This year’s E3 Eidos conference showed how the character of David Sarif will be played by a new actor in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Threads speculating about the circumstances of the swap of Stephen Shellen for Rick Miller popped up … Continue reading On Stephen Shellen and Why Gaming Must Grow Some Empathy
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Edit: This article was written in December 2015, 8 months before the release of Mankind Divided. Upon playing I discovered that the game trailer, which this article analyses, has little to do with the actual game. The Ivan Berk character isn’t even … Continue reading Deus Ex, Transhumanism, and Male Sexualization
My boss rushed out into the British Winter last night when he heard that high-street game retail stores were now stocking Steam products. It’s true, and the picture in the header is one of the photos he took. Not only … Continue reading Steam Shelves in Console Stores: Is This a Good Thing?
For some years now, every gaming con I’ve been to has been flooded by a sea of pre-pubescent boys in Creeper hoodies. In the last few Insomnia events, organizers have thoughtfully provided an “adult daycare” area. In this tiny oasis of normalcy, tired and … Continue reading Is Youtube Culture Good for Kids?
After I published my speculatory Half-Life 3 post-mortem, some people expressed the idea that Valve would never move away from game development just like that. They cited the table-on-wheels policy outlined in Valve’s 2012 employee handbook as proof that the game is being … Continue reading Valve: Trouble in Paradise?
Viridi is a relaxing free-to-play plant simulator brought to you by the same people who made Eidolon. It’s a game with a lot of sensitivity. Players can play soft music to help their plants grow. It knows how to delight, how … Continue reading Viridi Does Free-to-Play Right
Gameplay versus story has been debated on such an obscure intellectual level that I didn’t hear about it until I stumbled on critic Chris Franklin’s podcast. This comes despite my own research into a similar subject for over a year. Franklin boils … Continue reading Can Metagaming Be a Valid Form of Gaming?
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(This article is cross-posted from Coventry Words.) Dr. Dan Pinchbeck is a former lecturer of Video Game Theory at Portsmouth University. He and his wife, composer Jessica Curry, head British videogame developing studio The Chinese Room. His writing is best known … Continue reading Interview with Dan Pinchbeck: Literature and Videogames