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by G. Christopher Williams

8 Feb 2016

This week we  return the topic of how love, sex, and relationships are represented in video games.

Heartseeker Ashe and Tryndamere from League of Legends (Riot Games)

Since our podcast has gone from a weekly publication every Monday to a biweekly Monday posting in more recent years, my wife had a brilliant idea. Why not post some of our substantial backlog on our off weeks?

Since Valentine’s Day is just over the horizon, it seemed most appropriate to kick off our first “Best of…” podcast with an episode from way back in 2010 in which we focused our attention on how love, sex, and relationships are represented in video games.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Feb 2016

PJ Harvey is  in peak political form, tackling issues that peek their heads in like conniving magicians ready to steal the world.

Photo: Maria Mochnacz

Maria Schurr: As stellar of a song as this is, it also sounds like the first time that Harvey is repeating herself. It’s like a Let England Shake song with a change in location, married to the warped blues tone that Harvey’s so good at. Then again, Let England Shake was one of this century’s most powerful artistic achievements; even a retooling of it bodes well for the year in music and Harvey’s upcoming The Hope Six Demolition Project in particular. At the same time, it’s gritty enough to be something that will cause those who didn’t like Let England Shake to rave. Ultimately pretty damned satisfying. [8/10]

by Jessy Krupa

5 Feb 2016

In another stand-alone  episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

Among fans, most talk about this week’s episode of Supernatural has revolved around the rumor/wish that it was set up or a test pilot for a “Wayward Daughters” spin-off series, in which Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and her two live-in wards/adopted daughters became hunters who save people and hunt things together. Considering the CW’s love of female-oriented teen dramas, it wasn’t too far-fetched of a possibility. But while some seeds were sown in that direction tonight, the conclusion mostly deflated that theory.

We open on a familiar teen trope: a young couple (Ty Wood and Angela Palmer) alone in a car on a moonlit night. But before you think you know what’s coming next, Claire (Kathryn Newton) interrupts them by holding a blade to the guy’s throat and accuses him of being a monster. He isn’t, however, and herein lies her problem.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Feb 2016

Ah, this makes  me miss the Scissor Sisters and want to go shopping while dressed to the nines.

Steve Horowitz: Smooth—the title “Honey” is a good one for this tasty track. Of course it is honey being poured over a naked lover; so sweet, so sticky. The skin so….  yeah, you know. Sometimes a kiss is just not enough. The passions run hotter. Real life is messier than this, but a little imagination can make real life better. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

5 Feb 2016

A$AP Rocky  is undeniably talented and has a number of rewind-worthy tracks, but this one’s a decent candidate for the dustbin.

Timothy Gabriele: I’m guessing Pharrell’s major contribution is the beat, which is unspectacular, but this is a lyrical exercise anyway, a talent showcase. I usually don’t fall hard for these types of tracks unless the backing track is also pulling its weight. It can do so in a minimalist way (The Roots’ “Web” springs to mind), but I need something other than “Hey, this guy’s got a good flow.” A$AP Rocky is undeniably talented and has a number of rewind-worthy tracks, but this one’s a decent candidate for the dustbin. [4/10]

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Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Love Stories in Video Games

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"This week we return the topic of how love, sex, and relationships are represented in video games.

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