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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

Monday, March 9 2015

Game of Thrones, Episode 2: The Lost Lords

Game of Thrones is giving us something different in the adventure game genre. We are finally engaging with intrigue.


Tuesday, February 24 2015

Life Is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

Max wants to make friends, survive high school, and impress her famous photography teacher to jump start her art career, the kinds of human and relatable stories not often seen in video games.


Friday, February 13 2015

Dreamfall Chapters, Book One: Reborn

Players of the Dreamfall Chapters may find that more than a little research is necessary to enjoy the game's finer points.


Friday, February 6 2015

'Satellina': Is a Quintessential Example of Mobile Gaming

While it's definitely a bit more difficult than I was expecting, the difficulty of Satellina is fair when the game is behaving itself.


Monday, January 26 2015

Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Iron From Ice

In Telltale's version of Game of Thrones, you play the parts of people who themselves are playing parts. Each one is not playing the game of thrones, they are pieces in the games of others.


A Golden Wake [1.Dec.14]
1954: Alcatraz [4.Jun.14]
The String Arcade [16.Apr.14]
The Room Two [13.Apr.14]
Beyond: Two Souls [15.Nov.13]
Face Noir [29.Aug.13]
Scurvy Scallywags [12.Jul.13]
Thomas Was Alone [5.May.13]

Blogs

Tuesday, March 24 2015

The Visual Games of IndieCade East 2015

Visuals tend to get a bad rap in video games. However, there are plenty of games in which the visuals are in part the point of the game.


Tuesday, March 17 2015

The Offbeat Games of IndieCade East 2015

Indiecast East 2015 offers players a chance to build IKEA furniture, become a chameleon, and to examine their unconscious assumptions.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

The Narrative Games of IndieCade East 2015

A few indie developers got to show off their works in progress to me at IndieCade East 2015, including Knee Deep, Liege, and Moonshot


Tuesday, February 10 2015

'The Banner Saga' Presents a Living World Through a Lore That Is Actually Lived

The Banner Saga is interested in expressing the character of the world itself through its game related lore.


Tuesday, February 3 2015

'80 Days' and the Limits of Fiction

80 Days reminds the player that not all worlds are truly open, and that limitations are necessary for there to be true enjoyment.


Five of the Best Mobile Games of 2014 (Moving Pixels) [10.Dec.14]
My Downward Spiral with 'Watch Dogs' (Moving Pixels) [8.Oct.14]
'Quest for Infamy': A Second Opinion (Moving Pixels) [29.Jul.14]
The Size and Wisdom of 'Myst' (Moving Pixels) [12.Jun.14]
The Games of IndieCade: Part 3 (Moving Pixels) [11.Mar.14]
The Games of IndieCade: Part 2 (Moving Pixels) [5.Mar.14]
The Games of IndieCade: Part 1 (Moving Pixels) [26.Feb.14]
At Play at IndieCade East (Moving Pixels) [19.Feb.14]
'9.03m': A First Person Walker Critique (Moving Pixels) [5.Feb.14]
The Denouement of "Dead Man's Switch" (Moving Pixels) [28.Jan.14]
A Change of Pace in Episodic Gaming (Moving Pixels) [21.Jan.14]
Baiting the Hook (Moving Pixels) [12.Dec.13]
'Memoria': Stories and Truth (Moving Pixels) [26.Nov.13]
'Silent Hill 2': A Test of Age (Moving Pixels) [8.Oct.13]
Syria's Endgame in 'Endgame: Syria' (Moving Pixels) [24.Sep.13]
This Is the Story of a Crusader King (Moving Pixels) [10.Sep.13]
'Gemini Rue': A Matter of Memory (Moving Pixels) [19.Aug.13]
An Exercise in Extinction (Moving Pixels) [6.Aug.13]
Porpentine of the Twine (Moving Pixels) [8.Jul.13]
The Many Forks in the Road of Twine (Moving Pixels) [11.Jun.13]
A Look Down the Interactive Fiction Road (Moving Pixels) [7.May.13]
PAX East: A Primer, Part the Last (Moving Pixels) [29.Apr.13]
PAX East: A Primer, Part the Second (Moving Pixels) [23.Apr.13]
PAX East: A Primer, Part the First (Moving Pixels) [15.Apr.13]
'Proteus' and the Simple Act of Being (Moving Pixels) [18.Mar.13]
'The Plan' and Expressionism (Moving Pixels) [26.Feb.13]
'Deponia' Is No 'Monkey Island' (Moving Pixels) [4.Feb.13]
A Commentary on 'Primordia' (Moving Pixels) [18.Dec.12]
When 'Mark of the Ninja' Clicks (Moving Pixels) [10.Dec.12]
The Unfinished Artist (Moving Pixels) [26.Nov.12]
Discovering the Familiar in 'Journey' (Moving Pixels) [5.Nov.12]
The Haunting of 'Dear Esther' (Moving Pixels) [9.Oct.12]
Drake's Greed and Fortune (Moving Pixels) [11.Sep.12]
'Among Thieves': Honor or No Honor? (Moving Pixels) [4.Sep.12]
What is the Deception and Who is Drake? (Moving Pixels) [27.Aug.12]
'Driver: San Francisco' and 'Drive' (Moving Pixels) [6.Feb.12]
'Desert Bus': The Cultural Event/Game (Moving Pixels) [6.Dec.11]
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