Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.


Learning to Breathe

It’s a strange and frustrating experience, trying to teach someone to play a game. You think about movements that have long become unconscious, a bit like trying to describe the exact mechanics of breathing.


Addicted to Death: More Thoughts on Gaming and Masochism

Maybe I'm addicted to critique, to learning through failure, or maybe I'm just addicted to the simple, clear reminder that video games give me sometimes: “Pay more attention, stupid!”


Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Getting Schooled by the Tutorial

Read a book, watch a movie, look at a painting, most artistic mediums assume you already know how to understand them. This week we discuss how games always have something to teach us as players.


Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: The Value of Death in Video Games

Death can have value in video games. It sets boundaries, serves to punish us and to teach us, and it might even be a source of pleasure.


How Video Games Engage the Imagination Muscle

Video games need to play more with incompleteness and ambiguity.


Worshiping at the Altar of 'Smite'

At some point, League of Legends champions have become for me toys that are just displayed on a shelf, gathering dust, having never been played with. Smite asks me to tear open the packaging and actually get down on the floor to appreciate all the toys I have again.

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