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November 13th

I don’t want to callously overstate the importance of games at a time like this. There’s so much to be done to change the conditions that have led to Brexit, Trump, and right-wing gains in other Euro-American countries, and speaking personally, I…

November 6th

It’s a new month and a time of shiny new treats for games writing. This week saw the launch of Waypoint, which seems to have allowed the Vice Gaming crew to grow a bit and build their own set of interests and…

October 23rd

With just one week to go until All Hallow’s Eve, many games critics are considering the scariest thing of all: our Kafkaesque relationship with institutions of power. Mwahahahaha. Opponents by chance Starting this week’s roundup are three pieces on randomness, chance, and…

What has been written about the first endless runners?

Reader question: I’m going to be giving a presentation on endless runners, and wanted to know if you had any documentation to get me started. I will basically be documenting the history and talking a little about innovations, exemplar titles, and differences between clones/reskins and innovation. I wondered if you’d identified the ‘original endless runner’? Canabalt is the earliest I can think of.

October 9th

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about what the goals of criticism should be. I’ve been involved in this for years and yet I’m still not immune to these periodic internal crises of identity. Thankfully, some of the pieces that came…

New website! Part 1: search

I’m excited to be hearing so much positive feedback about the new site design. I’ve been working hard to make this into a meaningful improvement to the experience of people coming here for the first time or checking in on a regular…

October 2nd

Welcome to our swanky new website! It’s been an intense week of web development, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt quite this proud of a website I’ve worked on. I hope you like what you see, and do let me know…

September 25th

I’m blown away by the volume of high-quality writing this week. All the great stuff seems to be coming out at once! It’s overwhelming. To make it all a little easier to digest, I’ve broken this week’s roundup into four parts. Take…