…divinity figures — that of the grizzled (space) marine — to a variety of other, previously ignored characters.
19th century cultural products were also on the mind of J. Stephen Addcox at Kill Screen, who traces Sunless Sea‘s heritage in 19th century nautical literature, from Treasure Island to Edgar Allan Poe.
At GameChurch, M. JoshuaCauller revels in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain‘s capacity to offer a different sort of power fantasy:
I’ve always wanted to play a game that let me love my enemies as Jesus might. MGSV becomes this enemy-converting power fantasy where I get…
…have an understated South African quality that is in contrast to the games developed in Nigeria and Kenya where locally created games are so culturally specific they couldn’t exist anywhere else. Highway Free, a phone game about sitting in a Nigerian traffic jam is one example.”
“Everyone consulted for this article stressed that, despite the massive diversity across the continent in terms of language and local customs, success for one African developer is good for all of them.”
At Gamechurch, M. JoshuaCauller discusses how the limited verb set of Oxenfree contributes to the poignant sense of intimacy in its…
…Revolution: Black Friday’ | Gamechurch.comM. JoshuaCauller, who once had aspirations toward being a Christian missionary in Iran, offers some sensitive and self-critical reflections.
“I realize how foolish, arrogant, and just plain ignorant I’ve been—to assume that I am poised to alleviate the tension and suffering of the Iranian people. I didn’t and still don’t know enough about the religious and cultural complexities of the Iranian people (and what’s been endured from all sides), but 1979 Revolution has given me invaluable and humbling insight.”
Mechanizing Friendship in ‘Slayer Shock’ | Gamechurch M. JoshuaCauller reflects on the shallowness of a game mechanic, wondering whether real life is automatically any deeper.
What Does It Mean to Be a Mother: Mothering and Maternal Thinking in Ori and the Blind Forest Not Your Mama’s Gamer Bianca Batti and Jynx Boyne consider femininity and queer families of choice in a game that strongly references themes of parenting and kinship.
” Perhaps the game’s fluidity in its representations of the ways maternal thinking can be embodied blurs the boundaries between parenting
…the Mass Effect series, and Stuart Arias has a critical series of System Shock 2 up on Twitch. Critical Let’s Playing is really interesting approach, and I’m excited to see more of it!
All That’s Fit to Print
On Ontological Geek, Oscar Strik reviews Cameron Kunzelman’s On August 11, A Ship Sailed into Port. Meanwhile, at Words That Won’t Sell, Edward Smith writes a very interesting piece about the sense of exhaustion and defeat that pervades the new Wolfenstein.
At Game Church, JoshuaCauller examines the risk of love in war that Valiant Hearts sets in conflict. At Videodame, Virginia…