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By addressing real world themes too cautiously, Advanced Warfare wastes an opportunity and subverts one of the few positive narrative trends established in the Call of Duty franchise as a whole.
20 Nov 2014
Last year there were nearly three-quarters of a million unemployed veterans in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor. And it’s likely going to get worse as the military continues to downsize.
19 Nov 2014
Agarest illustrates just how much fun it is to be the scrappy underdog in games without actually being the scrappy underdog. It’s striking how often games suggest that the power of the victim’s moral high ground is equitable to that of the conquistador’s rifle.
12 Nov 2013
Spec-Ops: The Line has been critically lauded as a game that takes a hard, self-aware look at the shooter genre. But all good shooters are self-aware. It's how they're able to distill conflict into something fun that matters.
14 Jan 2013
It’s interesting that the AC-130 makes a return in Modern Warfare 3, and it's impressive that it’s not just a repeat of what’s come before.
02 Feb 2012
There are three semi-recent games that I feel deserve special mention for their creative use of the normally bland main menu.
10 Mar 2011
With a focus on combat and bloodshed, many games find themselves telling stories about human struggle of the most calamitous kind. This week the Moving Pixels podcast discusses war stories told in video games.
28 Mar 2010
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