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Aaron Poppleton

Aaron Poppleton is currently calling himself a freelance writer because it sounds better than what his paying job is.  He holds an MA from Aberystwyth University in Postmodern Fictions and will one day hold a PhD once he figures out how to pay for it.  He is stalkable via Twitter @forddent, if you really want to see him talk about sandwiches and swear a lot.


Reviews

Tuesday, September 11 2012

A Virus Named TOM

Hang on. Let me just play one more level, and I'll be right with you...


Tuesday, August 21 2012

Hard Reset

I have no knees and I must crouch.


Thursday, May 17 2012

The Walking Dead: Episode One

Another game with zombies in it displays a surprisingly satisfying conversation system.


Thursday, April 19 2012

MLB 12: The Show

The best baseball game that you can get returns for another assignment.


Tuesday, February 28 2012

'Shank 2' Is More Or Less a Retread

In which some multiplayer is tossed on and we call it a day.


Blogs

Monday, September 19 2011

Giving Death Weight: Hardcore Mode in 'Diablo II'

The threat of permanent demise adds a certain zest to the proceedings, which gives the game legs that it would not have otherwise.


Monday, August 15 2011

Even Winning Feels Bad: Agency in 'The Stanley Parable'

The Stanley Parable demonstrates that the Author isn't dead at all.


Tuesday, July 5 2011

Control Yourself (More): Agency in 'Dragon Age'

What's more freeing -- exploring a world or creating a character?


Monday, June 20 2011

Control Yourself: Agency and Narrative in Open World Games

One world's too open, and one world is not open enough. Is there a middle ground, and if there is, should we even use it?


Sunday, June 5 2011

Press X to Read the Article: Tutorials and Beginning Games

The beginning of a game has to convince the player that it's worth playing, draw the player into the game's world, explain the game's mechanics, and do it all in a way that's not so slow and plodding that players give up before even getting to the meat of the game.


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