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May 15th

…offer new answers to a question that seems to be returned to rather often in games criticism.

  • There Is No Coming of Age in Oxenfree | PopMatters Nick Dinicola argues that by challenging a narrative form that normally presents character development as forgone conclusions, adolescence and adulthood are radically reimagined in this survival horror adventure.
  • Jolly Determination: Dark Souls, Undertale & Player Motivation | Medium Yussef Cole demonstrates how difficulty can be addressed as part of a game’s narrative and aesthetic ethos.
  • Health 101 with Professor Yoshi’s Island | Gamasutra Blogs Christopher Gile shows that health mechanics can be

February 4th

…orchestration and intertextual references in music written for Yoshi across different Mario games.

  • Harmonic Relationships in the Music of Disasterpeace – YouTube 8-bit music theory looks for narrative cues in chord progressions.
  • Foundations

    Finally, two critics consider games that seem to be terribly self-aware about their own nature as texts.

    • The Virtual Frame | Gorogoa | Heterotopias Nicole Carpenter analyses Jason Roberts’ latest game through the media theory of Anne Freiberg.
    • Doki Doki Literature Club! Part 1: Capitalizing on the Visual Novel Medium – Not Your Mama’s Gamer Amanda Luginbuhl discusses the fourth wall and easter eggs…