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11:07 PM on 07.01.2014

Please Explain Video Games to Me

Can someone please explain video games to me? Honestly, I'll take whatever you've got. If you can tell me how to define them, how to identify them in the wild, please do. If you can tell me why they're special, why they're so...   read

9:36 PM on 04.22.2014

Nice Guy Gaming: Reinforcing Rape Culture Through Dating Sims

If you've been playing video games released within the past ten or so years, chances are you've by now encountered some manner of dating simulation. Maybe it was as simplistic as seducing a dancer in Grand Theft Auto V, or as...   read

8:09 PM on 04.07.2014

Podcast Playing: Distractions, Gaming, and You

I have a confession to make: I often listen to podcasts while playing video games. It's something of a shameful secret of mine considering my championing of the artistic medium of video games. That said, I know I'm not alone ...   read

5:15 PM on 03.27.2014

Zen and the Art of Dark Souls II

After finishing my first playthrough of Dark Souls II, reflecting on the experience left me with a feeling of awe. Awe not at its improved combat systems, leveling mechanics, or game engine, but rather at its story. Specifica...   read

7:41 PM on 08.20.2013

BigFest for Vita: Big Ideas, Manifest Concerns

I'm a sucker for tycoon games. The Roller Coaster Tycoon series reeled me in at an early age, and while my tastes have expanded to city-builders and 4X strategy titles, I still yearn for the days of five dollar bathroom admis...   read

4:09 PM on 08.12.2013

The Inconvenient Truth About Game Compulsion: A Response to Extra Credits

Before reading this post, please take the time to watch the video in question in its entirety. If you're feeling particularly bored, I would also recommend their previous two videos on the topic as well, though I believe they...   read

4:03 PM on 07.19.2013

Octodad: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Radar

I had originally planned to break this recent blogging hiatus of mine with a characteristically pretentious post on The Last of Us and all its artistic doodads and thingamajigs, but a recent playthrough of a game which had sw...   read

1:35 AM on 05.04.2013

Dragon's Crown: Sorcery and Sexuality

The internet has been abuzz lately following the six character reveals of Vanillaware's upcoming brawler, Dragon's Crown. While its art direction, compliments of lead artist and Vanillaware president George Kamitani, is gorge...   read

11:27 PM on 04.22.2013

BioShock Infinite: A Tale of Two Priorities (Spoiler-Free)

I love BioShock Infinite. When taken as a complete package, It absolutely deserves every word of praise it's received and every perfect score. Yet as I go through my 1999 playthrough, some of its blemishes have begun to show....   read

10:53 PM on 04.05.2013

Racism in Far Cry 3: Who Knew?

I recently had a chance to sit down with with a friend's copy of Far Cry 3 and was excited to give it a go. Save the malaria, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed its predecessor, and with its favorable reviews, I had high e...   read

3:54 AM on 03.10.2013

In Search of True Tolerance: Queer Archetypes in Video Games

By current predictions, from console reveals to new installments in venerated franchises, 2013 is looking to be a momentous year for video games. Outside of these developments from within the industry itself, however, stands ...   read

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