Games

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.

‘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.

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.

The End Is Only the Beginning in Literary Game ‘Saltsea Chronicles’

The End Is Only the Beginning in Literary Game ‘Saltsea Chronicles’

Die Gute Fabrik’s Saltsea Chronicles is a poetic journey through emotional waters that the literary cognoscenti mustn’t ignore.

Nostalgia in Lieu of Substance: ‘A Handheld History’ Plays It Safe

Nostalgia in Lieu of Substance: ‘A Handheld History’ Plays It Safe

Good looks can’t save the book A Handheld History: A Celebration of Portable Gaming from being a trivial account of video game history.

Prepare to Get Slayed and Played by ‘Vampire Survivors’

Prepare to Get Slayed and Played by ‘Vampire Survivors’

Vampire Survivors‘ time-sucking qualities reveal the insidious aspects of the best video games and what players want from them.

The “Roll” of Life in ‘We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie.’

The “Roll” of Life in ‘We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie.’

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie is as accessible as it is attractive. Its bright art style and jubilant music make the gameplay deliriously uplifting.