Moving Pixels

February 2014

Exploration is Undermined in ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’

While playing A Link Between Worlds it becomes very obvious that the quick travel system is supposed to be used to fix other awkwardly implemented systems in the game. So, why should those systems exist in the first place?


Moving Pixels Podcast: ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, Bad Men in a Bad Economy

Is the Grand Theft Auto series still relevant? It is if you're willing to follow it to its conclusions.


More is Less in ‘Montague’s Mount’

Montague’s Mount has no faith in its audience -- and no faith in itself.


The Politics of ‘Netrunner’

As the card pool grows, opportunities for tidbits of political commentary grows. The cards act as interactive political cartoons, artistically and mechanically


‘The Stanley Parable’: Mapping Choice to Spatial Movement

By taking the concept of choice and mapping it onto spatial relativity, The Stanley Parable has created an extended metaphor that comments on the whole concept of choice in video games.


Connectivity Issues: Abstraction, Subjectivity, and “Close-Playing”

The "close-playing" brand of games criticism is a tough sell because it deals mostly with the abstract qualities of games. And that necessitate a subjective reading.


A Love/Hate Relationship with ‘Flappy Bird’

I love Flappy Bird because it isn't easy. I hate Flappy Bird because it isn't easy.


Puzzles Are Scary: The Pleasures of Genocide and ‘Plague Inc.’

Plague Inc. knows that we’ll willingly silence our conscience if we’re given the proper mechanics to do so.


Nintendo and the Wario Approach

Ever the villainous outsider, Wario may be the hero Nintendo needs.


‘9.03m’: A First Person Walker Critique

Point-and-click adventure games tend to be more intellectual affairs, and a minimalist version of one almost seems counter intuitive.


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Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Guster's Summerstage performance was a showcase of their infectious and poppy music from the last 24 years.

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