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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Episode 31 – Back to the 2015

December 30th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 31 – Back to the 2015)

Welcome back to another Critical Distance Confab podcast, End of the Year edition! 2015 is almost behind us, so just lean back and listen as myself and a couple of colleagues skim over some of the major discussions that came up during the year. Direct Download CAST Eric Swain: The Game Critique Kris Ligman: Dire …
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Minisode 08 – Breaking the Mold and Cultural Musings

November 30th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 08 – Breaking the Mold and Cultural Musings)

Welcome to the last minisode of the year on the Critical Distance Confab. How this works is that each of us will go back and forth listing off three games each that we feel haven’t gotten the critical attention they deserve in the hopes one of your will take it as a challenge. These games …
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Episode 30 – Everything’s Better Embed

November 18th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 30 – Everything’s Better Embed)

Concluding this year’s series of interviews of the authors and editors of video game criticism publications we turn our eyes to gonzo. Cara Ellison‘s Embed With Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers brings the long form, lifestyle gonzo journalism to video games as she chronicles her year long journey around the world …
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Minisode 07 – Horror Games

October 31st, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 07 – Horror Games)

Welcome to a new minisode on the Critical Distance Confab. This month we have a special Halloween edition where we will be focusing on quote/unquote horror games to highlight. As usual these are games that haven’t gotten what myself and a co-host feel is a fair shake in criticism and attention. We each will bring …
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Minisode 06 – Relationships and Forward Motion

September 30th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 06 – Relationships and Forward Motion)

Welcome back for a new minisode of the Critical Distance Confab. If you don’t know, these minisodes are a chance to introduce and highlight a bunch of games that hasn’t gotten criticism… yet. I and a new guest each month will list off 3 such games each. They can be anything. Ich.io art games, prestige …
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Episode 29 – Shoot Them!

September 16th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 29 – Shoot Them!)

This month we turn our attention to the anthology book Shooter. Edited by Patrick Lindsey and Reid McCarter, the book brings together 15 essays and a forward by Clint Hocking, placing a wide variety of shooter video games in a historical and cultural context. Unlike previous books, as this one is an anthology and in …
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Minisode 05 – Text Games, Far Away Places

July 31st, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 05 – Text Games, Far Away Places)

We have a new minisode of the Critical Distance Confab. These minisodes are a chance for me and a guest co-host to highlight some games that have gotten virtually no criticism written about them. This is our chance to correct that. They can be anything. Ich.io art games, prestige level indie games, all the way …
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Episode 28 – Uninterviewable

July 15th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 28 – Uninterviewable)

Continuing our themed series on videogame critical publications, this month we turn our lonely eyes toward Unwinnable, which last year launched a weekly e-zine component. Editor-in-chief Stu Horvath was gracious enough to join me to talk about Unwinnable, Unwinnable Weekly and all the other Un-labled projects that he grants a platform to. Direct Download SHOW …
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