Ryan Smith is a writer/journalist who recently moved back to Illinois after living in Missouri and Los Angeles for the past decade. A Land of Lincoln (Springfield, IL) native, Ryan won several local and state journalism awards in his five years as a news reporter in central Missouri. His freelance work has appeared in publications such as Relevant Magazine, Vox, and Escape. Ryan has penned multimedia reviews and features for PopMatters since 2005.
Friday, April 10 2009
What do you do when you discover a colleague is a killer? Cultural depictions of serial killers help us avoid confronting what we can't abide: that murderers might be as ordinary as the rest of us
Thursday, July 3 2008
"There's huge potential for the market to grow, and the only way we're going to get there is if there are games available that address an audience beyond the core gamer."
Thursday, November 15 2007
"I don't think Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan or any of those guys took it lightly when they became who they were. It was because they were obsessed about something, probably a little crazy and I think I do the same thing."
Wednesday, October 31 2007
I felt at times like a kid at an amusement park on a rainy, drizzly day where the weather scares most people off, so the lines for the roller coasters are practically nonexistent.
Friday, July 27 2007
"The games got too complex and violent. The complexity lost the casual gamer, and the violence lost the women."
Wednesday, April 16 2008
As I walked into the payday loan company's office I wondered, Did any of the union welders on the Death Star walk out once they realized what "Project DS" stood for?
Monday, January 28 2008
Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?
Monday, January 7 2008
A walk on the down and out side, sans music soundtrack and poetic interpretation.
Monday, October 8 2007
If only I could love Ms. Pacman the way I want to love Ms. Pacman.
Wednesday, August 15 2007
In a battle to claim The Simpson's for its own, Fox network's favorite family teetered dangerously close to stealing the heart and soul of Springfield, Illinois, away from the man who saved the Union.
Friday, July 30 2010
"Cute" is calculated and engineered to stir us to coo on sight and buy a product. As someone cynical about manufactured cuteness, I was looking forward to playing Naughty Bear.
Friday, July 9 2010
It’s really the online multiplayer that kicks Blur into an extra gear.
Friday, March 5 2010
Blame Mass Effect 2 for the debate that gamers and journalists find themselves suddenly engaged in. The topic: what exactly is a role-playing game?
Friday, December 18 2009
Mario hasn't changed or grown up after all these years. This somehow feels both relevant and refreshing.
Monday, October 19 2009
I couldn't help but notice that one puzzle in which you must fit four different shaped blocks in four identically shaped holes in order to open a door was eerily similar to a Fisher-Price puzzle that I once solved at age four.
Tuesday, December 16 2008
Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC) - Activision [$59.99]
Sunday, December 14 2008
Left 4 Dead (PC, Xbox 360) - $59.99
Monday, December 8 2008
Far Cry 2 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC [$59.99]
Wednesday, October 29 2008
Ryan Smith takes a look at the sudden onset of political ads in video games.