Moving Pixels

June 2012

Alan Wake’s Women

The Alan Wake series of video games explores relationships between husbands and wives, not plumbers and princesses.

Moving Pixels Podcast: A Look Back at ‘No One Lives Forever’

The Moving Pixels podcast puts the reputation of No One Lives Forever to the test to see if the cult classic has anything to offer gamers over a decade after its initial release.

‘Max Payne 3’ Proves “Exciting” Doesn’t Have to Mean “Empowering

Max doesn’t fight to gain something; he fights to keep something. He’s always on the defensive.

May 2012

Shootin’ Dudes and the Importance of a Good Plot

The effect that a game's story can have on its mechanics and systems should not be underestimated.

Moving Pixels Podcast: Politics and Pathos in ‘The Witcher 2’

To call the The Witcher 2 ambitious is an understatement, as it is a game that approaches the question of how much control the player has in crafting the story by offering expansive branching paths rarely seen before in games.

‘The Witcher 2’ Does the Exposition Dump Right

All of the plot is laid bare in the final conversation of the game: a climactic Q&A session.

In Support of Supports

The damage dealers may get the accolades, but the true unsung heroes of class-based games are the support champions and their designers.

‘Max Payne 3’: A Shooting Gallery with Teeth

This ugly world of a Sao Paulo ghetto was juxtaposed against a backdrop of a gorgeous tropical Brazil, making each detail worthy of attention despite the incongruity of the squalor amid natural beauty.

Moving Pixels Podcast: Who Do You Not Want to Be?

Video games allow us to take on roles of people that we could never be. What happens when those people are people we would never want to be?

The Evolution of Alan Wake

The character of Alan Wake has evolved in appropriate ways over the series, but what’s more interesting is how the mechanics have evolved with him.

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//Mixed media

"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" Is Cute but Spooky

// Short Ends and Leader

"This flick is a superficial but eye-popping survey for armchair nature tourists.

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