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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Minisode 04 – Wandering Around and Feeling

June 30th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 04 – Wandering Around and Feeling)

Welcome to another minisode of the Critical Distance Confab. Unlike our main podcast series, the 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 from ich.io art games, prestige level …
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Episode 27 – Review Comes For The Arcade

June 16th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 27 – Review Comes For The Arcade)

Joining us on this month’s podcast is Zolani Stewart, fellow Critical Distance contributor and founding editor of The Arcade Review. Coming up on its first year anniversary, Arcade Review is a publication that situates itself as an arts magazine first and a games magazine second. Wishing to break away from the stagnant circles of what …
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Minisode 03 – B-grade Games

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Minisode 03 – B-grade Games)

Welcome to another minisode of the Critical Distance Confab. These minisodes are something different than our main podcast series. At the end of every month, myself and a guest, will list off a few games each that haven’t gotten the attention of critical discourse we feel they deserve. These games can be anything from ich.io …
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Episode 26 – Five out of Na Pali

May 26th, 2015 | Posted by Eric Swain in Critical Distance Confab: - (Comments Off on Episode 26 – Five out of Na Pali)

This month we have a double, yet related, feature. First, in side A, I talk with Alan Williamson and Lindsey Joyce, the editor-in-chief and managing editor respectively of Five out of Ten. We chat about the creation and ongoing process of creating the magazine, what it’s like working with a hand of experience and what …
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