Kris Ligman is an independent media blogger and a current master’s student of critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her blog, Dire Critic, offers a daily assortment of links to articles on video games, animation, film, science and technology. Her favorite color is orange.
Tuesday, October 25 2011
There is not a single original idea in White Knight Chronicles II, and of the stolen ones, few are anything to aspire to.
Monday, August 22 2011
For a story pitched as casting a shadow on the Hawke family line, the actual revelation doesn't really tarnish anyone's reputation.
Sunday, August 7 2011
The puzzle metaphor (as given) may be broken, but it's still useful for displaying the anxieties that Vincent represents on behalf of his target audience.
Thursday, August 4 2011
Bastion is a grandiose science fantasy with a rustic twang steeped in the mythic Old West.
Tuesday, July 26 2011
The "dating" system consists largely of improving scores so that your descendant will inherit better stats. I seem to recall doing something rather similar in Final Fantasy VII, only with chocobo, not human women.
Monday, October 17 2011
Kris ran a tabletop campaign! Let's talk about it.
Monday, October 10 2011
Beset by sculptures of alien invaders and rampaging teenage zombies, IndieCade manages to be a place of community all but forgotten in mainstream electronic gaming.
Monday, September 26 2011
Ruins exudes a sense not just of a mystical dream setting but also a private one.
Tuesday, September 20 2011
The Artist is Present is not much of a game, but it functions brilliantly as a comment on time and patience in media consumption.
Monday, September 12 2011
Is it cheating when the game wants you to seek outside help?