May 22nd

May 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 22nd)

This week sees some fantastic thoughts on role-playing. Which roles are represented in narratives, what it would have been like to play a particular role in its historical context, and how we deal with the pressure to perform in a particular role. A dance teacher once told me that she sometimes tries on different people’s walks, …
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May 15th

May 15th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 15th)

Welcome back! I’m filled with determination after spending three days running a small exhibit of games, talking with artists who are more familiar with work in other mediums about some of the things that make this form critically interesting. I did most of the reading for this round-up sat in that public gallery space, feeling soothed by the …
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May 8th

May 8th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 8th)

This week as I read games blogging from around the web, I’m thinking about how games criticism reflects the many uses of software as tools and contexts for cultural practices.  A game can be like a pair of shoes that you slip on in order to try out a new role or mode of being. Clogs …
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May 1st

May 1st, 2016 | Posted by Emma Kidwell in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on May 1st)

Welcome back to another roundup on critical distance! I’m Emma, here to point you in the direction of some good content. With that being said, let’s take a look at This Week in Videogame Blogging! Unsurprisingly, Dark Souls From the inclusion of an easy mode to the cycle of repetition, Dark Souls sparks multiple conversations: …
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April 24th

April 24th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on April 24th)

It seems that class politics’ time has come in games criticism, with labor issues at the forefront of analyses of both the industry and its products this week. Creators Working conditions and practices have been a major topic of discussion, with a particular focus on crunch and overwork. Don Daglow: “I’m calling bullshit on core, …
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April 17th

April 17th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on April 17th)

Thanks for checking in for another round-up of the week’s videogame blogging! Once again, there’s a chunk of potentially triggering material at the bottom of this post, so in case you choose not to venture into those depths, I will promptly issue the reminders that would usually live in the concluding paragraph. Critical Distance is …
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April 10th

April 10th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on April 10th)

One thing that most games share in common is the sense that they are a world apart from the lives that we ordinarily live. This week’s round-up of some of the most provocative writing on games is organised around ideas about separation and togetherness. I’m able to bring these articles together every week thanks to …
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April 3rd

April 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on April 3rd)

It’s the first blog roundup of April! Here in England, the bulbs and trees are starting to blossom and the birds with rude-sounding names have started to flutter about. The world is becoming colourful and bright once more. Due to a number of concurrent distressing events, this week saw an uptick in discussions of serious harassment …
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March 27th

March 27th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on March 27th)

I’m almost fully recovered after a pleasant GDC, and feeling energised and inspired. This has been a particularly good week in videogame blogging. In part that’s due to the thrilling discussions coming out of an annual event that brings so many smart people into conversation with one another, but by no means is the event dominating discussions, with …
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March 20th

March 20th, 2016 | Posted by Taylor Hidalgo in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on March 20th)

There is something almost supernatural about a Sunday. It comes with a feeling of warmth, of relaxation, and happiness. Perhaps a few years ago, it would’ve been an ideal time to sit back with a newspaper, but in these modern days, perhaps it would also be wonderful to grab a tablet or phone, settle into …
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