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Music month: Katamari, forever

There are a few games I am terrified to write about, but none are as persistent as Majora’s Mask and the Katamari series. This is in large part due to my relationship with the games: I am much too involved … Continue reading

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Borderlands 2, torture, and the end of death

Rock, Paper Shotgun’s Jim Rossignol is right when he calls Borderlands 2 a “minor masterpiece.” The game accomplishes nearly everything it sets out to do, and as a result we are left with one great character in Handsome Jack* and … Continue reading

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Unpacking Alan Wake: Episode 2

We are afraid of something unnamed, of something, perhaps, in ourselves. In short, we turn on the light. – Virginia Woolf One of Alan Wake‘s most inspired creations is the in-game television show Night Springs. In a blatant homage to … Continue reading

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Unpacking Alan Wake: Episode 1

It is worth remembering that traditions are not the mechanical repetition of an inflexible form but rather a joyful play of variations and rejuvenations. – Jorge Luis Borges Reducing the impact of Alan Wake to the game’s predecessors is an … Continue reading

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The first formalists: indie games and the signification of genre

With the Humble Indie Bundle V still at large, it’s difficult to avoid the praises slung at the various games on sale. Names such as Braid and Limbo have become synonymous with the independent scene, and are used to mark … Continue reading

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But wait! There’s more!

An addendum to the previous discussion, as Foucault has more surprises at hand.  In concrete terms, starting in the seventeenth century, this power over life evolved in two basic forms…One of these poles–the first to be formed, it seems–centered on … Continue reading

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The Bombers’ Notebook on the Bombers’ Notebook

Rule 3: Whenever you solve someone’s problem, it makes you happy, so a Happy Sticker will be added to your book. – The Bombers Secret Society of Justice Writing about Majora’s Mask, creatively or otherwise, is a daunting task: it … Continue reading

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