Monthly Archives: January 2015

Kissing and Tugging in Middle Earth

In Shadow of Mordor you take control of Powerful Manfoot, a stealthy stabman. In the much-lambasted tutorial of the game, you sneak up on your wife and give her a big smooch as your tutorial to a system that will be used … Continue reading

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On Spiral Wings

I’m sort of shocked by how wonderful Spiral Wings is from the perspective of a tight storytelling experience. It is very Dark Souls in its approach to the world–there’s something fantastic here, something pseudomedieval, something strange–a figure lies dead at the bottom of a … Continue reading

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On Jim’s Grim Story

The blurb for Jim’s Grim Story tells it all: Jim’s Grim Story is a topdown psychological pet collection game by Daedalus Games. The player controls Jim, a misunderstood child in Abbey, a small town just south of the big city. Jim feels … Continue reading

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On Amazon Echo

A few weeks ago I unboxed my Amazon Echo and learned that I had to say “Alexa” in order to ask it to do things for me. It sits there on my counter, silent, until I say her name and … Continue reading

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Zoya Street on Virtual Pets

In contrast, a virtual pet such as a tamagotchi requires emotional labour of a sort. The skill required has nothing to do with your physical ability to manipulate the keys of the device, but rather is concerned with your ability … Continue reading

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Lack of Access to Water Decimated the Mayans

The major city of Chichen Itza, along the coast of the peninsula, thrived for about a century after 1000AD, almost certainly taking in Mayans who arrived from the arid south to build a revised iteration of Mayan culture in the … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: Stephen King Writes Like Tolkien

I’m reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time since I was a child and I’m writing blog posts about the book when I feel like it. I’m most of the way through LotR now and what keeps blowing my mind … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Farting Mudokon

I have a lot of love in my heart for the Oddworld universe, and a lot of love in particular with Abe. After all, he was the chosen one who freed the scrabs and the paramites and, finally, the mudokons while running … Continue reading

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