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 .
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Is Today | 28 Jul 2015 // 3:26 AM
Some of Dead Synchronicity's attempts at “ripping away the veneer of civility to show man's true nature” are downright comical.
Ends Should Not Concern Us in 'Hand of Fate' | 13 Jul 2015 // 3:30 AM
It is the journey that makes Hand of Fate interesting, the play of the game that matters.
Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out of Time | 5 May 2015 // 4:02 AM
Life Is Strange is a frustrating little game. I hope it gets over its terrible twos.
Game of Thrones, Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness | 4 May 2015 // 2:05 AM
The Sword in the Darkness continues the thread of mischief management associated with the Game of Thrones and does so with real panache.
Dreamfall Chapters, Book Two: Rebels | 21 Apr 2015 // 2:00 AM
Dreamfall Chapters is about power and its abuse.
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
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.
Gaming in the Analog World | 7 Jul 2015 // 3:00 AM
A handshake is more substantial than typing "gg" at the end of a game.
Challenge and Abstract Narrative in Adventure Games | 12 May 2015 // 3:00 AM
Should adventure games sacrifice story and devote themselves to challenge?
Adventure Games As Theater and 'the Charnel House Trilogy' | 5 May 2015 // 7:00 AM
The Charnel House Trilogy casts the player as an actor in a performance where the script is uncovered as performed. In doing so, it's throwing off an older design paradigm and creating a better work for it.