The Turing Test: Reports from Europa

For a game ostensibly meant to challenge both the player and their avatar, The Turing Test sets itself up to be evaluated in a field with its own high standards. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a scientist, joined by an artificial intelligence with questionable motives, journey through a series of first-person puzzle …

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No Man’s Sky: The Magic Behind the Mundane

If you’ve been tuned into the conversation around No Man’s Sky for the past few weeks, you’ve likely seen disappointment and anger mix with excitement and wonder. Any game selling itself on exploring an endless number of planets was bound to be divisive; that it didn’t quite hit the lofty goals mentioned in interviews or …

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FATED: The Silent Oath – Shake It Off

What standard should a VR title be held against when critically examined? We’re mere months into the life of a brand new format, and while many of its projects don’t share the complexity of your average first person shooter, the novelty of actually aiming down sights or painting with your own hands is undeniably potent. …

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Hitman Episode 2: When in Rome

This is an article on the second episode of 2016’s episodic Hitman. Our piece on the introduction and first chapter can be found here. One way or another, the second level of Hitman 2016 was always going to be its breaking point. Traipsing around Paris as an impostor fashionista back in March was certainly a blast, but …

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Of Puzzles and Language

Few conversations or articles about The Witness, the rare puzzle game that has ignited nearly everyone’s attention, end without mentioning Myst at least once. It doesn’t take a leap of logic to find the connections (not including the comparisons Jonathan Blow himself has made): both throw players on a sizable island dotted with puzzles that …

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Ben’s Games of the Year

(Alternately titled “10 Games that Aren’t Undertale”) Before I list out my favorite games of 2015 (which you will likely disagree with), I just have to apologize to everything that didn’t make it on this list. 2015 was one hell of a year for gaming, and despite the number of open-world, 100-hour behemoths I turned …

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The State of the Stars

Star Citizen is many things to many people. With a tremendous pile of cash, several complex parts built to eventually merge into one game, and one of the founding fathers of space dogfighting at the helm, it’s almost impossible to avoid the gravitational pull of its heft. It attracts dreamers and skeptics alike, firing at …

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