Tag Archives: Hotline Miami

“Know The Void Before It Destroys You:” Starseed Pilgrim and Atheism

“I implore you. Know the void before it destroys you.” — Starseed Pilgrim The inspiration and companion piece for this article, “Cut Off” A Dead Space Memoir” by Samantha Allen is a moving and poignant piece, comparing the narration and playthrough … Continue reading

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Contemplating The Mirror: Manhunt Revisited

Memories Rockstar’s Playstation 2 games were the video nasties of my generation. I remember my father reading an article in USA Today about prostitution in Grand Theft: Auto Vice City and telling me that I couldn’t have it. Likewise, the … Continue reading

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Snuff Enough: Hotline Miami, Manhunt, and the Theater of Killing

The question posed in Hotline Miami is rhetorical. “Do you like hurting other people?” Of course you don’t. Or you shouldn’t. But this is a game, and so you do. Killing is often the language of games. It lubricates plots, … Continue reading

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Why Are You Doing This? Hotline Miami and Drive

Hotline Miami is a violent game. It is also an incredibly original game, bearing the mark of Jonatan Söderström’s (AKA “Cactus”) fascinatingly hideous punk sensibilities. This distinction sets Hotline Miami apart enough that people are willing to ask if it … Continue reading

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