Moving Pixels

June 2012

‘Natural Selection’ Evolved

In 2002, Charlie Cleveland created Natural Selection, a Half-Life mod that combined the first-person shooter genre with a top-down real-time strategy game. Its sequel ventures into a market that has changed a great deal since its predecessor first built a group of core players.


E3 2012: Notes from Day 1

Our Moving Pixels crew explores day one at the famed E3, checking out a host of new independent games, as well as some new PlayStation and Xbox titles. Even more of the flavor of day one is available in the podcast for the event.


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.


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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

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"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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