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

Oracle: Know Thyself

Apophenia is the condition of seeing patterns and meaning in data that is, in reality, unstructured and meaningless: it’s seeing shapes in clouds, malicious intent in a passing glance from a stranger, or a someone’s destiny in tea leaves. Humans aren’t the only creatures that misinterpret information, but we’re by far the best at it, more »

Comedy Quest: Tears of a Clown

I’ve listened to enough podcasts to know that comedy is a foreboding art: Difficult to learn, impossible to master, and usually involving a great deal of cocaine and depression. It takes a particular kind of person to criss-cross the nation standing in front of groups of strangers and blindly seeking their approval. Why would anyone more »

Impressions of The Matter of the Great Red Dragon: Anticlimax

What happens to a quest deferred? We’re all born the heroes of our own stories, the lone protagonist of our particular personal narratives, but as we grow up and mature that story changes around us, as if every one of us is a world slowly discovering it doesn’t inhabit the center of the universe. You more »

The Last of Us One Night Live: Dramatic Reenactment

Naughty Dog’s critically beloved The Last of Us was conceived to address a specific complaint that’s regularly leveled at their Uncharted series: that it evokes ludonarrative dissonance. In Uncharted, the character of Nathan Drake is a charming, amiable rogue, yet the games require him to murder several hundred people. Granted, these people are trying to more »

Gods Will Be Watching: Spoiler Space

The most noteworthy thing about the game Gods Will Be Watching is its brutality, both towards the player and its own characters, but you have to play to the end to learn just how profoundly cruel the game is to its hero, Sgt. Burden. Beware, because the spoilers start here! Sgt. Burden is trapped in more »

Gods Will Be Watching Review: Paying The Price

Gods Will Be Watching Price: $9.99 System(s): PC Release Date: July 24, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Devolver Digital (Deconstructeam) ESRB Rating: N/A Gods Will Be Watching is a point-and-click adventure from Deconstructeam that concerns itself with the merciless grind of responsibility adopted in the most dire of circumstances. It’s a condition soldiers in Vietnam memorably referred more »

A Fable With No Moral: Thoughts on The Wolf Among Us: Season 1

It seems fantastic now, but there was a time when diamonds and crude oil were so abundant they would seep out of the earth on their own. Of course, those days are long gone. Now humanity’s hunger for carbon is so insatiable it routinely blows up mountains and drills through the bottom of the ocean more »

Black The Fall Preview: Shadowy men on a shadowy planet

Black The Fall is a forthcoming black and white game where players wander a ruined landscape populated by sadistic machinery and zombies. In spite of being a 2D side scroller Black The Fall isn’t a platformer, but a kind of survival horror game with some light puzzle elements. The game doesn’t provide you with speed more »

Distance: When Space Cowgirls Get The Blues

Distance plays like a deleted scene from Kentucky Route Zero, a student film Conway and his companions would stumble across that would do absolutely nothing to elucidate their situation or get them closer to their goal, but would lend a dash of enigmatic color to their world. Distance‘s brevity makes it feel like an interlude more »

Sunless Sea Preview: The Paddler In Darkness

In the massively overcrowded realm of free-to-play browser games, one name consistently rises to the top, distinguishing itself as the preeminent source of lowered productivity in cubicles the world over: Fallen London. While most browser games only merit a few clicks before being abandoned forever, Fallen London consistently succeeds in capturing players’ imaginations, and occasionally more »

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review: Cross-Platform Promotion In Disguise

Price: $49.99 System(s): Xbox 360 (Also available for Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PC) Release Date: June 24, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Activision (Edge of Reality) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence Comedian James Adomian has a brilliant routine where he deconstructs the trope of the Gay Villain, clearly and succinctly explaining how villains from Ursula more »


Battle Princess of Arcadias Review: Last Exit to Capital Town

Title: Battle Princess of Arcadias Price: $29.99 System(s): PS3 Release Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Nippon Ichi (ApolloSoft) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence and Mild Language Beloved subjects, the kingdom is in turmoil. We’re besieged by monsters. Hostile kingdoms surround us on all sides. Our ruler is an incompetent waterfowl. Action must be taken. more »