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June 10th

…failed to find an audience and then how surrogate ruins the otherwise grand Diablo 3.

Ah, no no. You want something more substantial, something more meaningful, something more political? You are in luck, madam! Thanks to a shipping error I have an abundance of just such a thing from Medium Difficulty. I have a Kyle Carpenter unpacking of the polemics of Tentacle Bento and examining all of the unsaid assumptions of such a thing. Also, a certain Megan Townsend bit on where Harvest Moon goes wrong with female representation. But far more bombastic is this Adam Maresca piece on…

June 5th

…role of self-determination in the face of the wounds capitalism and broader dominant culture inflict on us even when we “win” or simply survive.

  • Conversation In The Ruins Of Interplanetary Capitalism | Unwinnable Ruth Cassidy chats with Gareth Damian Martin about the material and embodied conditions and struggles which inform the design and play of Citizen Sleeper.
  • Diablo Immortal reveals Diablo as the slot machine it always was | Polygon Maddy Myers observes that in a microtransaction-suffused environment, Diablo only becomes more the thing it always was.
  • ‘Hardspace: Shipbreaker’ Understands the Joy and Grace of Good Work…
  • Kotaku UK archive

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    May 27th

    …The game is now about performance, in more ways than one.

    And you may have heard that a certain long-awaited game starting with D and ending in -iablo 3 was finally released recently. Kill Screen’s Yannick LeJacq reflects how the Diablo series puts the agony in games of agon: “When I start to get exhausted, when bolts of pain shoot through my knuckles and up my arm, I have to remind myself that this is a game about hell.” Elsewhere, Unwinnable’s Jenn Frank thinks the game is just too gosh-darn cute:

    In playing Diablo III, I…

    This Year In Video Game Blogging 2012

    …world’s treatment of trans people in the game and in her own experience.

    To David Carlton, Super Hexagon is less of a game and is more akin to learning a language.

    Tevis Thompson says that Zelda has been going downhill since the original and he wants to save the franchise.

    Alex Curelea explains “Why Diablo 3 is less addictive than Diablo 2.” He explains that the missing reward loop is to account for the real money auction house, but it kills the quality of the game.

    Robert Rath, in his column Critical Intel at The Escapist,…

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    June 2nd

    …week, Craig Bamford maintains that often enough, game economies like Diablo 3 aren’t meant to function like real-world economies:

    Even if real-world economies behaved that way, games arent supposed to be completely free and open in the first place. Games are systems of rules and restrictions. The economies of games are about those rules and restrictions and the enjoyment that the player gets from operating within that space. The whole reason why Diablo 3‘s economy was a miserable failure, and why the PS3/PS4 version of the game won’t have an auction house at all, is because Blizzard forgot

    Kill Screen archive

    …crowd funded purse let fans invest esports

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  • October 2021

    …game’s branching story paths. (No captions) [Note: contains (unpaid??) hardware endorsements]

  • Won’t Someone Think of the Children?! Why Australia Bans Games – SIFTER (58:51)

    Gianni di Giovanni chats with Jini Maxwell, Chad Toprak and Arieh Offman about the pitfalls and impacts of Australia’s strict and costly game classification system. (Autocaptions)

  • Diablo II and “Value” – CSL (16:50)

    Chuck Sebian-Lander compares the transient enjoyment of acquiring Diablo II loot with social media metrics and perceived-value grifts such as NFTs. (Manual captions)

  • Gaming’s oldest urban legend is Atari’s fault – Polygon (7:00)

    Jenna Stoeber notes that

  • January 23rd

    …several levels.

  • Sharp Edges: Diablo 2 and Nostalgia | Ludosynth August Smith chronicles the uncanny contours of going back, in Diablo and elsewhere.
  • NO FEAST FOR THE UNDERFED – DEEP HELL Karin Malady muses on a collapse of knowledge and memory in an increasingly circular media ecosystem.
  • “There are countless franchises that love to claim there are rewards in exchange for the time sink. It cloyingly promises fulfillment, enlightenment, “fun”, blowjobs, emotion. Every bit of it amounts to ash slipping through your fingers. The Backrooms creepypasta isn’t scary or interesting, but it does get one…

    September 12th

    …shots behind the scenes; questionable global slush funds like the Red Cross hoarding money for unknown projects; and world threatening mega corporations like Monsanto seeking to control global food supply, the issues that MGS brings to light can hardly be glossed over.”

    Sean Beanland goes back in time to play the first two Diablo games and examines the strangeness of some of their design choices, even among other rougelikes.

    Chronoludic’s Mike Dunbar writes about Pathologic [mirror] and the concept of death and disease therein.

    And a post I never would have thought possible in the last…