(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
Just like the time of WWII games before it, the era of single-player rust-colored shooters seems to coming to an end. It’s now all about colour and multiplayer shenanigans. Nintendo’s Splatoon took the world by storm earlier this year with its … Continue reading The Death of Brown-and-Grey Shooters
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(This article features artwork by artists Pablo Amaringo, Sam Woolfe, Fabian Jimenez, Alex Grey, Gian Carlo Zazzeri and Dario Fidanza. Be sure to check them out!) What does videogame tracks and spiritual meditation music have in common? Both are designed to immerse … Continue reading 21 Videogame Tracks That Could Be New Age Music
Valve’s Steam distribution platform has long meant more than mere DRM. It’s become synonymous with PC gaming itself. Now, Steam is progressing into an entire brand range of software and hardware. If Valve’s antecedent is of any insight, this expansion might change … Continue reading What Did Steam Look Like in the Old Days?
(The dead Freeman in the header is from a cosplay photoshoot by the ever-talented Duamuteffe. Check out her photography!) The good folks at Rooster Teeth have been contacted by supposed insider at Valve. This contact reveals that while the development … Continue reading Who Killed Gordon Freeman: Toxic Gaming Culture or Corporate Policy?
Jurassic Park: Trespasser was a tragedy. What would have been a revolutionary game fell victim to marketing and comercialization. It featured unprecedented technology: Advanced AI, sprawling organic areas, and even a physics engine. A physics engine, in 1997! That’s nearly a … Continue reading The Limbo Dimension of Trespasser Remakes
So you’re feeling down. You could really do with a relaxing game, but your funds are low and there isn’t a Steam sale in sight. There are many games out there that don’t cost a thing. The only problem is … Continue reading 13 Most Beautiful (And Free!) Relaxing Games
(This article has been cross-posted on Lambda Generation.) Fallout 4 has just been announced and there’s still no Half-Life 3 on the horizon. With no new content, fans have to create their own fun. Fan theories are an excellent way … Continue reading Are Chell from Portal and Alyx Vance Sisters?
The Talos Principle is probably one of the most beautiful games made, with its organic outdoor areas and idyllic environments. Famous for the Serious Sam franchise, … Continue reading The Talos Principle Explained: Monistic Dogma is Still a Dogma [SPOILERS]