• Game Review,  Local Multiplayer Monday

    Local Multiplayer Monday – Wargroove

    In Local Multiplayer Mondays, we’ll feature a game that you can sit on the couch and play with friends on a variety of systems. Because sometimes we miss playing games with real people. Our first feature is… Wargroove Game type: turn based strategy game Players: up to 4 Play time: matches can take hours, but it depends on your playstyle and map. Systems: PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One Fans of Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars will love Wargroove by Chucklefish, a turn based strategy game with cute stylized art and dozens of maps that will keep you entertained for hours. Players choose one of twelve factions, each with a commander…

  • Game Criticism,  Game Review

    Lacan and Limbo: Playing Games with the Mirror Stage

    (this game previously appeared on Dialog Wheel).    My glowing-eyed character bounds forward with child-like enthusiasm, arms swinging at his sides as I direct him to the right, the universal direction of “forward progress” in platforming games. He comes to the edge of a cliff, and I pause for a moment. I can’t see all the way to the bottom, but there doesn’t seem to be another way down. I urge my character down the steep slope, and he slides along the embankment, arms out to balance him, hair blowing in a virtual breeze. His movement is abruptly cut short at the bottom of the cliff, which is loaded with…

  • Game Criticism,  Game Review

    Letters from a Murder Suspect: Her Story Review

    Long before your cousin started wearing Invader Zim t-shirts and watching The Crow on a loop, gothic fiction flourished. Even if you’re not familiar with the tropes of gothic literature,  you’re probably familiar with some of the more famous works: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and the entire library of Edgar Allen Poe. Tales of gothic fiction typically feature dark and brooding anti-heroes with daddy issues, girls who hang out in moldering castles, and the ghosts of dead relatives or love interests. Given these tropes, it may seem strange to examine the video game Her Story through the lens of gothic fiction, but a closer look at the game reveals its tortured gothy soul.…