Friday, November 20 2015
These three 2015 early releases are maligned and misunderstood -- and worthy of reconsideration.
Wednesday, October 7 2015
The Moon Sliver is a jigsaw puzzle constructed from jigsaw puzzles.
Thursday, August 20 2015
The arcade snatched video games from the rarefied spaces of industry and academia, making playing video games into a truly populist pastime.
Monday, July 27 2015
Bloodborne is not about the horror of knowledge, but the horror of unfettered knowledge.
Friday, June 12 2015
Assassin's Creed 3 is an enormous, beautifully rendered sandbox game designed to kick sand in your face.
Wednesday, June 3 2015
The Longest Journey isn’t just dated because it has obtuse puzzles and blocky graphics. It’s dated because it tells a serious story that it doesn't know how to take seriously.
Monday, May 11 2015
The scarcity of the Black Widow action figure on toy shelves has me thinking about what we think we know about gender identity in play, be that play with toys or play in video games.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
Shadow of the Colossus begins as a game about a hero rescuing a princess, but by the end, there are no heroes and there are no princesses.
Tuesday, March 17 2015
Valiant Hearts challenges the barbaric connotations of the appellation “the dogs of war” by making a dog, the only creature blind to the “essential” identity markers of nationalism and language, the hero.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Assassin's Creed: Unity highlights the difficulty of influencing social change from the shadows.
Thursday, January 22 2015
The dream of creating photorealistic video games seems odd to me when considering the medium itself, especially in contrast to other artistic mediums.
Friday, January 16 2015
My Muppet Show is the Orpheus myth. You just have to swap out Orpheus for me; Eurydice for a frog; a lyre for a cartoon banjo; and Hades for the iTunes store.
Tuesday, December 2 2014
When knowledge falls outside of that which is found on the Internet, it falls outside of modern understanding. Thus, games like these, which fall outside of the norm, become intensely compelling.
Thursday, October 30 2014
Here are a few little games to put you in the spirit of the spooky season. How you will come out of the other side is up to you.
Monday, October 13 2014
The trend in alternate reality gaming fits a traditional definition of hyperreality; the condition where fiction and the real become indistinguishably blended together.
Wednesday, September 24 2014
Watch Dog's protagonist is a cliché that never grows beyond cliché.
Tuesday, September 9 2014
P.T. has the digital world bleeding out into the real, hands flailing in search of something to hold onto so it can pull itself out of the game and into your living room.
Thursday, August 14 2014
Despite putting on display both the virtues and vices of man, Dark Souls does not make a judgment call about humanity, but rather leaves that up to the player.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
Black Flag isn’t interested in breaking the world into two opposing ideologies. It’s interested in how those ideologies sell themselves to a broken world.