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by G. Christopher Williams

10 Sep 2012

Pac-Mods by
Jonah Nigro

When is a game a clone and when is it simply an example of a genre?  In some sense, this is the question that begins our discussion of that ubiquitous example of the medium: the game clone.

From Torchlight to Saints Row and beyond, some games seem like a deliberate aping of intellectual properties that have gone before.  What makes a clone a clone?  And why do we sometimes really feel a kinship to clones despite their cloying adherence to a formula created by someone else?

by G. Christopher Williams

20 Aug 2012


Almost 10 years after its release, gamers are still talking about X-Com.  This week, so are we.

The formula is simple, a turn-based strategy game mixed with an economic simulation.  And yet, is there any other game that is quite like X-Com

That is the question that we begin our discussion with.

by G. Christopher Williams

13 Aug 2012

Space Invaders by
Chris Molotov

Wolfenstein and Doom made them essential, but the shooter has been with us almost since the advent of the video game.  Space Invaders, Contra, light gun games, the variations on how we can murder pixels on a screen seems nearly limitless.

Thia week the Moving Pixels podcast focuses on our obsession with this form of the video game and asks why we love this particular virtual activity so very dearly.

by G. Christopher Williams

6 Aug 2012


Despite games often being thought of as a mental exercpoise, they certainly have a physical component too.  We aren’t talking about how games test your reflexes, though. Instead, what we are interested in is how games simulate physical experiences and how those experiences add to our immersion in game worlds and heighten the drama in video game storytelling.

by G. Christopher Williams

16 Jul 2012


The second episode of The Walking Dead, “Starved for Help”, has finally arrived, and we could hardly wait to sink our teeth into more of the innovations that Telltale has brought to the adventure genre.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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