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 .
'Fragments of Him' Is Emotionally Resonant, But Also Exhausting | 21 Jun 2016 // 3:29 AM
Several times while I was playing Fragments of Him, I asked myself: why is this a game?
'1979 Revolution: Black Friday' Blurs the Line Between Fact and Fiction | 10 May 2016 // 3:35 AM
I didn't know much about the Iranian revolution, and having played 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, I don't feel anymore informed on the matter.
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.
'The Walking Dead: Michonne' Confronts the Issues of Surviving Grief and Trauma | 17 Mar 2016 // 3:23 AM
Grief and trauma always seems a side venture to The Walking Dead's plots, never the central focus. Michonne seems to want to put these concerns front and center.
'Superhot': It Is Super. It is Hot. //15.Mar.16
Game of Thrones: Episode 6, "The Ice Dragon" //15.Dec.15
Sorcery!: Episode 3 //24.Aug.15
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Is Today //28.Jul.15
Ends Should Not Concern Us in 'Hand of Fate' //13.Jul.15
Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out of Time //5.May.15
Dreamfall Chapters, Book Two: Rebels //21.Apr.15
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock //27.Mar.15
Game of Thrones, Episode 2: The Lost Lords //9.Mar.15
Life Is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis //24.Feb.15
Dreamfall Chapters, Book One: Reborn //13.Feb.15
Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Iron From Ice //26.Jan.15
Tales from the Borderlands, Episode 1: Zer0 Sum //12.Jan.15
'Unrest': An RPG of a Different Sort //9.Dec.14
A Golden Wake //1.Dec.14
Travel the Steampunk Way in '80 Days' //17.Nov.14
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 5 //29.Oct.14
Gods Will Be Watching //24.Oct.14
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 4 //26.Aug.14
The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4 & 5 //28.Jul.14
Murdered: Soul Suspect //18.Jul.14
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure //14.Jul.14
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 3 //5.Jun.14
1954: Alcatraz //4.Jun.14
The Blackwell Epiphany //19.May.14
Moebius: Empire Rising //30.Apr.14
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 //27.Apr.14
The String Arcade //16.Apr.14
The Room Two //13.Apr.14
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 2 //31.Mar.14
Shadowrun: Dragonfall //20.Mar.14
The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 1 & 2 //20.Feb.14
Broken Age: Act 1 //7.Feb.14
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 1 //23.Jan.14
'Redshirt': Cynics in Space //20.Jan.14
'The Novelist': Gaming Work and Family //16.Jan.14
The Shivah: Kosher Edition //18.Dec.13
Steve Jackson's Sorcery!: Episode 2 //13.Dec.13
'Knock Knock' Is Creepy //10.Dec.13
Lilly Looking Through //21.Nov.13
The Stanley Parable //19.Nov.13
Beyond: Two Souls //15.Nov.13
'Rain': An Ephemeral Fable //6.Nov.13
Cognition -- Episode 4 -- The Cain Killer //13.Oct.13
The Inquisitor: The Plague //6.Oct.13
'Europa Universalis IV': Playing with the World //24.Sep.13
'Divekick' Celebrates the Minimalism of Fighting //13.Sep.13
Face Noir //29.Aug.13
The Night of the Rabbit //15.Aug.13
Hotline Miami (PS3) //4.Aug.13
The Walking Dead: 400 Days //23.Jul.13
Scurvy Scallywags //12.Jul.13
'Combo Crew' Is Yet Another Brawler //9.Jul.13
Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!: Episode 1 //25.Jun.13
Cognition -- Episode 3 -- The Oracle //16.Jun.13
Thomas Was Alone //5.May.13
The Showdown Effect //2.May.13
Cognition -- Episode 2 -- The Wise Monkey //5.Mar.13
A New Beginning: Final Cut //3.Mar.13
Cognition -- Episode 1 -- The Hangman //27.Jan.13
Need For Speed: Most Wanted //24.Jan.13
'Primordia': What Happened to the Humans? //9.Dec.12
'The Unfinished Swan' Is Not Your Story //27.Nov.12
'Borderlands 2': A Game, Not a World //11.Nov.12
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception //27.Mar.12
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.
How Artificial Intelligence Views Humans in 'The Fall' | 8 Sep 2015 // 3:20 AM
We are faulty, we must be appeased, we are destructive, and ultimately we are self-destructive.
Attempting to Characterize Artificial Intelligence in 'The Fall' | 11 Aug 2015 // 3:09 AM
We want our machines to be more human. As creators, we try to make robots in our image.
One More Episode: A Second Look at 'The Detail' | 14 Jul 2015 // 2:48 AM
Despite its seeming interest in them, the social realities presented at the conclusion of each episode of The Detail aren't integrated into the game's narrative and aren't a part of the game's world.