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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 »

Gifts for the Literate Gamer: Video Game Books, Fiction Edition

Yesterday, we went over books for people who enjoy video games. Because, you know, the hobbies tend to overlap. There are a number of titles designed to offer an intellectual look at our favorite hobby, and we picked four of the best to suggest to you. Now, we revisit the issue, but this time ask more »

Gifts for the Literate Gamer: Video Game Books, Nonfiction Edition

This will confound you youngsters out there, but there was a brief interval in humanity’s history between oral traditions and cloud based storage when information was recorded on physical objects called books. Inspired by the toxic mix of the invention of movable type and Oprah’s fanatical insistence on having an entire club dedicated to them, more »

Elegy for a Dead World: Ghost Writer

Elegy for a Dead World is a video game with the most accurately self-descriptive title since 2009’s Bikini Samurai Squad. The opening scene introduces you as an astronaut jetting through the vacuum of space in a suit with a bubble helmet that only shows your profile in silhouette. You float past the debris of a destroyed spaceship more »

Dragon Age: Inquistion: Decisions and Dragons

Query: If each of the three Dragon Age games took place in different fantasy worlds, would we sense any connection between them? If Dragon Age: Origins was set in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, Dragon Age II was set in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea, and was set in Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of more »

The Old City: Leviathan Review Postmortem: The Labyrinth

  Spoilers Ahead Every civilization comes with an expiration date.  This shouldn’t be confused with periodic outbreaks of disillusionment, which a hysterical establishment often heralds as the end of all things good and holy.  Society always harbors a certain level of outcasts and dissidents with unconventional beliefs, but it takes a major crisis for their more »

The Old City: Leviathan Review: In the Dust of this Planet

Title: The Old City: Leviathan Price: $15 System: PC Release Date: Dec 1, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Postmod Softworks (Postmod Softworks) ESRB Rating: N/A “You and I have shared a grand nothingness.” —Solomon “When meaning is deconstructed, the only driving force for progress is the acceptance of uncertainty.” —Jonah Half walking simulator, half existential novel, The more »

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: The Forever War

The story of ‘s campaign employs the tried and true science fiction method of portraying the future as just like the present, only moreso. The technology is even more advanced than it is now. The idea of the sovereign nation-state is even more irrelevant in the face of globalized neoliberal economics, non-state actors, and the more »