We follow that disembodied tutorial voice without ever asking why. And even when we don't, when we insist on attempting to ignore those prompts, we find that ultimately we are chained to the elements necessary to drive the plot of Bioshock Infinite (or any game) forward.
I don’t know if there is a more complex, divisive part of fan culture than cosplay. The fact that it is an artform that trades on the use of people’s bodies’ means that it’s treading into murky political waters by its very definition.
From whether we can stand a huge helping of Disney Princess behavior to considering what lurks behind that doorway to the infinite, the Moving Pixels podcast explores the infinite possibilities of Bioshock Infinite.
Booker gets the narrative short shrift compared to the city, and as a result, the game’s final moments suffer.
Tiny design choices in all games help build readable, compelling, and realistic worlds and systems. For designers who care, it’s the small stuff that makes all the difference.
This is a gamer’s convention. Even waiting in line, we will game.
In part, the wasteland of The Waste Land is high culture. It’s the sprawling tradition of genius texts that have been shredded and strewn about by an increasingly shallow popular culture. T.S. Eliot would have hated video games.
Bioshock Infinite should actually be more violent, or at the very least, its violence should be treated with more gravitas. Either way, there shouldn’t be less violence, but there should be less combat.
The new Tomb Raider chronicles the birth of a survivor, but it's a story that is easier to see than it is to feel.
What is unique, perhaps, about Scarlet Blade is its extreme consciousness of the medium and how it exploits the medium to create what may be a new kind of pornographic experience. And it does so by acknowledging the player's role in the game as a player, not a mere voyeur.