Category Archives: Theory & Criticism

How Text Enhances A Game’s Mechanic

Brunt Matches is visual novel game with a choose your own adventure style story and a concrete poetry style interface. The game consists of a screen with a concrete poem. You can click on the green words which will end the

How Text Enhances A Game’s Mechanic

Brunt Matches is visual novel game with a choose your own adventure style story and a concrete poetry style interface. The game consists of a screen with a concrete poem. You can click on the green words which will end the

A Comparative Analysis between Films and Games

quinn797 argues that Run Lola Run is like a save point in a video game. In the movie, Lola “respawns” three times and the situation changes each time. This is similar to how a save point in a video game

A Comparative Analysis between Films and Games

quinn797 argues that Run Lola Run is like a save point in a video game. In the movie, Lola “respawns” three times and the situation changes each time. This is similar to how a save point in a video game

The Importance of Pokemon

What series is the highest grossing media franchise, second best selling video game franchise series, and has more spin-off content than you can shake a leg at? Pokemon. After 22 years, it is still going strong. But why is it

The Importance of Pokemon

What series is the highest grossing media franchise, second best selling video game franchise series, and has more spin-off content than you can shake a leg at? Pokemon. After 22 years, it is still going strong. But why is it

The Stigma Surrounding Handhelds and “Filthy Casuals”

My first gaming console was a Flame Red Game Boy Advance SP. I got it for my birthday one year with a copy of Pokemon Sapphire. It sparked my unending love of games. But to many of the people in

The Stigma Surrounding Handhelds and “Filthy Casuals”

My first gaming console was a Flame Red Game Boy Advance SP. I got it for my birthday one year with a copy of Pokemon Sapphire. It sparked my unending love of games. But to many of the people in

Death In Videogames

How do you feel when a character dies in a video game? No like seriously. Do you feel happy? Do you feel sad? Do you only care if it is a plot important character? Do you only care because you’ll

Death In Videogames

How do you feel when a character dies in a video game? No like seriously. Do you feel happy? Do you feel sad? Do you only care if it is a plot important character? Do you only care because you’ll

Thunderbird Strike!

By saying”the game doesn’t judge you,” LaPensee refers to the different approaches when playing Thunderbird Strike. In the game, players can either choose to destroy the construction sites that have caused great damage to the local environment or to restore

Thunderbird Strike!

By saying”the game doesn’t judge you,” LaPensee refers to the different approaches when playing Thunderbird Strike. In the game, players can either choose to destroy the construction sites that have caused great damage to the local environment or to restore

The Satisfaction of the Headshot

In her essay on the mechropolitics of video games, Amana Phillips writes: “The mechropolitical function of the ragdoll—that is, its role as a political mechanic of death in gaming—is centered on the way ragdoll physics literally objectify a body, bypassing

The Satisfaction of the Headshot

In her essay on the mechropolitics of video games, Amana Phillips writes: “The mechropolitical function of the ragdoll—that is, its role as a political mechanic of death in gaming—is centered on the way ragdoll physics literally objectify a body, bypassing