March 5th

Abstract image evoking bird silhouette

This past week has been full of thoughts, on beginnings and endings, and worth reflecting on before next week starts in earnest. Hopefully your weekend has treated you as gently it could, warming and preparing you for the coming week. Particularly for those of you who’ve spent the week at GDC, you owe yourself some rest.

That Which Ends

What is distasteful about Peggle: Blast are the subtle transformations that the original design has gone through to accommodate the habitual villainy of monetization. Like the reanimated dead body of someone you once loved that now became just a piece of meat filled with electrical impulses and should be buried already so it cannot traumatize you any further.

Switching Around the Details

I need to see more from its long-term software support, and I also would like to see more of its online features and functionality like the eShop and Virtual Console, and other controller options and how games implement the Joy-Con before I’m able to fully recommend it. But so far, it’s not quite the switch of fortunes that Nintendo wants it to be.

The Wild Terrain

Talking to Grillo, you get the sense of how often he’s seen real violence—execution-style slayings, massacres, battles—run through newspaper presses, film cameras, and stereo speakers. He knows that one game more or less won’t ultimately change this conflict, the best it can do is teach through osmosis.

Health Bar-riers

Night in the Woods doesn’t simply reflect back the world I grew up in and still currently live in. It tells me and others like me that our stories matter, that our lives matter, that our struggles and tiny victories matter.

A Full Spectrum

Video games have been appropriating from Natives both blatantly and obliquely for decades. And as much as we’d like to hope?—?it’s probably not going to stop anytime soon. But it definitely won’t without your help.

Cause and Effect

NieRly Incomprehensible

Drawer of Oddities

Set amidst sweltering South American jungle in the mid-1970s, Church in the Darkness plays transparently off the Peoples Temple and the mass murder-suicide at Jonestown in 1978, though Rouse’s research took him to investigating other cults and communes for inspiration as well. It’s not the sort of subject matter to go into lightly[…]

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