Luis Aguasvivas

Luis Aguasvivas (aguaspoints.bsky.social) is a writer, researcher, and member of the New York Videogame Critics Circle. He covers game studies for PopMatters. Other writings at aguaspoints.com.
Horror Puzzle Video Game ‘The Exit 8’ Is an Inescapable Meme

Horror Puzzle Video Game ‘The Exit 8’ Is an Inescapable Meme

The horror puzzle video game The Exit 8 is peak capitalist art, or if you prefer, content farm. Either way, it’s also an inescapable meme.

Aminder Dhaliwal’s Latest Shows That Our Culture of Work Is a Malice Burning Us Alive

Aminder Dhaliwal’s Latest Shows That Our Culture of Work Is a Malice Burning Us Alive

Aminder Dhaliwal’s A Witch’s Guide to Burning shows the follies of our toxic relationship with overwork and how to break its spell.

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

Nintendo’s failed Virtual Boy followed the tradition of wondrous human inventions made to trick the eyes, like a diorama. “Retro collecting” gamers love it.

1000xResist’s Magnificent Operatic Heterotopia

1000xResist’s Magnificent Operatic Heterotopia

Set in the politically significant year of 2046, sci-fi game 1000xResist evokes Michel van der Aa’s operatic music and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s heterotopia-like films.

Cuban Video Game ‘Saviorless’ Subverts the Revolution’s Narrative

Cuban Video Game ‘Saviorless’ Subverts the Revolution’s Narrative

Cuban video game Saviorless joins Lillian Guerra’s scholarship and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s film The Last Supper in subverting the Cuban Revolution’s narrative.

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Like Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Jordan Mechner’s graphic memoir Replay is a work of introspection that looks to history and tragic synchronicity.

‘Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’ Represents

‘Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’ Represents

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, depicts its setting and characters with care and arguably more seriously than any commercial game produced outside of Iran.

Video Game History Preservation: It’s Not All Fun and Games

Video Game History Preservation: It’s Not All Fun and Games

It’s Not All Fun and Games is straightforward in manner and unconcerned with critical introspection. It’s a practical affair about how games are produced.

Five Sci-fi Video Game Soundtracks for the End of the World

Five Sci-fi Video Game Soundtracks for the End of the World

PopMatters looks to the sonic canvas of five sci-fi video game soundtracks, because every dystopia, no matter how bleak, deserves good music.

‘Bahnsen Knights’ Game Revels in ’80s Pulp Fiction

‘Bahnsen Knights’ Game Revels in ’80s Pulp Fiction

Bahnsen Knights‘ story is an intersection between violent fanaticism and German expressionist philosophy. The clue is in the game’s title.

‘Pedro Páramo’ Is a Masterpiece that Resurrects and Welcomes the Dead

‘Pedro Páramo’ Is a Masterpiece that Resurrects and Welcomes the Dead

In our world, we irrevocably control the dead and their narrative. In Juan Rulfo’s masterpiece Pedro Páramo, however, the dead control their narrative.

The Best Video Games of 2023

The Best Video Games of 2023

PopMatters’ best video games of 2023 are important cultural artifacts. These games also stand out for their artistry, innovation, and accessibility.