NOTE: The Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club has no affiliation with Giant Bomb or any of its corporate parents or siblings. This is a community run effort being done just for fun.
Welcome to the Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club. This post is to give you an idea of what this is, give an opportunity for suggestions, discussion, and other feedback, and help us select our next games to play as a group. It is structured as an FAQ and will be edited to include answers to additional questions as they crop up. If you think any information is missing or unclear please comment below and appropriate edits can be made.
WHAT IS THE UNSANCTIONED UNOFFICIAL GAME PASS GAME CLUB?
The Game Club is a community effort to get more out of our Game Pass subscription by choosing a game for all of us to play simultaneously and discuss over a set period of time. It is intended to be inclusive and low commitment, just a fun way to play games and have fun with other duders (or duderetters or non-binary duderinos). It’s not very structured or formal. The main guidelines are to be cool to each other and keep things fun and lighthearted. You can see the thread where this was set up right here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We select a game as a community through consensus or voting and then post a discussion thread for that game with a suggested completion date. Up until that date we ask that there be no spoilers (story or mechanical) posted in the discussion thread until the target date, at which point the discussion will open up for spoilers. Our goal is for the majority of the discussion to take place after the completion date but if people want to talk in a non-spoilery way about the game before that they are free to do that, to let people participate on their own schedule. Similarly if you just have to post your spoilery opinion before then you can do so if you use the appropriate spoiler tags offered by the forum software. We do ask that you come back after the completion date to participate in the full discussion and read others’ impressions but obviously that is ultimately up to you.
WHAT KINDS OF GAMES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE UNSANCTIONED UNOFFICIAL GAME PASS GAME CLUB?
Anything on Microsoft’s Game Pass service is technically eligible, but there are several criteria that we are trying to stick to. The first is that the games be of manageable length and difficulty so everyone can complete them in the allotted time. The second is that the games be available on as many Game Pass supported platforms as possible so everyone can participate regardless of what hardware they have access to. There is also a focus on games that are newer to the service so that fewer people will have already played them, but that is less of an important criterion than the first two. Ultimately the games selected will be up to the people who want to participate.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO COMPLETE A GAME?
Our goal is to ask people to spend about 2 hours a week to play games and to focus on games that are around 5 or fewer hours in length, giving people about two weeks to complete a given game. If we decide to tackle a longer game we may give a longer period for people to complete it. Once each game is chosen a target completion date will also be selected and will be listed in that game’s discussion thread.
HOW DO I JOIN THE UNSANCTIONED UNOFFICIAL GAME PASS GAME CLUB?
There is no membership roll. You just comment on the thread if you feel like it. You can join us for whichever games you like and drop in and out at will. As long as you follow the loose guidelines set forth here you are welcome and valued.
I DON’T HAVE GAME PASS BUT I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME CLUB.
As long as you have access to a given game your input is welcomed and valued. It doesn’t matter if you play the game on some other platform, the only reason we are using Game Pass is because it is a way to make selections that many people can access without spending additional money beyond the subscriptions they already have. If you already own a game or feel like buying it to participate…great. Welcome aboard!
HOW DO I SUGGEST FUTURE GAMES FOR THE GAME CLUB?
Just post in this very thread. We do want to focus on games that are recently added to the service but if there’s an older game you think would be a great selection we are open to that. If there are games that have been announced for the service but not yet released feel free to suggest them and we can do them after they are added. If you suggest a long game it will likely not be considered for reasons discussed above. However if there is overwhelming participant desire to do a longer game then we’ll do it.
I HAVE QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVEN’T ANSWERED
Please feel free to ask them below!
Thank you for your interest in the Unsanctioned Unofficial Game Pass Game Club. Whether you choose to participate for just one game or as long as this thing goes we appreciate and value your participation and feedback. You’re an awesome duder/duderette/duderino and we all hope you have a beautiful day!
LIST OF GAMES SELECTED
Gorogoa (completion date January 17, 2022)
The Pedestrian (completion date January 31, 2022)
Record of Lodoss War - Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (completion date February 14, 2022)
Superliminal (completion date February 28, 2022)
Infernax (Completion date March 14, 2022)
Signs of the Sojourner (Completion date April 11, 2022)
Raji: An Ancient Epic (Completion date May 2, 2022)
Exo One (Completion date May 16, 2022)
Trek to Yomi (Completion date May 30, 2022)
The Procession to Cavalry (Completion date June 13, 2022)
Citizen Sleeper (Completion date June 27, 2022)
Bugsnax (Completion date July 11, 2022)
Unpacking (Completion date July 25, 2022)
Escape Academy (Completion date August 8, 2022)
Telling Lies (Completion date August 22, 2022)
As Dusk Falls (Completion date September 5, 2022)
Midnight Fight Express (Completion date September 19, 2022)
TMNT: Shredder's Revenge (Completion date October 3, 2022)
Paradise Killer (Completion date October 17, 2022)
Scorn (Completion date October 31, 2022)
Inside (Completion date November 14, 2022)
Metal Hellsinger (Completion date November 28, 2022)
Norco (Completion Date December 12, 2022)
Pentiment (Completion Date December 26, 2022)
Signalis (Completion Date January 16, 2023)
Tinykin (Completion Date January 30, 2023)