This is the Dark Souls of a short post about a YouTube video

Oh my word. I am pretty sure that all human development to this point has led to this moment. I genuinely appreciate being able to get jokes like this. My belated discovery of the wonder of Dark Souls last year, in addition to fostering an addiction to complex games essentially focused on esoteric storytelling and … Read more This is the Dark Souls of a short post about a YouTube video

Deus Vult

I found this article in Polygon fascinating, discussing the odd conflation between an alt-right adoption of the term “Deus Vult” and the growing online community around the game For Honor. I find it fascinating in no small part because I gave my students Robert the Monk’s version of the famous Pope Urban II speech that … Read more Deus Vult

Game of the Year (Not this year, last year)

‘Tis the season of GOTYs, or rather it ’twas before I spent Christmas having fun and not writing and then dove into an intensive January of teaching (more of that soon) and I come to share my own. As has been the case in recent years, my enjoyment of video games is nowhere near as … Read more Game of the Year (Not this year, last year)

The Curious Expedition and plans to come…

I missed this on Tuesday, but Rock Paper Shotgun named The Curious Expedition as best "roguelike" game of 2016 as part of their consistently excellent annual Advent Calendar. Congratulations to The Curious Expedition and its developers, Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann! I'm quite taken with the game myself and must write about it soon. I … Read more The Curious Expedition and plans to come…

Death Stranding teases more historical allusions

He has, as they say, gone full Kojima. That can mean a lot of things, of course. Hideo Kojima’s status in the video game community has only improved since his recent falling out with Konami, giving strength to an running online in-joke/slogan/act of defiance. Even Kojima’s famous new friends like to get in on it. … Read more Death Stranding teases more historical allusions

NPCs and little bits of history in Mafia III

Bob Whitaker has a nice piece on Zam today on NPCs in Mafia III and how their unexpected role in sharing the fruit of historical research that went into the game affected the way he played it. To quote Bob: I’m not campaigning to turn open world games into history textbooks, but there’s something special … Read more NPCs and little bits of history in Mafia III

Nintendo Switch – I Welcome and Accept My Beautiful Hipster Overlords

Nintendo have announced their new console: Nintendo Switch. The public declaration of the device’s existence comes to us via a snazzy trailer full of hip, young attractive people having fun. They choose to play video games when they could easily be doing something adventurous or exciting… so that must mean Nintendo video games and products … Read more Nintendo Switch – I Welcome and Accept My Beautiful Hipster Overlords

The International 2016

The International 2016, or TI6, has started today with the Wild Card round in Seattle. I’m excited. Coverage of DOTA 2 becomes more accessible every year, but the core experience still feels centered on Twitch, Twitter and various forums across the Internet. More than ever, it feels like a good thing; Valve’s increasingly professional studio … Read more The International 2016