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by Nick Dinicola

29 Jul 2016


Last week I wrote about the story content of Spirits of Xanadu. This week I want to write about its graphics, those terrible graphics that “look like a student project from the early 90s”. That description still holds true, but what’s impressive about this virtual world of simple geometric shapes is how much emotion and style it wrings out of such low fidelity graphics. It might not showcase much detail, but it know how to frame a scene, and in this case, composition is more important than detail.

There are two scenes in particular that I want to call out. Both can kind of be considered spoilers, but one can definitely be considered a spoiler, so I recommend that you play the game first before reading on. It’s only a few hours long and only $10.00 on Steam. With that said…

by Jorge Albor

28 Jul 2016


I’m staring at my local gym leader’s cp 1323 Exeggutor and struggling to understand the popularity of Pokémon Go. It’s been a few weeks since the game came out and I just don’t get. My day job is literally to get this kind of stuff, to understand what makes a trending game interesting to the millions of people who play it, but it’s hard. As someone deeply embedded in the games industry, I’ve never felt more out of touch. Maybe I’m getting old.

Alright, well to be fair, I do understand the basic allure of Pokémon Go. Pokémon is a huge franchise with a lot of nostalgia attached to it. It’s no surprise people familiar with Pikachu and the gang are checking out the app. I also see why the quirky ARG overlay of Pokémon sitting on your coffee table or something is funny in a gimmicky sort of way—hey, look, it’s Koffing in a vape shop. Hell, I can even see why folks rally around the fictional teams of Valor, Mystic, and Instinct. We’re all familiar with group mentality and the sorting hat.

by G. Christopher Williams

27 Jul 2016


I’ve been following my wife and daughters around as they play Pokemon Go for the last three weeks, and it seems pretty clear to me that of the three teams that players can choose from, Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Instinct (yellow), that it is Instinct that largely gets the shaft.

From what I’ve read, red-blue dominance in Pokemon Go seems the norm around the country. I’ve heard that there are pockets of blue-yellow dominance, but around where I live, this seems an unlikely turn of events. Indeed, there are a number of internet memes that suggest that yellow is the team that struggles with membership and gym dominance.

by G. Christopher Williams

25 Jul 2016


Jotun arrived quietly last year, but the game is all about going big, reveling as it does in grandiosity and big, big boss fights.

This week we discuss Jotun‘s presentation of Norse mythology through scale and grandeur.

by Nick Dinicola

22 Jul 2016


Spirits of Xanadu has some terrible graphics. Let’s just get that out of the way first.

From the robots and guns made out of basic 3D shapes to the flat texture-less walls of the ship, the game looks like a student project from the early 90’s. It certainly lacks a lot of visual flair, but I’m telling you about it now because it still manages to do a lot with the very little it has.

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Bad Graphics Are Still Impressive in ‘Spirits of Xanadu’

// Moving Pixels

"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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