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The Beauty of Team Fortress 2

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Raphael Sfeir’s “Other Side”

Other Side starts with two beings floating away from the player character, and after they’ve ascended, the player walks until she finds a set of stones. The stones light up, deliver tones, but very little else. The player wanders until she … Continue reading

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Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, and deliberate action

A few days ago Cara Ellison wrote a wonderful piece about Tomb Raider and the difference between the earlier and later games in the series. My experience with Tomb Raider as a kid was limited to buying it in a bargain bin and having … Continue reading

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On Alastor and Ifrit

1. A while back Oscar Strik wrote an article titled “An Ode To Objects” where he explained that the most wonderful items in games are ones that are clearly part of the game world itself. Essentially, if you can “plug … Continue reading

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On Timesplitters

This article was voted on and supported by my Patreon page. Timesplitters 2 was the most significant game of my teenage gameplaying years. It is comprised of several micronarratives taking place throughout human history, and the core of the game involves the … Continue reading

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You Buy It I Write It: Karateka (2012)

This was written as part of my longform project where I play anything someone purchases for me. You can read more about that here. Videogames have strange relationships with time. There’s the time-to-complete, which is a measurement of how long … Continue reading

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On Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – The Animus

This essay is in a longform series of posts about the Assassin’s Creed series. It is supported by my Patreon page. 1. The Assassin’s Creed series up to Revelations all follow a pattern of nested interfaces: you are a player controlling Desmond Miles who is strapped … Continue reading

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