Author Archives: Alan Williamson

December 6th

December 6th, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on December 6th)

Apparently there has been a cold snap in Britain this weekend. I haven’t noticed because I’ve been printing off all of the good games writing and making a cozy little nest from it. Come sit by the fire and help yourself to a hot chocolate. Welcome to This Week in Video Game Blogging! Stoking the …
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June – July Roundup: ‘VINPCs’

August 1st, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on June – July Roundup: ‘VINPCs’)

It’s the end of the month! I’ve got ten tabs open in my web browser and am listening to loud, aggressive music! It must be time for another Blogs of the Round Table roundup! June / July’s theme was ‘VINPCs’: As players, writers and readers, we are often focused on player-characters: the protagonists, anti-heroes and …
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June – July 2014: ‘VINPCs’

June 5th, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on June – July 2014: ‘VINPCs’)

Blogs of the Round Table – June 2014 As promised, Blogs of the Round Table is back with another rousing topic. This time, it’s ‘VINPCs’: As players, writers and readers, we are often focused on player-characters: the protagonists, anti-heroes and avatars whose destinies we directly control, whether alone or as a party of adventurers. Yet …
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April – May Roundup: ‘The Right Touch’

June 4th, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on April – May Roundup: ‘The Right Touch’)

You ever find yourself staring at a computer screen with no idea how to open a piece? Great, me neither. Blogs of the Round Table made its triumphant return in April on a new two month schedule: our theme was “The Right Touch”. Joysticks. Keyboards and mice. Mashing a controller with your fist. Touching. Poking. …
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May 25th

May 25th, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 25th)

Hello! It is May 25th – or, as we call it in the UK, 25th May. It’s a beautiful summer’s day in Britain, which means there are only a few hours until it rains again. So let’s get this over with so I can frolic in the sunshine! Welcome to This Week in Videogame Blogging! …
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April-May 2014: ‘The Right Touch’

April 1st, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in Blogs of the Round Table: - (2 Comments)

We’re back! Cue the music! Did you miss us? As part of an ongoing site-wide overhaul here at Critical Distance, Blogs of the Round Table will now be a regular bimonthly feature – that’s once every two months, not twice a month. We trialled this last year and it offers the best balance between getting …
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January 19th

January 19th, 2014 | Posted by Alan Williamson in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on January 19th)

This Week in Videogame Blogging is brought to you by Zach Alexander. The Arcade Review is highly recommended. Pay a few bucks for more great games criticism! From The Definitely-Not-A-Cylon Dept Over at Gamechurch as part of their “Discomfort” week, Mark Filipowich discusses how bodies – filthy human organics! – are portrayed in games. On …
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December 8th

December 7th, 2013 | Posted by Alan Williamson in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on December 8th)

*taps microphone* Is this thing on? Hello there! I am Alan Williamson, and this is This Week in Videogame Blogging! Market, Research Over at Polygon, Tracey Lien examines why games aren’t marketed at girls. It’s a well-researched piece that interviews marketing executives, early women developers like Carol Shaw and Lori Cole, and as is obligatory …
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Oct-Nov Roundup – ‘Game Changers’

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by Alan Williamson in Blogs of the Round Table: - (Comments Off on Oct-Nov Roundup – ‘Game Changers’)

Every few years, an event hits the gameosphere, forever changing the landscape. In November, we had one such event. That’s right folks: a new Mario game! Oh, and a couple of new boxes as well. Generations come and go, but the distinctions aren’t as clear as the companies selling consoles like to make out. I …
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December 1st

December 1st, 2013 | Posted by Alan Williamson in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on December 1st)

Once again, This Week in Videogame Blogging is brough to you by Zach ‘@IcePotato‘ Alexander. Thanks Zach! Also, December? Where did that come from? (Well, it followed November, I guess)