criticism Archive

  • Published Elsewhere: Dishonored Dev Joe Houston On Violence In Games

    A piece about game violence I wrote for Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Among other things it talks about Dishonored, video game violence, and the social responsibilities of games with choice. Check it out: Dishonored Dev Joe Houston On Violence In Games  …

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  • Games, Art, and Precious Little Snowflakes

    I recently read a thoughtfully researched and intelligently written review of the PS3 game Journey (by Ian Bogost for the Atlantic). It reaches farther than most critical analysis of games and reads more on the level of literary criticism. Go read it here. It’s good stuff.

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  • The Gladitorial Idiocy of Metacritic: Aggregating Game Developers

    EDIT – Metacritic has now removed developer scores. I don’t want to overstate things, but I take 100% of the credit for this turn of events. Last night I had the debatable pleasure of seeing the first episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. This put me into a mild funk…

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  • Gamers Whiny Crybabies Because Game Developers Suck at Games

    Long before the proliferation of Internet forums, there was a time when a friend of mine looked at one of my other friends, and then punched that bastard in the face. Why? “Because”, that’s why. Oh certainly he’ll say it was because we was defending the honor of the SNES…

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  • From Marx to Mario

    Can you start with a picture of Karl Marx, the embodiment of communist ideology, and end up with a challenge to game developers to make more delicious American dollars? You can, and you can do it in 5 minutes or less. For those that missed my 5 minute microtalk at…

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