Moving Pixels

August 2011

‘League of Legends’ Is “Just a Game”

For all the articles discussing what the relationship between player and game is or how a title uses a certain trope, there are few essays about “just games.” If there’s a modern instance of “just a game,” it’s League of Legends.


Xbox LIVE Indie Game Round Up—Part 2

Three more great games that justify the occasional browsing and buying spree of Xbox indie games.


In Defense of Spoiler Warnings

I think Jonathan Leavitt and Nicholas Christenfeld's contention that "Story Spoilers Don't Spoil Stories" is premature. If anything, the study illustrates the difficulties of trying to empirically measure enjoyment and the dangers of imprecise definitions of pleasure.


The Five Games That Actually Should Be on the Nintendo 3DS

What 3-D is good for is salaciousness and action, some things that the crop of 3-D games launched with the 3DS are largely bereft of.


Moving Pixels Podcast: Misogyny, Misandry, and ‘Catherine’

Settle in for an evening with Moving Pixels as we explore the dark themes and curious gameplay of Atlus's biggest release to date, Catherine.


Pixel Hunting Is Fun in ‘L.A. Noire’

L.A. Noire is concerned with story first and foremost, and this focus on story trickles down to every mechanic and system in the game, including its own unique approach to pixel hunting.


Sheep Men: Choice and Individuality in ‘Catherine’

From the depiction of cursed men as sheep to revealing confessional statistics, Catherine attempts to dismantle individuality, insulting and devaluing the player in the process.


Rage Quit Chapter 18 - Love? Love is for the living.

And so it ends. The final chapter of Rick Dakan's serialized video game novel, Rage Quit.


Sorry, But Our Princess Wants to Be in Another Castle

I’ve saved more than my fair share of “princesses in another castle” since 1985, but I didn't really see Chloe coming.


Even Winning Feels Bad: Agency in ‘The Stanley Parable’

The Stanley Parable demonstrates that the Author isn't dead at all.


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Playing to Lose: The Tragedy of 'This Is the Police'

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"Video gamers are not accustomed to playing to lose.

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