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1:24 PM on 10.18.2014

How about..."abridged versions" for games?

One of the biggest tragedies of our modern human condition is that, often times, we wish to play a video game that we know we would enjoy, but we don't have the free time to really sink our teeth into it like w...   read

2:54 PM on 05.25.2014

Transistor and San Francisco Gentrification

This is not a definitive "what does Transistor mean?" post where I painstakingly layout a theory and prove it using every obscure detail in the game. This is more of a..."this is what Transistor reminded me of as I played it....   read

6:13 PM on 01.12.2013

Ludo-Narrative Harmony in "The Walking Dead"

Ohhhh I am so proud of myself for that title. It just sounds so damn smart and academic doesn't it? Anyway, I motherfucking loved The Walking Dead. And it wasn't just because of the amazing writing or voice acting or overall...   read

1:53 PM on 02.21.2012

Endings: "Braid" and what it meant to me

Braid. The human condition. Citizen Kane. Is it art, or is it Art? Or is it ART? What does it all mean? Will it cure cancer? Yeah, fuck all that high-brow crap. Today, I wanted to share what Braid's ending meant to me in sim...   read

4:01 PM on 02.10.2012

Retro Love: The Quake 2 Soundtrack

If I were to list my two biggest passions in life, it would probably be music and video games. When I was wee lad in my teens, my tastes in video games were developing along side my tastes in music, and looking back it's pret...   read

10:10 AM on 02.07.2012

Confessions of a Former Pirate

Forgive me internet, for I have sinned. I used to pirate almost all my games. There isn't much in this post but an honest confession, an expression of guilt, and a sincere apology to an industry that I love. What are my excu...   read

2:54 PM on 01.25.2012

Important Elements of Demon's Souls' Design..sssss'''''

I just wanted to share a few observations about the design of Demon's Souls. It's not a game for everyone for sure. Some people just like brutal challenge more than others - nothing right or wrong or better or worse, it's jus...   read

7:34 PM on 12.24.2011

My top games of 2011

Not necessarily all games that came out in 2011, just the ones that I played the past year and would like to share with ya'll fine folks! To the Moon - This game turned me into a pathetic, weeping little baby. It's a compl...   read

1:42 AM on 12.19.2011

We have we have "forms"?

You hear a lot about various video game "genres," such as FPS, RTS, action, adventure, action-adventure-FPS-MMO. But we don't hear much discussion about video game "forms". Now, I'm no film major, so I may be misusing some te...   read

2:05 PM on 12.18.2011

Indie PSA: Zen Puzzle Garden

If you enjoy simple puzzle mechanics that lead to very challenging logic puzzles, then check out Zen Puzzle Garden: The basic mechanics are extremely simple, but you'll be surprised at how m...   read

11:35 AM on 11.25.2011

Storytelling in games? Stop worrying and just give me a good story.

Internet people sure spend a lot of time and words talking about how to tell a story in games. They write articles like this, trying to figure out what developer...   read

12:56 AM on 11.21.2011

Indie PSA: You gotta check out "Sequence"

OK this indie game is really good, innovative, and only $6 so I just wanted to give it some love. Here, check it out: I really wish it had a demo, because I think if you played it for...   read

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