August 21st

August 21st, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 21st)

Whew! There was a LOT of great writing on No Man’s Sky to get through this weekend. Pretty soon the number of pieces of writing on that game will rival the number of planets it contains. Nobody can explore them all, so I’m here to point you to the ones that are particularly resourceful. To make the …
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August 14th

August 14th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 14th)

This week is all about those big, open spaces: the endless expanse of a procedurally-generated universe, the mysterious depths of the ocean, and the reimagined streets of a Pokemon-enriched city. Battlefields We start with escapism and its opposite. How do we cope when we are in a place that hurts us? What if that place …
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August 7th

August 7th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on August 7th)

Hope you’re keeping well and having an exciting Summer! I got to meet some of our regular readers this week at games academia’s big annual get-together. It was a great reminder of how insightful our supporters are, and how important it is to bridge the gaps between academia, game development and the wider community. An estus a …
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July 31st

July 31st, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 31st)

This week in our roundup of games writing from around the web, we go on a little meditative journey about our place in the world and how we act within it. The digital is not flat We start by asking who we are. The three pieces below destabilize our assumptions about the people and positions …
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July 24th

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

Many have said this week that all public discourse seems to be about one of two topics: on the one hand, viral anger, collective outrage, and bigotry; and on the other hand, Pokémon Go. No man’s land Much of this week’s writing is in some way about how we imagine our divisions – past, present and future, as well as …
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July 19th

July 19th, 2016 | Posted by John Kilhefner in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 19th)

Kept you waiting, huh? Much like how Kiefer Sutherland replaced David Hayter, I’ll be filling in for Zoya this week, so welcome to This Week in Videogame Blogging! Let’s get started: Pokemon Go The flavor of the month, Pokemon Go, drove the majority of both website and real-world traffic: Pokémon Go Succeeds Where it Counts …
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July 10th

July 10th, 2016 | Posted by Zolani Stewart in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 10th)

Hello there! Zolani Stewart here. While Zoya is away, I’ll be taking over this week in videogame blogging, and listing some of the great writing that’s published this first full week of July. Looking Back There was a lot of writing this week that acted as retrospectives of older games: What Made System Shock So Special | Kotaku …
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July 4th

July 4th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on July 4th)

After a troubling set of weeks, it seems a lot of games critics are thinking about how escapism is more than it appears on the surface. A major theme of this week’s blogging is how games can provide a sense of release from the crushing unpredictability of life, and can even be part of how …
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June 26th

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 26th)

I am spending a few days staying in a cheap Bed and Breakfast in an run-down Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. It is a spooky place where nothing seems to make sense. At one point I saw a white horse just hanging out on its own in a park, no humans and …
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June 19th

June 19th, 2016 | Posted by Zoyander Street in This Week in Videogame Blogging: - (Comments Off on June 19th)

It is hard, in the context of this week, to feel able to do justice to many of the themes that come up often in these roundups: queer liberation, decolonization, safe spaces, and of course, the fraught relationship between violence and media. I feel aware today more than ever that games are at once liminal …
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