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

The Mysterious Shadows of Skullshadow Island: A Brothers Coleman Mystery

Good parody or satire transcends the thing that’s being parodied or satirized. You don’t have to have seen westerns to like Blazing Saddles, disaster movies to like Airplane!, or blacksploitation movies to like I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. The same is true for the satirical newspaper The Onion, which has offered what columnist Dan Savage more »

Apotheon Review Postmortem: Godkiller

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD Why is modern man so fond of killing Ancient Greek gods? The gods don’t come off well in Apotheon, but few Pre-Christian deities in Western mythology are appealing from a modern perspective. They seem petty, lascivious, cruel, and possessed with an unseemly fondness for turning into geese and impregnating people, but they’re more »

Rentpunk Game Jam: Nickel and Dimed

Rentpunk is a game jam for our uniquely precarious times.  In the current information economy, geek culture has become mainstream culture, yet the revenge of the nerds has been exacted at a terrible price.  The middle class is an anachronism.  Ghost towns dot the vast wasteland that separates major metropolises, their empty warehouses and factories more »

Sunset Preview: Thoughtful Trouble in Fictional Anchuria

Video games seldom strive to instill states of somber reflection in the player, but developer Tale of Tales has made it their bread and butter. Games like The Path and Fatale play less like video games and more like particularly immersive exhibits in art museum. They’re more atmospheric than interactive, not seeking to foster the more »

Apotheon Review: The Phoenix

Apotheon Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4, PC Release Date: February 3, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Alientrap (Alientrap) ESRB Rating: Rated “Teen” for Blood, Mild Language, Violence Here’s my best guess as to what “Apotheon” means, according to some cursory, Google-facilitated research. “Apotheosis” means a human being elevated to the status of a god, like the mythical hero more »


Tokyo 1923: Don’t Look Away

If you’ve ever listened to the commentary on a Criterion Collection DVD, you know this story. In 1923 there was a massive earthquake in the Kantō region of Honshu, the largest island in the Japanese archipelago. Dubbed the Great Kantō Earthquake, it spread chaos and ruin across the region, carving a path of devastation that more »

The Critic’s Dilemna: Video Games and Self Loathing

Our society offers many stopgap measures for escaping the person you are and the world you inhabit.  One could argue that cave paintings were the first attempt at dragging the chaotic, unresponsive world out of reality and freezing it in two dimensions,  flattening the savage tumult of the hunt into a discrete equation of lines more »

Ryan North’s Choose Your Own Adventure Hamlet is becoming a game

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who loves avant garde adaptations of classic literature, but loathes the physical act of turning pages, your prayers have been answered.  Ryan North, author of Dinosaur Comics, the Adventure Time, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic books, editor and idea man behind the Machine of Death story collections, more »


Our game could be your life: Open-world games need to cut it out

Why bother playing a video game? That’s a very basic and more than slightly patronizing question, but one that nevertheless begs to be asked as video games seek to annex ever more colossal volumes of our lives. I’m not talking about the Candy Crushes and Threeses of the world, which constantly beckon us to distraction more »

Where They Cremate the Roadkill Kickstarter: Let There Be Night

Surrealist artist John Clowder, creator of such transcendentally unsettling games as Middens and Gingiva, has thrown his hat into the gaming ring once more, launching a Kickstarter for his latest project: Where They Cremate the Roadkill.  If the Kickstarter description is to be believed, Where They Cremate the Roadkill will consist of one part continued more »

Longest Night Lost Constellation: Night in the Woods in a Nutshell

Priest-eating cats, coffin conmen, snowmen undergoing existential crises – all these and more are encountered in the dark, wintry, whimsically melancholy Longest Night Lost Constellation. It is a small supplemental release from Alec Holowka, Scott Benson, & Bethany Hockenberry, developers of the highly anticipated Night in the Woods. The narrative of Lost Constellation is framed more »

2015 Prediction: The Gathering Darkness

Like an armadillo hunched in the road against the rumbling onslaught of an eighteen wheeler, we now steel ourselves as best we can against the coming onslaught of 2015 and the video games it promises.  What can we expect?  Which video games will surpass our expectations, and which video games will chain our expectations in more »