The Magic Circle opens both game design and game function as narrative elements, in a structure that encourages players to deconstruct game mechanics at the same time as they use […]
In the end and despite its flaws, The Incarnations is an entrancing novel that will keep you interested and engaged from the first page to the last, and I highly […]
At times a kind of 16th century Ocean’s Eleven mixed with poignant ruminations upon the powerlessness of the individual in the face of overwhelming church authority, Buckley’s novel swings unexpectedly […]
At its core, Firewatch doesn’t merely tell you about issues like depression, loneliness, and the ethics of escape; it uses game design to make you experience those themes yourself, […]
Both of these collections, in their own ways, explore the past as a means of understanding the present, and while Searcy’s work is compelling but ultimately unmemorable, Sacks has written […]
Though it has its problems, XCOM 2 is the best squad based tactics game to come out in a long time, and if you like thoughtful strategy with a healthy […]
The Beginner’s Guide is the latest product of Davey Wreden, the mad genius behind 2011’s surprise hit The Stanley Parable, and while this new entry lacks the signature dry wit […]
City on Fire is clearly an unbelievably ambitious book that, in the end, falls rather flat. And after nine hundred pages, flat is not a position readers want to find […]
Her Story is a perfect blend of video game mechanics, film techniques, and narrative structure that indicates the future heights in complex storytelling to which gaming can ascend.
A good, at times great, collection of short stories, and despite its problems, it’s one of the best to come out in a long time. Skip it at your peril.
A game where the magic is in the margins rather than the core, and if you’re okay with that sort of experience, you should get it. If not, well…
A storyteller’s dream, perhaps literally.
Do you like Pirates, Cowboys, and Spaceships? If yes, this is your game. If no, reboot your robotic soul and try again.
May the literature gods forgive me, but the movie is better than the book.
The scariest part of this game is the RNG.
A good book, if you go in with the right expectations.