Jorge Albor is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic background includes international politics and social impact games. In addition to his work on PopMatters, he writes and creates podcasts about video games at http://www.experiencepoints.net/.
Warp | 12 Apr 2012 // 4:00 PM
Warp reconstructs the science-experiment-gone-wrong story into a mind-bending puzzler that revels in destructive play.
'The Darkness II' Is Easily the Most Wordy Shooter on the Market | 23 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM
Like its predecessor, flaws mar The Darkness II’s otherwise impressive and interesting potential.
Professor Layton and the Last Specter | 5 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM
Although the weakest entry in the franchise, The Last Specter still transports players to a charming, self-consistent, and beautiful world that exists as an ode to riddles.
Crimson Alliance | 21 Nov 2011 // 3:00 PM
Crimson Alliance delivers so many genre platitudes that it begins to feel like a poorly delivered joke.
Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012: Ascend into Darkness | 4 Oct 2011 // 4:00 PM
Both 2012 and its recent Ascend into Darkness DLC improve on their predecessor’s first attempt at porting Magic to the console market, providing a satisfying taste of the card game’s rich delight and leaving a deep hunger for the real thing.
'Bloodborne' and Learning to Improve | 21 May 2015 // 2:08 AM
Let me put this in no uncertain terms: Bloodborne is for everyone.
Storytelling and 'Never Alone' | 7 May 2015 // 2:00 AM
Never Alone lacks the confidence to tell its story in the language of the game.
'Bloodborne' and Firewalking: Play As Social Ritual | 23 Apr 2015 // 1:00 AM
Playing Bloodborne is like willingly partaking in a rite of passage, an individualized ritual imbued with social meaning.
Decision Making in 'Life is Strange' and 'Game of Thrones' | 9 Apr 2015 // 1:00 AM
While the deadly realm of Westeros is a far cry from the calm Pacific Northwest, the two experiences are not as removed as you might think. Both games bend genre expectations and explore their narratives while fully aware of their opportunities.
'Earthbound' As Children's Literature | 26 Mar 2015 // 1:00 AM
Earthbound is a masterpiece meant for children, complete with all the daring, joyful, and deeply unsettling shards of truth this implies. Earthbound might be the best children’s game ever made.