Category Archives: Video Games

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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“No One Criticized Bioshock Infinite Before!”

All week long I’ve been reading tweets that have intimated that there has been some kind of sea change opinion shift in the way that Bioshock Infinite was received by audiences. The entire conversation has had a kind of “these damn hipsters” … Continue reading

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