Moving Pixels

September 2016

The Moving Pixels Podcast Explores Act IV of ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

This week we discuss the slow winding journey of The Mucky Mammoth down the Echo River in the penultimate act of cult hit Kentucky Route Zero.

The Vast Indifference of ‘No Man’s Sky’

No Man's Sky only feels lonely because the universe doesn't revolve around us.

‘No Man’s Sky’ Argues for Design

While the central goal of No Man's Sky seems antithetical to the teleological argument for the existence of God, ironically it also seems to drive players towards the very thought that seems to motivate that argument.

How Games Represent Learning: Repetition and Reward

The highest levels of successful learning can only be achieved through relentless practice at the edge of a learners' current abilities to succeed on their own.

Heroism Is No Excuse for Ignorance ‘J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars’

J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars expects its protagonist to act like an adult.

How Games Represent Learning: Simulation

It's not only interesting how games simulate learning, but also how playing games may influence our beliefs about learning.

August 2016

Anticipation and Expectation in Game Marketing: The Art of “Anti-Hype”

Watch the trailer for No Man's Sky and then for Frostpunk. There is a clear difference in the kind of expectations each creates in its audience.

The Vast Loneliness of ‘No Man’s Sky’

You cannot escape yourself in No Man's Sky. There is little to do but analyze the self.

Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Further Explorations of the Zero

We continue our discussion of the early episodes of Kentucky Route Zero by focusing on its third act.

The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over ‘Door Kickers’

Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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