Proportional Response

“What is the virtue of a proportional response?” asks Martin Sheen. It’s season one of Aaron Sorkin’s political drama The West Wing, and Sheen’s character is the president of the United States. His friend has just been killed by insurgents backed by a foreign state, and the Joint Chiefs have just presented him with a …

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Jen’s Games of the Year 2016

Writers are often prone to hyperbole, but I don’t think anyone will object that 2016 was one of the wildest years I’ve ever experienced. At the tail end of September, I finally came out as a woman to the rest of the world, and the positive response wiped away one decade of fear that I …

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Colin’s Games of the Year 2016

Hey. How ya doin’? If I had to guess, I’d say you’ve been better. Most of us have. I don’t like the narratives of “good” or “bad” years, because it feels arbitrary and distracts from the responsibility for events… but boy, a lot of trash happened in that twelve month period. If we don’t step …

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Love in the City

In one of the grislier Grand Theft Auto V missions, you infiltrate LifeInvader, a “clever” clone of Facebook where employees air-guitar near their cubicles and admonish folks who can’t sit in beanbag chairs for not fitting the company vision. After tampering with a prototype phone and driving home, you’re treated to fake Mark Zuckerberg blowing …

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The Best of Scanline Media… So Far

Jen: Let’s be real for a moment: this has been a frightening week in an already turbulent year. I am still coping with the knowledge that this country has elected a figure who ran on promises of eroding the rights and safety nets of myself and many others that I know and love. But we’re …

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The Silver Case Review: Kill the Past

Out of all the “auteur” game developers that have bounced around over the last few decades, Suda51 (Goichi Suda) felt like he stood out. Sure, his latest work is more focused on titillation than anything else (how else do you explain a repeating minigame dedicated to ogling your character’s companions?), but back when Killer7 and …

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Flip the Switch

So, okay. Can I spoil the McRib magic for you? I’m going to need to if we’re going to talk about Nintendo. We cool? Duck out if we’re not cool. This is your official warning that there will be spoilers for the McDonald’s classic sandwich “The McRib.” Alright, all the cowards have left- perfect. Let’s …

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Taking Pokemon Lore Way Too Seriously

I was delighted, and pleasantly surprised, by the announcement of the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo. There was never much question for me if I’d get it- I am, in my own way, a pretty demented Pokemon superfan. Still, a chance to get an early look at the game, first-hand, was appreciated. The fact that …

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A Personal Announcement

Today marks a significant change for me. Effective immediately, I am transitioning from Joseph Benjamin Unkle III to Jennifer Unkle, or Jen for short, and will be assuming she/her pronouns. My article bylines, as well as all future video/podcast content, will reflect this transition. This change will undoubtedly be surprising to some, while others have …

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