Kotaku’s “Unsung Story” Article Isn’t Really About Unsung Story

Four days ago, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier published a story titled “Unsung Story Is A $660,000 Kickstarter Disaster.” It’s a peculiar thing; the body mostly consists of Schreier venting his displeasure with said Kickstarter in a very feelings-based, op-ed style, despite the story being filed in the same place as Kotaku’s more regular journalism. What evidence…

Skulls of the Shogun, one of the best games of 2013.

Video Games in One Sentence, 2013 Ed.

Last year, I wrote a one-sentence description of every game I played in 2012. I’m making this an annual tradition, so let the run-on sentences commence! Because throwing glowing adjectives in a sentence gets tiresome quickly, this is not intended to be fair in any way shape or form; some of these are serious commentary, some…

On Murder Simulators

“Murder simulator” has been one of the most popular rhetorical sledgehammers in the national FUD campaign against violent video games. Popularized by Dave Grossman in his 1996 book On Killing, the phrase was repeatedly used by provacateur Jack Thompson and the mainstream media when attempting to tie violent video games to real-life killings. The term wasn’t just…

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This Is Not a Story About Gaming with Autism

Earlier this month, Joel Goodwin published “The Ethics of Selling Children,” an article questioning the increasing prominence of confessional writing in games blogging. He expresses the ambiguity I feel better than I ever could, and so I won’t repeat his points here (you really should read it); I can merely explain my personal struggle in…

Awesome Games from 2011, Part 1

Pet peeve of mine: back when I read Gamespot, I noticed that every year – bar none – they claimed that it had been one of the best years for gaming since X (usually 1998). They had no sense of relativity. It was embarrassing. That said: 2011 was, in my opinion, the best year for…

The Elder Scrolls VI: [Insert Location Here]

Note: This entry assumes some knowledge of the Elder Scrolls world. For a good primer, check out A Pocket Guide of the Empire, Third Edition. I’ve always wanted to start a band, despite having little interest in making music. I just want to NAME the band. Narrowing down the near-infinite possibilities to a single combinations…

PC “Michael”

There are few things I like more than game writing that is both humorous and makes a point. Rob Dubbin’s Some Russian (featured in issue #1 of Kill Screen) is probably the best example of that, and sadly I can’t link it because it’s a print exclusive, but this is pretty damn good too. I…