A variety of ramblings on a variety of subjects
19 Dec 2013 // Reviews
Let's wrap this year up
So, 2013 comes to a close. I hope you had a good year. I sure did. I thought about doing some “year in review” thing, but I got lazy, so I figured I’d just write about what I think is the best game of 2013. And by that I mean the game I played in 2013 that left the largest impact on me, and not which game released in 2013 is the best. Every media outlet and their dog does that, so if you’re looking for that, just go to Polygon or Kotaku. I’m betting that Grand Theft Auto V will top most charts.» Read more / comment...
05 Dec 2013 // Meta
Four is death, and a milestone
Exactly four months today, I published my first article! Hurray, clap clap, I’m so proud of myself. How about some introspection then?» Read more / comment...
28 Nov 2013 // On the subject of
On the subject of virtual violence
So, there are a bunch of discussions that come up once in a while about how violence in video games might be bad because it might turn people into killers by “training” them. If you want my opinion, that’s a load of radioactive bullshit. But that’s not what I want to talk about here, because I’m really sick of all those scare mongering jerkwads bringing the issue up over and over again despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.
Anyway. I want to talk about the use of violence as a literary device, in the context of interactive media. That’s right, good use of violence can make your game a better one! But not always.» Read more / comment...
26 Oct 2013 // On the subject of
On the subject of interactive stories
I’ve been playing a bit of The Stanley Parable recently, and it gave me pause for thought. Then I played Gone Home, and it added to my thoughts. So let’s talk about interactive stories.» Read more / comment...
12 Oct 2013 // On the subject of
On the subject of skin thickness
So, something weird happened recently in the gaming world. There was this Xbox One event at Eurogamer Expo 2013, where a transgender woman might have been “humiliated” by a comedian. Turns out it’s more complicated than that, and in the end everyone got out of there with a formal apology and looks like the case is closed.
But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the reaction some people had to this story.» Read more / comment...