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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, December 9 2014

'Unrest': An RPG of a Different Sort

Unrest is The Wire, but set in an ancient, mythical India.


Monday, December 1 2014

A Golden Wake

I kept expecting a villain to pop up or hints of a conspiracy or some outside force that connected all the various vignettes of the story together. In A Golden Wake, there are a bunch of short term goals, but ultimately this is a character-driven narrative.


Monday, November 17 2014

Travel the Steampunk Way in '80 Days'

Whereas Jules Verne's novel consisted of only one trip around the world, 80 Days contains multitudes.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 5

The episodic format is a holdover from a time when it was necessary for Telltale to be able to continue making games and no longer seems like an inherent part of the stories they tell.


Friday, October 24 2014

Gods Will Be Watching

This game wants to be a work about sacrifice and hardship, the greater good, and moral integrity. However, I wish it could have reached the heights it was aiming for.


1954: Alcatraz [3.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, December 16 2014

Considering the Two Seasons of 'The Walking Dead' Video Game

The first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead earned widespread critical praise, mainstream public appreciation, and a bevy of game of the year awards in 2012. Two years later, The Walking Dead Season Two has received a somewhat more muted reception.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

Five of the Best Mobile Games of 2014

Here are five of the best mobile games of this year, games that defy the stereotype of iOS and Android games being no more than simple time wasters.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

'Unrest': A Tug of War Between Player Knowledge and Character Knowledge

In Unrest, you play a number of characters who all have their own desires and stories, but you play as each of them, and this leads the player into conflict with the game and himself.


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.


'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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