Episode 38 – The Spawn of History

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 38 – The Spawn of History)

We are back with another interview on the Critical Distance Confab! This month we are joined by Bob Whitaker, associate professor in Modern History at Louisiana Tech University and founder of History Respawned. In 2013, he started the YouTube channel by looking at video games from a historical perspective. Not content to focus only on games portraying …
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August 21st

August 21st, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 21st)

Whew! There was a LOT of great writing on No Man’s Sky to get through this weekend. Pretty soon the number of pieces of writing on that game will rival the number of planets it contains. Nobody can explore them all, so I’m here to point you to the ones that are particularly resourceful. To make the …
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August 14th

August 14th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 14th)

This week is all about those big, open spaces: the endless expanse of a procedurally-generated universe, the mysterious depths of the ocean, and the reimagined streets of a Pokemon-enriched city. Battlefields We start with escapism and its opposite. How do we cope when we are in a place that hurts us? What if that place …
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August2016: ‘Bugs’

August 9th, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on August2016: ‘Bugs’)

Happy August, people of Earth. I hope that the dog days of your summer have been filled with trips to the beach, ice cream, and weather more tolerable than the purgatory soup oozing across southwestern Ontario. But enough small talk: if I know you like I think I do you’re here because you want to see the …
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August 7th

August 7th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 7th)

Hope you’re keeping well and having an exciting Summer! I got to meet some of our regular readers this week at games academia’s big annual get-together. It was a great reminder of how insightful our supporters are, and how important it is to bridge the gaps between academia, game development and the wider community. An estus a …
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July Roundup: ‘Spectacle’

August 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on July Roundup: ‘Spectacle’)

The lights dim and the crowd roars and I shuffle to the edge of my seat for another thrilling edition of Blogs of the Round Table! This past month we asked you to share your thoughts on the subject of ‘Spectacle’: What is the role of spectacle in games? Is there an experience of public awe …
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July 31st

July 31st, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 31st)

This week in our roundup of games writing from around the web, we go on a little meditative journey about our place in the world and how we act within it. The digital is not flat We start by asking who we are. The three pieces below destabilize our assumptions about the people and positions …
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July 24th

July 24th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 24th)

Many have said this week that all public discourse seems to be about one of two topics: on the one hand, viral anger, collective outrage, and bigotry; and on the other hand, Pokémon Go. No man’s land Much of this week’s writing is in some way about how we imagine our divisions – past, present and future, as well as …
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July 19th

July 19th, 2016 | Posted by John Kilhefner in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 19th)

Kept you waiting, huh? Much like how Kiefer Sutherland replaced David Hayter, I’ll be filling in for Zoya this week, so welcome to This Week in Videogame Blogging! Let’s get started: Pokemon Go The flavor of the month, Pokemon Go, drove the majority of both website and real-world traffic: Pokémon Go Succeeds Where it Counts …
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Episode 37 – Noah’s Crit

July 18th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 37 – Noah’s Crit)

Welcome back for another interview on the Critical Distance Confab! This month our guest is  Noah Caldwell-Gervais, a video maker who is skilled at creating richly layered arguments. He started making long-form video essays on games in 2013 with a thorough look at the Fallout series. Since then he has been applying his critical lens …
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