Tag Archives: game criticism

Criticism and Habits: My Fear of Never Alone

Every Wednesday in high school I went out to do community service that the campus ministry of my Catholic high school facilitated. We would go to nursing homes, care facilities, and homeless shelters, work for a few hours, and return … Continue reading

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“We Just Want to Make Good Games.”

I’ve been writing a lot for I Search for Traps lately, but through my discussions of table-top RPGs I’ve come across an old question that I’ve encountered when I was studying the world of video games: What is a good game? … Continue reading

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A Hook to Grapple With: Transcending Environments with Vertical Accessibility

This E3 is the first time that I’ve paid close attention to the whole spectacle. I’ve only been playing games on a console for a few years now and didn’t really understand how watching game trailers could be exciting. I … Continue reading

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A Severed Prosthetic Memory by NBA 2K14

The discourse of representation, stereotypes, and racism surrounding video games is fraught, and quite frankly not at all progressive. During “black history month,” I took notice to the number of my Facebook feeds that posted the obligatory Black History Month topics, … Continue reading

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Ideologies of Failure and Production in Action Painting Pro

Action Painting Pro (APP) is a small, free game that turns MS Paint into a platformer. Players jump around the screen collecting the different tools which the player then becomes, covering the screen in a mess of colors. Failure here … Continue reading

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On Gaming Audiences: Players, Personas, and Perceptions

With “Twitch Plays Pokemon” coming to a close (or at least it’s first playthrough), I think it’s a good time to talk about the audiences of games. There is something interesting happening on Twitch with this and its counterparts – … Continue reading

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Game Criticism Conference

You might have noticed that mention of a video game criticism conference in the works a few posts ago. Well, it’s a real thing now! Critical Proximity is a game criticism conference in San Francisco on March 16th (the Sunday … Continue reading

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