Squad, My Work is Not Yet Done, and In the Crags.
If it looks like there’s loads to take a look at in Funland, that’s as a result of the format is impressed by Kotzer’s expertise of dozens of gaming advertisements in magazines. As a toddler, he loved trying on the advertisements, even when he couldn’t purchase the product being offered. “I decided there’s no reason the ads I ran had to correlate with anything that exists,” Kotzer stated. So he employed illustrators and cartoonists to create advertisements for made-up video games.