Moving Pixels Podcast: Death & The Video Game Player

Death happens in games. A lot.

Well, or at least it used to. This episode of the Moving Pixels Podcast considers the changing face of death in video games as well as what kinds of roles death serves in games.

Is death about punishment, pleasure, pedagogy, or is it merely an immersion breaking illusion? We play around with a number of possibilities.


This podcast is also available via iTunes.


Additional discussion of death in video games:

Perfecting Loss in N+ by L.B. Jeffries

Pac-Man Will Die: Cynicism and Retro Game “Endings” by G. Christopher Williams

Sierra Vs. Lucasarts by L.B. Jeffries

Hippolyta: A Study in Simplicity by G. Christopher Williams

Dreaming in Limbo by Nick Dinicola

Brutalizing Children in Limbo by G. Christopher Williams


Our podcast contributors:

G. Christopher Williams is the Multimedia Editor at You can find his weekly updates featured at the Neuromance blog.

Nick Dinicola is also a regular contributor to the Moving Pixels blog.

Thomas Cross contributes frequently to the Multimedia section at, and he also pens the Diamond in the Rough column for GameSetWatch.