Ryan Smith is a writer/journalist who recently moved back to Illinois after living in Missouri and Los Angeles for the past decade. A Land of Lincoln (Springfield, IL) native, Ryan won several local and state journalism awards in his five years as a news reporter in central Missouri. His freelance work has appeared in publications such as Relevant Magazine, Vox, and Escape. Ryan has penned multimedia reviews and features for PopMatters since 2005.
The Mask of Normality | 9 Apr 2009 // 4:59 PM
What do you do when you discover a colleague is a killer? Cultural depictions of serial killers help us avoid confronting what we can't abide: that murderers might be as ordinary as the rest of us
Beyond the Core Gamer: An Interview with Wideload Games' Alex Seropian | 2 Jul 2008 // 5:59 PM
"There's huge potential for the market to grow, and the only way we're going to get there is if there are games available that address an audience beyond the core gamer."
The Banality of a Wanna Be Robin Hood | 15 Apr 2008 // 6:00 PM
As I walked into the payday loan company's office I wondered, Did any of the union welders on the Death Star walk out once they realized what "Project DS" stood for?
The Real Surreal World | 27 Jan 2008 // 3:58 PM
Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?
Can 'Naughty Bear' Kill the Cult of Cute? | 29 Jul 2010 // 5:00 PM
"Cute" is calculated and engineered to stir us to coo on sight and buy a product. As someone cynical about manufactured cuteness, I was looking forward to playing Naughty Bear.
'Blur' Is Like a 'Mario Kart' for Grown Ups | 8 Jul 2010 // 5:00 PM
It’s really the online multiplayer that kicks Blur into an extra gear.