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The Violence Games (I. Subjects of Criticism)

5 December 2017 admin 0

First of three parts. The knee-jerk reaction of gamers to any suggestion of a link between video game violence and actual violence is to strenuously deny that such a link exists–which is basically correct (as most knee-jerk reactions are, their low place in rhetoric notwithstanding). Gamers are rightfully fed up […]

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Review: “Bioshock: Infinite”

2 December 2017 admin 0

WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for Bioshock: Infinite, although possibly only in other dimensions. Bioshock: Infinite is a “more is more” expansion of the Bioshock template, this time moved from an underwater city to a city that floats in the sky. Infinite inherits the strengths and shortcomings of its predecessors, but also makes some […]

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Review: “Tomb Raider”

29 November 2017 admin 0

TRIGGER WARNING: This review discusses depictions of sexual assault. WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for Tomb Raider.   Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider is a “reimagining” of one of gaming’s most hallowed franchises. It may be useful here to reflect on the profound ways that the preceding TR games have […]