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Those on the journey -- from initial mourning to grieving (finite or long-term) -- must have a guide.
30 Nov 2017
Video games are one of the few mediums that regularly asks their audience to experience death alongside its protagonists.
30 Aug 2017
Madonnaland is not the end-cap of Simone's existential musings; it's an intense jewel in the already sparkly crown of a consistently perceptive critic.
23 Mar 2016
To presume to review works of this level is farcical; we can only be overjoyed by their continued existence.
15 Jan 2015
Within contains thoughts on the entirety of Afropunk Fest and photos from Day 2, including Big Freedia and Vintage Trouble.
30 Aug 2013
Amid a hail of gunfire, the player-character crumples to the ground, defeated, that is, before a loading screen pops to revive her. At least, that's how most action games represent death. In Tomb Raider, I've seen Lara Croft stabbed through the neck, had her head split open on a coral reef, seen her torn apart by wolves.
19 Mar 2013
In video games, dying becomes useful, functional, pedagogical. In some games, it is consequential. However, such pain ironically can magnify the pleasure of play.
25 Oct 2011
The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.
25 May 2011
The archetypes of a vast array creative geniuses, including David Lynch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stan Rogers, come together to tell everyone’s story in the superlative Daytripper, which sets a new standard for comic book masterpieces along the lines of Watchmen or A Contract with God.
22 Sep 2010
According to Julian Barnes, the fear of death is "the most rational thing in the world." But denying the certainty of death also can be a rational act, at least until that time when it is not.
16 Dec 2009
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