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.
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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.
This week we return to a discussion we had several years ago while picking our personal favorites for the top five arcade games of all time.
In doing so, we look back to the arcade and the various spaces that game cabinets existed to occupy our time and extract our quarters. What is the place of the arcade machine in the history of a gamer culture, a culture that has largely moved towards home consoles rather than remained gaming in public spaces?
Prism (or more specifically, _Prism, note the underscore, in case you want to search for it on Google or on the App Store) is an iOS puzzle game that’s pretty dang good, but the most impressive thing about it is its art. The simple idea of geometric shapes floating in space is used to convey a strong sense of progression, culminating in a truly clever climax that’s also an anti-climax. The game gets to have its cake and eat it too. It’s subversive and expected, climactic and anti-climactic, a clever trick and a thoughtful lesson.
My weapon was buffed, balls of energy were swirling around my head, and all my rings were in order. I was ready. My goal: to kill the host of embers in Anor Lando. I was invading in Dark Souls III.
While searching for my victim, I was joined by another ally, an Aldrich Faithful. We bowed and continued on toward the area just outside of the bonfire, where an open courtyard acts as the chosen battleground for PVP duels. There we found the host and their gold-tinged guardian, another player coming to their aid.