Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played, Part One: “The Beginner’s Guide”

[Warning: Spoilers for The Beginner's Guide may be found below] It seems we have entered into a golden age of deconstuctive, postmodern, indie games within the last three or four years. In 2013 we were given The Stanley Parable and the first act of Kentucky Route Zero, each eschewing traditional gameplay for quirky narrative exploration … Continue reading Deconstruction, the Player, and the Played, Part One: “The Beginner’s Guide”

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Why Do I Do This?

There are these reoccurring moments in my life where I ask myself, "why do I do this?" A "This" can be many things. Sometimes "this" is writing a blog. Sometimes "this" is going to college, or pursuing my major in a vague liberal-artsy-fartsy academic field. In the darkest parts of my life, my "this" was … Continue reading Why Do I Do This?

The Internet is for (some) Work

The Internet. According to many authors, psychologists, and historians, the Internet is the bane of reading and writing: the anathema to the patient, thoughtful mind. So often the Internet, and the youth who use it so frequently, are blamed for an (apparently) collapsing creative culture. These accusations usually point to the same set of symptoms: … Continue reading The Internet is for (some) Work