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Moving Pixels

September 2014

Living Folklore in ‘Year Walk’

Year Walk tells a story that comes alive in its telling, that grows up around the player, out of its display box, and into a forest.


Less Is Much, Much More: Making Do in ‘Dead Rising 3’

Time and efficiency are most often the factor that creates tension in a zombie story, which is about when you will be overwhelmed and then if you have enough time to prepare to do something about it. So where is the source of tension in Dead Rising 3?


Moving Pixels Podcast: Transitioning to ‘Transistor’

We discuss Supergiant Games's follow up to what many critics felt was the best game of 2011, considering if Transistor measures up to the legacy of Bastion.


‘MIND: Path to Thalamus’ Hates What Makes it Great

MIND is a clever, beautiful, well designed game that sadly seems to hate itself for being clever, beautiful, and well designed.


The Bleak Moral Landscape of ‘Pikmin 3’

Don’t let the cute characters fool you. Pikmin 3 is horrifying.


The Artist’s Medium Is the Rules: The Games of Edmund McMillen

Ironically, the rules of McMillen's games are about creating situations in which players are confronted with their own foolish tendencies to follow the rules without thinking about them.


August 2014

The Roar of a ‘League of Legends’ Crowd

The atmosphere of any live sporting event is a unique slice of that sport’s spectator culture. Where does eSports, and specifically League of Legends, fit in?


Losing to Win: ‘Spec Ops’ and Tragedy in Video Games

The idea of a video game character that suffers a general decline seems counter to the way in which games are designed. Who wants to get less capable as a character as they progress?


The Platformer as Typography Teacher

You’re not just interacting with a particular font, but everything that contributed to the history of that font as well.


On the Frontier’s Edge with ‘Titanfall’

Riding into the great unknown in the belly of a metal beast. This beast also has a machine gun.


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