Moving Pixels

February 2015

The Seductive Power of ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’

Oops! I accidentally became a mass murderer, slaver, and a dark lord.

‘Witch Hunt’: The Elegance of Orchestrating Chaos

Recently stumbling onto the tower defense game, Witch Hunt, feels to me like stumbling back into the arcade era.

‘80 Days’ and the Limits of Fiction

80 Days reminds the player that not all worlds are truly open, and that limitations are necessary for there to be true enjoyment.

Moving Pixels Podcast: Investigating ‘Ethan Carter’

This week's podcast attempts to puzzle out the many stories of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

January 2015

Rationing Too Much of a Good Thing in ‘Terra Battle’

Give a person lots of options and picking just one becomes difficult. Remove some options and the choice becomes easier.

The Freedom of ‘inFamous First Light’

Largely due to its small size and independence from the primary game, First Light is simply better than Second Son, even while it owes its existence to it.

I Am Blue

Differentiating yourself from other gamers on the basis of a few primary colors may indicate some powerful symbolic and identificatory impulses.

‘Far Cry 4’ Is an Adventure Game, Not a Shooter

Far Cry 4 looks and plays like a shooter, but it doesn't feel like a shooter. It is really about my quest for collectibles and the chaos that erupts along the way.

The Micro-machinery of ‘Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker’

Mario’s out exploring the galaxy, but Captain Toad is about examining the most minute details.

I Performed an Abortion to Save the World, and All I Got Was This Lousy M Rating

South Park: The Stick of Truth reveals the strange and ambiguous quality of entertainment rating systems.

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//Mixed media

In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

// Moving Pixels

"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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