Eric Thornton is a sentient ape who lives in a minor arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. He is mostly water.

The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo: Slumber party massacre, maybe

Michael Lutz has a distinct talent for making twine games that take ordinary situations and tweak them, revealing an undercurrent of unease that steadily metastasizes into full blown terror. Patrick is a game about a man who’s mistaken for someone else so many times his identity begins to erode. My Father’s Long, Long Legs is more »

Alien: Isolation: A Beautiful place to die

Alien: Isolation is an odd beast, but so is the series that spawned it. The original, 1979, Alien film is a masterpiece of atmospheric tension that could’ve only been made when Ridley Scott was at the height of his directorial hubris, possessed with an obsession for world building. The sci fi technology of Alien seems more »

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Review: A Relic

Title: Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Price: 19.99 System(s): PC (Also on iOS and Android) Release Date: Oct, 15, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Phoenix Online Studios (Pinkerton Road Studios) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Animated Blood and Mild Language You know how when you give a hot dog vendor a gift certificate, he more »

Neverending Nightmares Review: The Nightmare Continues

Neverending Nightmares Price: $14.99 System(s): PC, Ouya Release Date: Sep 26, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Infinitap Games (Infinitap Games) ESRB Rating: N/A   Neverending Nightmares is quite simple from a gameplay perspective, asking you only to walk from the left of the screen to the right or, in exceptional cases, the right of the screen to more »

Uncanny Valley Preview: Less Than Human

The uncanny valley. The name given to the eerie feeling elicited when we come into contact with something that’s almost human, but not quite. The term “uncanny valley” has been fully assimilated into our culture, proving so relevant it’s migrated out of the field of robotics where it was first coined to touch all stratas more »

Rituals Preview: A Story within a story

Rituals is a demo release from developer Oleomingus that offers players a brief taste of a fantasy world set in a radically reimagined vision of colonial India. The demo takes place entirely in the house of a deceased English colonial, yet the storytelling techniques Rituals employs are so expansive that by the time it ends more »

RocketJump-Ification: Slouch Against The Machine

“It is fateful and ironic how the lie we need in order to live dooms us to a life that is never really ours.” — Ernest Becker Yesterday I broke down and ventured outside my door to buy a new pair of shoes, an experience I wasn’t looking forward to, but was rendered mandatory by more »

Destiny and the “Hamster Wheel Blues”

It is possible to kill yourself at The Tower, the hubworld in Bungie’s new video game, . All other types of violence are prohibited in The Tower, the game restricting the controls so the gun you’ve been blasting away with stays firmly affixed to your back, the fists you’ve used to pummel hundreds of enemies more »

Paradigm Alpha Demo Preview: The Future is Dumb

The eponymous Paradigm of the video game demo Paradigm inhabits a world where nothing works particularly well. Various generations of radically varying technological advancement have been kludged together to make a quasi-functioning world, but what with all the horny computers, beat-boxing eggplants, and industrialist sloths with bad comb overs, it’s a wonder anything gets done more »

The Walking Dead Season 2 Impressions: Childhood’s End

There’s a point in the of The Walking Dead Season 2 where a character named Bonnie asks Clementine, our story’s heroine, what what her age is. We can choose to say nothing, which is always an option in Telltale Games, denying her the satisfaction of an answer. We can answer eleven, which seems like a more »

How Martina Was Won: First Person Shooter

“These are the legendary times the scene needs to remember.” LastNightsParty exists to inspire a bittersweet fusion of envy and voyeurism in its viewers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young, old, black, white, gay, straight or some other demographic, there’s something in us as humans that makes us want to peer over the fence and more »

Intimate, Infinite: Gamifying Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges is the rare author that’s treasured by academics and mystics alike, his brilliance so radiant and his chosen subjects so diverse they transcend culture and dogma to become something immortal. Attempting to summarize the breadth and depth of Borges’ various obsessions is a fool’s errand, but the following will have to suffice: more »