This Month in Videogame Vlogging: February 2024

Hello viewers,

I wanted to get into an appropriate groove with this feature, so we’re doing this thing just a couple weeks after the last entry. From here on out, you can expect to see a post at roughly the start of each month.

Before we dive into the offerings, a gentle housekeeping note (and also since it’s the beginning of the month): everything we do here at Critical Distance is made possible by reader (and viewer) support. From our weekly and monthly roundups to our Critical Compilations and ongoing archival efforts, from the podcast Keywords in Play to our periodic activity jams, we’re still here and still kicking because of y’all. Thank you for donating to our Patreon page, sharing the roundups and participating in our growing Discord and social media communities!

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This Month in Videogame Vlogging highlights the most compelling critical videos about videogames from the preceding month.

Welcome to the Sicko Zone

From sports games that act more like universe builders to DOOM WADs that make your eyes bleed, these critics have blessed us with a celebration of interesting stuff on the margins.

History Lessons

It’s easy to get caught up in the contemporary games discourse, and in the process forget that the games we love today have roots dating back years, if not decades. These videos are helpful reminders of that.

Hoisting the Black Flag

This pair of essays sit in conversation with each other amid a broader discourse about piracy’s place in videogames, as well as how related subjects like copyright infringement and plagiarism intersect.

  • The Case Against Palworld | Jack Saint (32:42)
    Jack Saint dives into the typhoon of discussion surrounding controversial survival sim Palworld, and emerges with a nuanced take that neither absolves Pocket Pair of its alleged plagiarism, nor celebrates Nintendo’s notorious litigiousness.
  • Video Game Piracy Is Good, Actually | Lextorias (33:34) 
    Lextorias examines the history of game pirating and digital rights management, the decades-long debate over copyright in general, and several arguments for and against piracy.

Grab Bag

These two videos were just really great and didn’t fit into other broader discussions this month.

Critical Chaser

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