Eric Swain
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Eric Swain is a self-educated game critic. One day he had the crazy idea that video games could be put under the microscope with the same amount of respect and thought that books and movies are only to discover he was not the first person to think of this. He set out to learn all he could and hopefully add to the growing field of game criticism. He has no idea how far he's come or if he's moved forward much at all. He graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English. You can read more of his work at http://www.thegamecritique.com .

Reviews // 74 Articles
Blogs // 90 Articles
//Reviews

The Walking Dead: Michonne's Second Part Is All About Momentum | 20 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The real success of "Give No Shelter" is the episode's length, resulting in an episode moved along by pure momentum.

'Shardlight' Offers a Different Take on the Apocalypse | 7 Apr 2016 // 3:09 AM

In Shardlight survival as not an all encompassing good, but an activity that must be accomplished alongside other equally important aspects of life.

//Blogs

Storytelling Engines: The Story Arc Has Ended and Yet the Game Keeps Going | 13 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

Adventurers come and go in some video games, meaning that sometimes the only narrative element that remains consistent in such games is the boss.

Mind of the Machine: AlphaGo and Artificial Intelligence | 31 Mar 2016 // 3:31 AM

I see the great gaps between actual thinking and what AlphaGo is doing much more clearly having watched it play.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

// Moving Pixels

"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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