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by Erik Kersting

15 Jul 2015


The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Warner Bros. Interactive, 2011)

Sex is a natural part of life, and, thus, it is a natural part of art.

In fact the earliest works of art, like the Venus of Willendorf are sexual in nature. So it really should not be a surprise to anyone, from Jack Thompson to Hillary Clinton, that sex would find its way into a video game. While some video games that contain overt sexuality are lewd in nature, like Leisure Suit Larry, not every game with explicit sexual content is like this. The Mass Effect series, The Witcher series, and the Knights of the Old Republic series all consist of narrative based games that feature sex to varying degrees, but in these games, the sexual content is only one part of a much larger game.

by Eric Swain

14 Jul 2015


Last week on the Moving Pixels podcast, I said that I would check out the second episode of The Detail. While I wasn’t wild about the first episode, the game had peaked enough of my interest to warrant peeking in a second time to see whether or not it sorted itself out in the second episode. It was trying to hold itself up to a rather high standard, even if it didn’t seem like it quite had the chops behind it to reach that standard. Still, I would love to see The Detail even make some small strides towards that lofty goal.

Well, since recording the podcast, I have given the second episode, “From the Ashes”, its due. In its wake, I find myself feeling much the same as I did at the end of the first episode. I’m not wild about it, but I am willing to give it one more episode to see if it manages to become something better than it presently is and something closer to what it actually wants to be.

by Nick Dinicola

10 Jul 2015


I like mobile games. There, I said it.

I play a lot of games on my iPhone, some of which I’ve paid for and some of which are free because they feature ads. I actually don’t mind the ads, and this seems to put me in a very small minority. At least, it seems like what feels like a very small minority based on the vitriol that I see and that I hear online whenever “ads” of any kind are mentioned. I don’t get the general hate (I can stand to look up from my phone for 30 seconds and acknowledge the world around me before going back to ignoring it). Though, as with all things, there are both pleasant experiences online along with nuisances. Skiing Yeti Mountain is one of the former, a free iOS game supported by ads that actually made me smile when it tried to sell me stuff.

by Scott Juster

9 Jul 2015


Batman: Arkham Knight is a game about identity crises. Who is the Arkham Knight (and how did he become obsessed with Batman)? Can Jim Gordon reconcile his devotion to his family with his obligation to uphold the law? What really separates Batman and the Joker? Will the Riddler ever realize how annoying he truly is? If the inflated number of Riddler challenges in Arkham Knight are any indication, he is either totally oblivious or sadistically aware of how much of a pest he is.

by G. Christopher Williams

8 Jul 2015


Once the German mothers had submitted to the plea for overbreeding, it was inevitable that imperialistic Germany should make war. Once the battalions of unwanted babies came into existence—babies whom the mothers did not want but which they bore as a “patriotic duty”—it was too late to avoid international conflict. The great crime of imperialistic Germany was its high birth rate. It has always been so. Behind all war has been the pressure of population.
—Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race (1920)

The title of Massive Chalice is quite literal. There is, indeed, a massive chalice in the game.

Perhaps there is a sexual metaphor at play in the game’s title. After all, one of the central components of the game is sex and reproduction.

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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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