Tagged Video Games

Subsurface Circular is a stylish, engaging and affordable success

By Sean Willett, September 13 2017 — British video game developer Mike Bithell, known for the critically acclaimed games Thomas was Alone and Volume, is releasing a series of short, inexpensive games meant to be played in a single sitting. Subsurface Circular, the first of the series known as “Bithell shorts,” was released in August…

E-sports ready to join the mainstream

By Sean Willett, December 1, 2015 — After years of trying and failing to grab hold of the public consciousness, e-sports — or competitive video games — are slowly but surely becoming part of the mainstream. Game streaming services are becoming more ubiquitous. The games played are easier to watch and more people are now…

The very educated games critic reviews Fallout 4

By Sean Willett, November 17 2015 — Even if you don’t play a lot of video games, you’ve probably heard about Fallout 4. But as thousands of so-called “gamers” continue to rant and rave about how Bethesda Studios’ latest pablum is “fun,” one incredibly strong opinion has yet to be heard — mine. The opinion…

Not Just a Boy’s Club Anymore

By Emilie Medland-Märchen, November 13 2014 — Enter the online arena of a video game and the outside world loses meaning. The player leaves everything behind the screen, their flickering fingers projecting body and mind into a new character. For hours, gamers can abandon their identity and mould a new one ­— a mythologized, enhanced…

Gaming communities must be inclusive and welcoming

Pong was released in 1972. Since then, video games have become a big part of North American culture. Spending an afternoon relaxing and playing games is as normal as watching a movie or reading a book. Owning a gaming console isn’t just for teenage boys anymore. Video games are a normal fixture of modern homes….

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