When I was in my undergraduate Political Science program, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do with my undergrad thesis. See, I had spent the past year working to put together a study on the effect on narrative within a video game on political attitudes, something which at the time hadn’t […]Read More In order to be, never try to seem: Read Only Memories and misuderstanding genre
Star Trek has been in my life for literally as long as I can remember. I remember when I was very young, my father would set the VCR to record the week’s TNG episode while he was at work and watch it after dinner. I grew up watching the three “second generation” shows […]Read More Perhaps man wasn’t meant for paradise: a retrospective on Star Trek Discovery, season 1
I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to write about this franchise several times now. One of the largest difficulties has been my own ambivalence toward the games–I both adore and despise them. Well, I mostly adore the 1st and mostly despise the 2nd, but we’ll get into that. So instead of diving right in, I’d like to set […]Read More Love and Hate: Mass Effect
I’d like to start a series here where I put out a few of my opinions which go against the grain. Like I said in a previous post, I recognize that I often fall outside of the target audience for a lot of big-budget productions, and I’m okay with that. It doesn’t make me right […]Read More Unpopular Opinions: Wonder Woman wasn’t that great
Something very strange happened this week: EA announced that it would drop real-money microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront 2. And while I am the first to cheer for a big company like EA being forced to back down from predatory monetization schemes, this event is just a chapter in a larger story about how […]Read More If I Were a Rich Man: money and games
I don’t know if I’m going to see the upcoming Star Wars films in theaters. That is a statement which would have been unthinkable for me five years ago. Which, in retrospect, is a little odd since I hadn’t really enjoyed any new Star Wars material for a while. I liked Episode I when […]Read More That’s not how the force works: How can something so good be so boring?
I remember very clearly the first time I played a video game. I was visiting my grandparents and my uncle, who would have been fourteen, called me over to show me this new computer game he was playing. He booted up the old machine, put a floppy disk into the drive, and ran a few […]Read More A pixel is worth a thousand words (but more isn’t always better)
Most games fully voice over their dialogue. Should they?Read More Silence is golden: A case against voice over in games