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by Kym Buchanan

19 May 2016


Superman Returns (Electronic Arts, 2006)

I have high expectations for games and for those of us who create, play, and study them. By “games” I’m referring to video games, board games, tabletop role-playing games, and more. Games have vast potential worth, including escapism, catharsis, learning, self-discovery, and fostering relationships with other players in and beyond games. Perhaps games’ most important potential worth is in scaffolding the growth of gamers’ creativity. Because of that scaffolding, I believe the eventual indirect impact of games on human achievement can’t be overstated.

First, allow me to share a quick primer on some relevant psychology. Many psychologists have studied creativity extensively. This includes Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, who pioneered the idea of flow, a state of concentration to optimize experiences and activities, and helped define positive psychology, a relatively-recent movement. Rather than only focus on diagnosing and treating dysfunction, positive psychology asserts that we can and should apply our understanding of the mind to help people improve their wellness and reach their full potential.

by G. Christopher Williams

18 May 2016


One Finger Death Punch (Silver Dollar Games, 2013)

I don’t know if Silver Games know that they are punk. But they sure seem to be, even if they don’t know it.

Some people confuse punk with a style of dress, assuming that punk is largely a matter of a particular form of loud, obnoxious, and ugly self presentation and a particular style of music that is equally loud, obnoxious, and ugly.

by G. Christopher Williams

16 May 2016


This week we delve into the smartly written, character-driven story of Oxenfree, an early 2016 adventure game release. From high school drama to ghostly hauntings, we peel back the layers of this simple, but elegantly designed indie release.

This week we are also pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of Eric Swain the full catalog of Moving Pixels podcasts is once again available at (in addition, of course, to our normal availability over at SoundCloud).

by Nick Dinicola

13 May 2016


Oxenfree is a Young Adult story about a girl named Alex, a group of her friends, and the supernatural entities they get involved with on a mysterious island. Like most mysterious islands, this one is an attractive hang out spot for teens looking to escape from their normal lives for a night, and what begins as a night of unsupervised drinking becomes something much more sinister and dangerous.

by G. Christopher Williams

11 May 2016


This discussion contains spoilers for Hardcore Henry.

It may sound like quibbling, but describing the film Hardcore Henry as being like a First person shooter seems less accurate to me then describing it as a first person on rails shooter. The first person shooter is obviously the major influence on the style of the film. However, because of the nature of cinema, it ends up resembling an experience more akin to playing an on rails shooter. This distinction seems useful to me because I think that the latter observation about the film speaks to its thematic concerns more clearly than the former observation.

It is true that shooting a film from a first person perspective creates a kind of intimacy (and, perhaps sense of complicity) with the world and characters of a film that is similar to the intimacy and sense of complicity that seems similar to playing an FPS.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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