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by G. Christopher Williams

5 Oct 2016


No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; 
Am an attendant lord, one that will do 
To swell a progress, start a scene or two, 
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool, 
Deferential, glad to be of use, 
Politic, cautious, and meticulous; 
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; 
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous— 
Almost, at times, the Fool. 
—T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Profrock”, 1915


The premise of Westworld is made clear pretty early on in its first episode. Westworld is a kind of theme park, whose visitors lay out a big chunk of change to visit. Westworld simulates the Wild, Wild West through the creation of an environment that resembles our conception of 19th century America and a host of robots that appear like the citizens of an Old West town.

by G. Christopher Williams

3 Oct 2016


The forthcoming open world game Mafia III (2K Games, 2016)

The open world game has become a mainstay in contemporary gaming over the past decade and a half. As the beginning of the holiday season for gaming begins this month and continues into November, we know we’ll be seeing plenty of them.

This week then we look back at an episode from several years ago in which G. Christopher Williams, Nick Dinicola, and Mattie Brice discussed the ins and outs of open worlds.

by Nick Dinicola

30 Sep 2016


It’s not quite October, but it’s close enough. So begins another Indie Horror Month!

There’s something wonderfully meta about a game premised on exploring the deep, dark depths of the sea, that can only be found by exploring the deep, dark depths of Steam’s discount dollar game bin. Pricing itself at a measly $1.00, Reveal the Deep willingly burdens itself with low expectations, and then effortlessly swats them away. Save for the weirdly sparse main menu, this is a game that is smartly designed and polished well beyond its price point.

by G. Christopher Williams

28 Sep 2016


An image from one of the "True" Endings of Catherine (Atlus, 2011)

So, I did it. I finally managed to complete the 2010 classic horror game Amnesia (third times a charm, I guess). Knowing, as I did, that the game had multiple endings, though, I did that gamer thing. I reloaded the game’s final sequence two more times to also witness the game’s other two alternate endings.

My first playthrough resulted in what has been dubbed the “good ending”, my second completion was the game’s “neutral ending”, and finally I finished the game up with the “bad ending”. In particular, it was this ending, which fans call the bad ending, that gave me some pause. To me from both a narrative perspective and from a personal perspective, this “bad ending” seemed like the best ending possible. It seemed to me to be the most appropriate ending to the story of the amnesiac Daniel, ending the game with a conclusion that most clearly represented his final self realization and response to regaining his memory. In that ending, Daniel essentially destroys himself, allowing the shadow that has been hunting him throughout the game to catch up to him and kill him.

by G. Christopher Williams

26 Sep 2016


The Lion's Song (Mi'pu'mi Games, 2016)

As is our habit on the podcast, we occasionally like to sample what is going on in the free-to-play gaming.

This week we discuss three games available on Steam, A Date in the Park, Mandagon, and The Lion’s Songs as examples of lowbrow, middle brow, and high brow offerings within the free-to-play market.

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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