Abstract image evoking bird silhouette

October 29th


This week we continue a look at industry and cultural practices in videogames while several authors offer critical approaches to their favourite games. Visual Essays Let’s start this week with a pair of visually based pieces of criticism about turn-of-the-century JRPGs. Chrono…

October 15th


The big discussion of the week is loot boxes – also known as gacha mechanics – or, in-game microtransactions with randomised contents. A long-controversial aspect of free-to-play games, these items have featured prominently in recent AAA game releases, provoking a wave of…