Author Archives: Eric Swain

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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Minisode 12 – Not Dark Souls

May 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 12 – Not Dark Souls)

Time for a few more games from the Critical Distance Confab. The purpose of these minisodes is for two of us to highlight 3 games each. These are games that haven’t gotten a lot of criticism or any at all. The idea is that one of you listening right now  will try one of them out and …
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Episode 35 – Camp’s Signal

April 19th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 35 – Camp’s Signal)

Welcome to another interview on the Critical Distance Confab! This month our guest is Chris Franklin, aka Campster, talking about his YouTube series Errant Signal. Over time, he has innovated on an established YouTube format to evolve his own personal style, featuring holistic close readings on games as well as video essays on theoretical concepts. He has also …
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Minisode 11 – Grab Bag of Games

April 6th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 11 – Grab Bag of Games)

A fistful of games on the Critical Distance Confab. These minisodes highlight games that haven’t received a lot of critical attention, in the hope that one of you intrepid listeners will try one of them out and correct that oversight. The games we talk about range from itch.io art games, to prestige level indie games, right …
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Episode 34 – Chat with Matt

March 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 34 – Chat with Matt)

Welcome another interview here at Critical Distance! This month we interview the host of Youtube show Matt Chat: English Professor at St. Cloud State University, Matt Barton. Matt Chat is a channel focused on older games, inspired by the books he published on the history of video games, Dungeons & Desktops and Vintage Games. As …
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March 13th

March 13th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on March 13th)

Our illustrious editor-in-chief is off to GDC, for a week of talks, discussions and, hopefully, not the con plague. In the meantime, I have stepped in to supply your weekly dose of links for This Week in Videogame Blogging. Masochistic Difficulty A bit of a theme appeared at PopMatters this week. G. Christopher Williams turns …
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Minisode 10 – Abstract Aesthetics

March 1st, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 10 – Abstract Aesthetics)

More undiscussed games on the Critical Distance Confab. For those who may not know, the purpose behind these minisodes is highlight some games, 3 a piece, that haven’t got a lot criticism or any criticism at all. The hope being that it will inspire some of you to go out, play them and write something …
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Episode 33 – Game OverThinker

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 33 – Game OverThinker)

Welcome to another new podcast here at Critical Distance! Continuing with video-based criticism, we have one of the original videogame pundits, Bob Chipman. His Game Overthinker series began in 2008, making his one of the few early voices to set up shop on YouTube. The original run of the show ran for 100 episodes, during which time …
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Minisode 09 – Long Games and Short Games

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 09 – Long Games and Short Games)

New year, new games to discuss on the Critical Distance Confab. With the minisodes, every month, both I and a co-host, go back and forth listing off a game we think hasn’t gotten the critical attention it deserves until we’ve each done three. The hope being that some of you listening will take the initiative …
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Episode 32 – Supplementary Grades

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 32 – Supplementary Grades)

Welcome to the new year of podcasts here at Critical Distance! Last year we went over publications, both books and magazines, in the critical video game sphere. Having, for the most part, run out of those we turn our eyes to different forms of criticism. Now we turn out eyes to video. Joining me this …
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