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by G. Christopher Williams

15 Jun 2016


I’ve now played about a dozen games of Dead of Winter, and I think that it is the best purely cooperative board game that I have ever played. The reason that this co-op game plays so well is because I play it so selfishly.

The trouble with co-op board gaming is the group. The group is always smarter than the board.

by G. Christopher Williams

25 May 2016


I first held down B to run in 1986.

The local Safeway store (a grocery chain) near my house featured a new arcade machine that I had never seen before. It was called Super Mario Bros.

by G. Christopher Williams

18 May 2016


One Finger Death Punch (Silver Dollar Games, 2013)

I don’t know if Silver Games know that they are punk. But they sure seem to be, even if they don’t know it.

Some people confuse punk with a style of dress, assuming that punk is largely a matter of a particular form of loud, obnoxious, and ugly self presentation and a particular style of music that is equally loud, obnoxious, and ugly.

by G. Christopher Williams

11 May 2016


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.

by G. Christopher Williams

26 Apr 2016


Jimmy from Hardcore Henry (STX Entertainment, 2016)

About two thirds of the way into Hardcore Henry, Jimmy, one of the main characters in the film, performs the movie’s only musical number, crooning that Sinatra staple “Got You Under My Skin” for both the titular character Henry and to “you”, the audience of the film.

Obviously, the film creates an odd relationship between the audience and the film’s protagonist, Henry, by aping the first person perspective of a first-person-shooter video game. That perspective in video games is in part intended to create the illusion of the player occupying a game world almost directly, since that player is seeing seemingly through the eyes of the character that they are playing.

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