Monthly Archives: October 2012

I Can’t Stop Buying Things: Amazon and Borderlands 2

I was at my friends’ apartment watching the Eagles scrape out an undeserved victory when I tried to pre-order Borderlands 2. It was too close to the game’s release though. Even with my Amazon Prime membership I would have to … Continue reading

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Dishonored, Kickstarter, and the Nostalgia Delusion

I’m tempted to think this is all Tim Schafer’s fault. At the beginning of 2012, “indie” meant the same thing that it did with Kyle’s article in April, just after the release of FEZ: 8-to-16-bit platformers with a twist. At … Continue reading

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Heroes at the End of the World: Living in the Final Days of City of Heroes

The announcement was a shock. City of Heroes was to close its doors. Just a few hours before, the team from developer Paragon Studios had been posting new screenshots of the upcoming Tech Knight costume set. They didn’t see this … Continue reading

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La Mulana and The Archaeology of Design

The remake of La Mulana has finally been released, and it is good – probably the optimal way to experience this impressive game. Consider that the review portion of this article, and go buy it: now let’s jump into why … Continue reading

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Requiem for Linnaeus: On The Taxonomy of “Game”

  Editor’s Note: Carl Linnaeus was an 18th Century scientist who is considered the father of modern taxonomy, the classification of organisms. One of the issues in the modern critical community for video games that mystifies me the most is … Continue reading

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All in Good Time: A Review of Xenoblade Chronicles

How long does it take to tell a good story? In person? Maybe 5 minutes. In film? About 2 hours. A book? Let’s say 5-10 hours. Video games? No less than 50 hours. This means you could watch every major … Continue reading

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Batman vs. Batman: Nolan and Rocksteady’s Dark Knights

Note: the following article contains spoilers for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and the Arkham series of games from Rocksteady. “Pretty good movie, but Arkham City’s Batman is the better Batman.” This took me by surprise. Did they mean … Continue reading

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Xbox Live DRM Does Not Understand the Modern Family

I’ve got two TVs in our living room. This isn’t for ramshackle picture in picture–I don’t even have cable–it’s because I am part of a modern family. My partner and I both play video games. We also like to play … Continue reading

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Fair-Weather Friends: Animal Crossing and Digital Responsibilities

I reappeared in Western again after another extended time away—73 months, or a smidge clear of six years, according to the grumpy squirrel next door who hardly recognized me—to find the town had grown in on itself. Beds of weeds and an army of … Continue reading

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