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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July 2016: ‘Spectacle’

July 12th, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on July 2016: ‘Spectacle’)

Would you look at this! Come one and all and behold the majesty of another Blogs of the Round Table! In a month of Games Done Quick, the annual Evolution fighting game tournament and the rapid influx of Pokemon Go! postings July has been a month of gaming ‘Spectacle‘: What is the role of spectacle in games? Is there an …
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May-June Roundup: ‘Childhood-Parenthood’

July 11th, 2016 | Posted by Mark Filipowich in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on May-June Roundup: ‘Childhood-Parenthood’)

It’s been a season of growth for Blogs of the Round Table this spring with our shared topics of ‘childhood’ and ‘parenthood’. Although the topics were called on separate occasions they wound up merging into a single conversation. Maturity is accepting changes so we’re happy to see the discussion develop organically: How did your parents …
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July 10th

July 10th, 2016 | Posted by Zolani Stewart in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 10th)

Hello there! Zolani Stewart here. While Zoya is away, I’ll be taking over this week in videogame blogging, and listing some of the great writing that’s published this first full week of July. Looking Back There was a lot of writing this week that acted as retrospectives of older games: What Made System Shock So Special | Kotaku …
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Minisode 13 – Soundscape and Dreamscapes

July 8th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 13 – Soundscape and Dreamscapes)

The good, the bad and the ugly with the Critical Distance Confab. For those who don’t know, the idea behind these minisodes is for myself and a co-host to highlight 3 games each. These are games that haven’t gotten a lot of criticism or much attention at all. The hope is that one of you …
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July 4th

July 4th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 4th)

After a troubling set of weeks, it seems a lot of games critics are thinking about how escapism is more than it appears on the surface. A major theme of this week’s blogging is how games can provide a sense of release from the crushing unpredictability of life, and can even be part of how …
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Episode 36 – The Hows and Whys of TWIVGB

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 36 – The Hows and Whys of TWIVGB)

Welcome to another episode of the Critical Distance Confab! We are taking a mid-summer break from our series on video producers and critics to talk about Critical Distance. Senior Curator Zoya Street and I have decided to talk about the site and our process of curation, mainly in the This Week In Videogame Blogging feature. …
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June 26th

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 26th)

I am spending a few days staying in a cheap Bed and Breakfast in an run-down Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. It is a spooky place where nothing seems to make sense. At one point I saw a white horse just hanging out on its own in a park, no humans and …
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