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by G. Christopher Williams

27 May 2015

Speed is the  pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

I read an interview with John Carmack, the creator of Doom, some time ago in which he was asked what was the most important element of the success of Doom, the game that essentially soldered down the centrality of the first person shooter to American video gaming culture. His response was simple: speed.

What Romero said that what he set out to do with Doom was to create the fastest gameplay experience that he possibly could, and anyone who has played the game should easily understand this explanation. The player’s role in Doom is to essentially play as a roving gun platform, a really, really fast roving gun platform, that simply massacres monsters en masse and as fast as possible.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2015

Icona Pop's music  probably won't earn them a Mensa membership, but they know how to create an infectious pop tune.

“Emergency” is a bouncy number that’s headed for clubs and the summer music charts. The electroswing touches are pretty sweet too.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2015

UK producers Disclosure  have a new track to share with "Holding On", but we still don't know when their next full-length will drop.

“Holding On” features house beats and jazz singer Gregory Porter getting his funk on.

by Ian King

26 May 2015

The newest Between  the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

“Folding corners into perfect shapes / Went forlorn in a vapor of Elysian escapes”

That’s how these lines to “She Takes Me” read in the liner notes of lowercase’s Kill the Lights, at least. Coming out of the singer’s mouth, that second bit resembles something more like “when forlorn pings make hell each escape.” Not a full minute into the album, and already results diverge from intent. It won’t be the last discrepancy between the lyric sheet and the words that are actually sung—that is, if they even come out as words at all.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2015

Richard Thompson's latest  album Still releases June 23rd via Fantasy Records and today he drops his latest single from the effort, "All Buttoned Up".

Still was recorded over a nine-day period in Chicago with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy producing.

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"Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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