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 .

Reviews // 78 Articles
Blogs // 90 Articles

'The Way' Wants to Be the '90s Adventure Game Classic 'Another World' | 21 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Upon finishing The Way, I didn't feel the joy that one does after playing a good game. Instead, I felt a muted sense of nothing.

'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?


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.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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