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March 2011

Moving Pixels Podcast: You Just Aren’t Looking So Good, Old Video Games

The Moving Pixels podcast wonders how well retro games hold up with rapidly changing platform generations, as well as higher expectations for graphics quality and overall accessibility.

Subverting the Power Fantasy in ‘Bulletstorm’

Bulletstorm offers a surprisingly cynical critique of the typical heroic figure.

Grasping ‘Inside a Star-filled Sky’

Inside a Star-filled Sky illustrates the challenge of making a game that tests a player's reflexes and beliefs.

Rage Quit: Chapter One—A Serialized Novel by Rick Dakan

Rage Quit is a new novel by Rick Dakan, author of the Geek Mafia trilogy from PM Press and a former game designer on City of Heroes. Available exclusively here at PopMatters.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsless Rogue: ‘Dragon Age II’‘s Isabela

If there's one thing I never expected a game to do, it would be to teach self respect.

Moving Pixels Podcast: The Superhero and the Video Game

Originally conceived of as a discussion of the best superhero video games of all time, the Moving Pixels Podcast crew quickly discovered that super powered games have been -- for the most part -- less than super.

3D Games Are for the Audience, Not the Player

3D is a feature best appreciated by an audience watching a game being played -- because the player isn't likely to notice the effect at all.

The Fate of Documentary Games

The burden of documentary storytelling is too confining. In order to successfully create a documentary, game designers must inhibit their own genre from flourishing.

You Had Me at “Invisible Trousers”

What does the twisted geometry of the rooms that James has to traverse have to do with collecting clues to identify the murderer? Not much. However, this is seemingly the point of The Man with the Invisible Trousers.

Things I Was (Happily) Wrong About in ‘Dragon Age II’

Something tells me that despite its flaws, Dragon Age II is going to have real staying power over time, especially among the critical and theoretical blogosphere where already some important dialogue is taking shape.

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