Moving Pixels

December 2012

‘Black Ops 2’ and American Fears

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 touches upon themes of America's economic decline, technological dependencies, and the loss of international political capital in the face of a costly empire.

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Giving up on the Dream of American Upward Mobility?

Perhaps, upward mobility is no longer the given that it once was and perhaps Grand Theft Auto's themes need to adapt to better examine that possibility.

The Inelegance of the Video Game Satire

Seven Psychopaths and Drive have what it takes to go on to be cult favourites. They were able to use the conventions of their genre to criticize the fundamental operations of it. I bring up these movies because they’re great at doing what video games have been trying and failing to do, especially recently.

Moving Pixels Podcast: Experiencing ‘XCOM’ Again for the First Time

With Firaxis giving the series a fresh coat of paint and introducing it to a new generation, we felt it imperative to consider the translation of a decades old system to today's next gen consoles.

November 2012

I’m Not a Traveler in ‘Borderlands 2’ (Unless I Want to Be)

I'm storing guns out of sentimentality, not for safekeeping. Why?

The Real World in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’

Call of Duty: Black Ops II shrewdly utilizes the trappings of reality while avoiding the murky quagmire of history.

The Unfinished Artist

Honesty is the only mechanic granted to us by The Unfinished Swan.

Moving Pixels Podcast: Winding Down ‘The Walking Dead’

Nearly at our final destination, our podcasters try to figure out how each of us has arrived over the course of a game that challenges gamers constantly with decisions great and small.

Why I Played ‘Borderlands 2’ By Myself

Groups of two or more tended to play Borderlands 2 as a shooter, while I still wanted to play it as an RPG.

Spatial and Social Realism in ‘Dishonored’

Despite its abundance of magical rats and the ability to see through walls, Dishonored manages to feel surprisingly realistic.

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//Mixed media

Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

// Notes from the Road

"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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