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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

Tuesday, August 26 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 4

With episode 4 of its second season, I feel as if the well is running dry on Telltale's ability to wring new meaning out of The Walking Dead franchise.


Monday, July 28 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4 & 5

Noir isn't about deduction or reasoning. It's about shaking the trees and seeing what falls out. That's what these episodes are about.


Friday, July 18 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Salem is the perfect setting for the game's slightly unreal premise as even the name of the town evokes such slightly otherworldly possibilities.


Monday, July 14 2014

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

Tesla Effect is B-grade fun that unfortunately soon turns into B-grade nonsense.


Thursday, June 5 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 3

This season of The Walking Dead is not satisfied with establishing a status quo, nor with simply playing to expectations. It doesn't care how we think things should go. It isn't that kind of world anymore.


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

Wednesday, October 15 2014

'Spec Ops: The Line' Denies the Player the Pleasure of Play

Spec Ops: The Line isn't a criticism of mediocre shooters, but of the romanticism that has so often gone hand-in-hand with the modern shooter genre.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

My Downward Spiral with 'Watch Dogs'

Watch Dogs hates me. What is wrong with this game? In a single word: everything.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

'Quest for Infamy': A Second Opinion

Quest for Infamy attempts not just to ape the adventure games of old but to attempt a kind of storytelling that was not quite possible in an earlier era of game development thanks to the limits of technology.


Wednesday, July 16 2014

Values and the Meaning of Moral Behavior in Video Games

The questions asked by the behavior in a game are limited in comparison to those asked by choices. They are always about violence.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Choice and Consequence in 'Papers, Please'

Papers, Please is a game where actions do have consequences, but most of it relies on the emotional state and investment of the player.


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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