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The Best Metal of 2018

Amidst all the global socio-political unrest and the personal trials of 2018, metal has had a noticeably strong and positive year.

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Where Did All the (Action Figure) Girls Go?

The scarcity of the Black Widow action figure on toy shelves has me thinking about what we think we know about gender identity in play, be that play with toys or play in video games.

Games

Some Worlds Are Best Seen From Outside Your Own Eyes

I don't have a problem if you want to play Grand Theft Auto from a first person perspective. Knock yourself out. But I won't be doing so anytime soon.

Games

To Build a World or to Tell a Story?

Plot just provides us with a win condition, it is not necessary for the act of play. I can enjoy a game without plot, but I can’t enjoy a game without world building because that is a game without rules.

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Jonathan Coulton: Artificial Heart

Four years on from "Still Alive", Artificial Heart sees self-described "internet superstar" Jonathan Coulton at a critical crossroads in his career.

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Defining Our Relationship to the Software: Jonas Kyratzes's 'Alphaland'

In order to play, the player needs the game, and in order to exist as a game, the game needs to be played.

Games

Chell's Digital Birth Certificate

Ultimately, it isn't a significant textual concern whether Chell's mother-daughter relationship with GLaDOS is literal or metaphorical.

Games

Portal 2: Cooperative Testing Initiative

A separate review for Portal 2's co-op? Of course! We here at PopMatters are no slouches, you know.

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“Her Name Is Caroline”: Identifying the Misbehaving Woman in 'Portal 2'

By fulfilling the expected obligations of a 1950s “wife", Caroline sounds as if she might as well be married to Johnson, and after all, given Johnson's alignment with American exceptionalism and what it can achieve through technology, he is the “science” that she has married herself to.

Games

'Portal 2' and the Politics of Stupidity

Which is the dictator worthy of fear, the fool or the genius?

Games

Moving Pixels Podcast: Stepping Back into 'Portal'

Given the imminent release of its sequel, the Moving Pixels podcast crew felt that it was time to take a step back into 2007's Portal.

Games

We Need to Stop Saying That Games Tell Bad Stories

Not because they don't -- but for another reason entirely.

Games

My Ending Is My Canon

My version of a story is bound to be different, but as co-author of my experience, it’s just as relevant as the developer’s version.

Games

An Intimate Moment With the Computer

I cared about GlaDOS only because she was the one directing me. Oh, and then I really cared about her because she wanted to kill me.

Music

Alexander Tucker : Portal

A door to nowhere.

Music

Portal: Outré

The death metal peddled by Australia's Portal is truly friggin' terrifying.

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