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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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 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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All That You Can’t Leave Behind

World of Warcraft is full of storied characters, locations, events, and even weapons: artifacts of great power, that turned the tide of various conflicts in deus ex machina-ian fashion. Let me tell you a story about a sword called the Ashbringer. Forged from a crystal of pure Light (oh, sorry- in Warcraft lore, Light with …

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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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The Barren Nature of Pokemon Go

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about how the Pokemon games aren’t really about Pokemon. It’s a thought that’s been gnawing at me for years, and it turns out it’s rather fortuitously timed, for this year has seen the biggest resurgence of Pokemon popularity in years. I am speaking, of course, about Pokemon Go. …

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