This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics including the German-speaking world's reception to Papers, Please and what games have to do with pop music.
Holders of the Keys (or: Things Critics Say)
First Person Scholar interviews developer/critic/man-about-town Cameron Kunzelman on the many areas of his expertise, and also his recent comments on Grand Theft Auto
. Speaking of those comments, here are more
On Paste, photographer Brian Taylor takes readers on a tour through Pittsburgh -- the real one, and the one from Naughty Dog's The Last of Us
It's Horror Month at Ontological Geek
. Tune in, and then hide.
A Whisper into Various Voids (or: Things Critics Say About Other Critics and/or The State of Things)
On Errant Signal, Chris Franklin takes aim at the cake-having problem
of wanting games to be considered art and yet insisting they have no political underpinnings.
Tevis Thompson argues for far greater diversity
in how we evaluate games.
Matthew Burns lends the final word
(for now) on all this arguing over games criticism.
The Seven and a Half Cardinal Natures (or: Things Developers Say)
Raph Koster reflects on responding to criticism
Chris Bateman poses the idea that interference is, itself, a sort of game
. And on Edge one finds the story of Gone Home's The Fullbright Company
On Gamasutra's expert blogs, Eric Zimmerman posts the first in a series of articles breaking down how he, as a game design instructor, teaches game design
Trip to Europe (or: German correspondence)
We have a bit of a backlog here so bear with us.
has reached a bit of a critical mass in the German-language games scene. Balkantoni of Shodan News wonders why such praise is lavished on the game
if not for a certain baseline ignorance of how abuses in immigration have gone down. Jan Hoppe of 99leben shares how he, too, had to be brought around on the subject of immigration
, while Dejan Lukovic shares how he had to stop playing the game after it cut too close to personal experience
, as an Austrian with a Croatian passport. Jagoda Gadowski emphasizes the value of differing interpretations
with a game like Papers, Please
Onto other subjects. On Videogame Tourism, Christof Zurschmitten laments the hyperfocus on a few triple-A titles in general interest or arts journalism
, to the exclusion of a more nuanced conversation. And on Superlevel, Sebastian Standke has republished an article on Portal
's GLaDOS and testing rooms as having an embodied presence
On Kleinerdrei Miriam Seyffarth takes a feminist lens to Video Game High School
. On Superlevel, Marcus Dittmar criticizes games' treatment of love and romance
(and in doing so invokes Alexander Ocias's Loved
, among others). And elsewhere on Superlevel, Markus Grundmann muses on why World War I is such an uncommon subject for games
Deep Subversions (or: Games Could Be More)
On Culture Digitally, Adrienne Shaw criticizes the lost queer potential of Fable
And now, the weather
On Paste, Cara Ellison suggests that pop music and games were made for each other
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