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by Nick Dinicola

25 Jul 2017


All images: KneeDeepGame.com

Environment, setting, location, world; regardless of the word used to describe it, the place in which a game occurs is hugely important. A game can be defined by its place, like Rapture defines BioShock and like the USG Ishimura defines Dead Space, or a place can drag a game through the mud of boredom, like how the Hinterlands drags down Dragon Age: Inquisition and the dullness of Mordor weighs on Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

A game’s setting usually falls somewhere along this spectrum: The better the setting the more it improves the game, the worse the setting the more it hurts the game. Makes sense. It’s rare that you find an interesting setting that still somehow hurts the game. Knee Deep is that rare, unfortunate game.

by Nick Dinicola

10 Jul 2017


Photos: MidBoss, LLC

Bubblegum. That word keeps popping into my head while playing 2064: Read Only Memories. Bubblegum.

I think it’s because my robot companion has a perfectly round head reminiscent of a bubblegum bubble. Or maybe it’s the upbeat chiptunes that play on every screen, saturating the game with a sweet, uppity, soundtrack. Or maybe it’s because of the colors; I see the game saturated in a dull bubblegum pink, except nothing in the world is really pink like that. I’m remembering an emotion, not an actual color. It’s a bright world, in both color and tone. Everything just looks so inviting and pleasant.

by G. Christopher Williams

10 Jul 2017


This week the Moving Pixels podcast begins a three-part discussion of Knee Deep, a “swamp noir” we all agree has a great setting. However, we can’t agree on much more than that.

by G. Christopher Williams

26 Jun 2017


This week the Moving Pixels podcast continues a five-part discussion of Telltale Games’ Tales from the Borderlands.

So, our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

by Nick Dinicola

22 Jun 2017


Spaceplan begins with a few well-worn sci-fi mysteries. You wake up on a spaceship orbiting an unknown planet, the electronics are down, you don’t know who you are, and you don’t know when it is. It’s a mashup of several types of sci-fi openings.

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