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October 2011

Living for the Short Term Grind

League of Legends contains all of the basic elements of role playing, combat with foes both great and small, developing a character's skill sets on your own terms, and generating enough loot to make yourself a god, just served up really, really, really quickly.


The Moving Pixels Podcast on ‘CivWorld’ and Social Gaming

The Moving Pixels Podcast crew considers what happens when you mix a hardcore franchise with the social gaming experience. It may not be pretty.


September 2011

Recaps Made Easy in ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’

Human Revolution has the best story recaps of any game so far, proving that even video games can find a use for archaic technologies . . . like text.


No Glory for Gears

In Gears 3, the series’s iconic gritty brown-grey aesthetic finally couples with narrative and gameplay to actually tell a truly melancholy and sobering war story.


Paying to Own, Paying to Compete: Monetizing the Social Game

No one wants to buy the win. They want to own the world. Oh, and preferably a much better world than their neighbor's.


The ‘Ruins’ at the ‘End of the World’: Atmospheric Ambience and Dream Space

Ruins exudes a sense not just of a mystical dream setting but also a private one.


Moving Pixels Podcast: The Role of Cheating in Video Games

There's nothing that makes a game easier than cheating. But is it still fun?


Scary Transmedia Synergy Within the ‘Gears of War’ Universe

Perhaps in this age of serialized television, franchise-driven films, and transmedia everything, the very idea of a stand-alone product is antiquated.


Hitting Close to Home: Relating to Catherine’s “Family Values”

What's worse than enduring Catherine's selfish, unlikeable characters? The fact that I found myself relating to them.


Could You Carry Our Stuff? Oh, and Maybe the Plot, Too, While You’re at It

Dead Island's Jin bears not only the weight of the supplies of the protagonists, but also the weight of the game's plot.


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