“I Expect You to Die”: The Situation of the Comicbook Death Trap

Yesterday, I attended a dissertation defense on the subject of torture and rhetoric. The candidate did very, very well, and fully justified a reading of torture that emphasized how public opinion and government practice feed into each other–a subject with immediate, real world significance, in short. But my mind went to a slightly different place: … More “I Expect You to Die”: The Situation of the Comicbook Death Trap

“Whose Hands Are These”: Some Thoughts on Bioshock Infinite

(Spoilers for the game in the images and text below. And minor spoilers for Life is Strange)
One of the interesting things about videogames as cultural activity is that there’s a lot of different ways to experience them. I have some friends who like to try a little bit of everything, and move from game to game depending on what’s being recommended. I think there’s a lot to recommend this approach–it’s probably the best way to stay current in what’s being most talked about, it means you become aware of a lot of different types of games, and it gives you the freedom to circle back to the games that you wind up liking the most. … More “Whose Hands Are These”: Some Thoughts on Bioshock Infinite

Friendship is Fighting: Relationship Mechanics in Fire Emblem and Bioware

It’s been about a week, and I’m 30 hours into Fire Emblem: Fates Birthright. While that’s not the entirety of the game, it’s enough that I feel ready to start a preliminary discussion on its friendship mechanics, particularly with regards to how it compares to Bioware’s attempts to do something similar. More of that sort of musing … More Friendship is Fighting: Relationship Mechanics in Fire Emblem and Bioware

Final Fantasy V: What does a Videogame Variorum look like?

Since defending my dissertation (also: I’ve defended my dissertation!), I’ve been in a bit of an odd place, gaming-wise. Most of my actual gameplaying has been f2p (free-to-play) games, in part due to my reticence to upgrade my computer or buy into the current console generation, and in part due to my parents’ very considerate … More Final Fantasy V: What does a Videogame Variorum look like?