Category Archives: Video Games

Two Recent Publications Of Mine About Games

I have two newish academic publications that you might want to check out if you’re the kind of person who enjoys academic publications. The first is a piece about speculation and video game play that is published in Science Fiction Film … Continue reading

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On The Yawning Portal at Paste

Tales from the Yawning Portal rides the line between nostalgia and ease of access for new players. I can imagine sitting down with Danni, my Mages & Murderdads cohost, and replaying “The Sunless Citadel” and having as good of a … Continue reading

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Bad Affect as Game Design, Or It Feels Good For Overwatch To Feel Bad

This was originally written as a monthly essay for my Patreon. If you like it, consider chipping in $3 a month. There’s a lot of talk in game design about how to make people feel things. For the Skinner Box … Continue reading

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Postscript on Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

I’m sort of fascinated by Battlegrounds, which is basically Battle Royale: The Video Game but with adults who scream profanity at each other instead of high schoolers. I’ve been playing it…a lot? More than one might think, maybe, and I think the most … Continue reading

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Gombart’s Asset and Material Production in Dishonored 2

Despite only understanding about 50% of what is going on here, I am fascinated with the materials production for Dishonored 2 (as I am with basically any game). I think it’s fascinating that the heavily-evangelized technology of translating photos to textures in … Continue reading

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Bernard De Koven on approaching death

If you want to do something for me or because of me, grieving is not what I need. What I need is for you to continue your play/work however you can. Play games. Play the kind of games I like to … Continue reading

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On Dishonored, the Inside, and the Outside

This is a quick post about Dishonored, a game I wrote a lot more about back when it came out. Spoilers abound. I’m playing through Dishonored again after a very long time (so that I can play the sequel, finally), … Continue reading

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