Author Archives: Dan Cox

Symposium: Tunic, August 4, 2022

Tunic (2022) revels in nostalgia. Playing the game, it is hard not to see echoes of the past from previous titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) and Dark Souls (2011). It is a game … Continue reading

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Symposium: Psychonauts 2, March 3, 2022

Psychonauts 2 (2021) is the long-awaited sequel to the initially commercial unsuccessful but critically praised game, Psyhonauts (2005). With nearly 16 years between the two, each presents very different approaches to level design, gameplay accessibility, and platformer combat. The second … Continue reading

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Symposium, November 4, 2021: Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! (2012) is an exemplar of an often-ignored genre of games named exergaming. Created by combining “exercise” with “gaming,” the portmanteau describes a classification of experiences using forms of gamification to encourage exercise and other health-related activities. In the … Continue reading

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Symposium: Crypt of the NecroDancer, June 3, 2021

This month, let’s examine Crypt of the NecroDancer (2015). In our pursuit of a vocabulary around what makes a roguelike game like the game Rogue (1980), let’s put Crypt of the NecroDancer (2015) up adjust traditional views of what makes … Continue reading

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Symposium: Tetris, February 4, 2021

Tetris has been around in one form or another since 1984. In the 36 years since its first creation, it has been ported to everything from the Game Boy to the iPod. It is, at least according to the listing … Continue reading

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Symposium: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Oct 1, 2020

We’re talking about Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (2012) this month. Although originally released in 1998, the Enhanced Edition is now the main entry-point to the game and its series for current audiences. Let’s talk about its success — and failures — … Continue reading

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Symposium: Heaven’s Vault, April 2, 2020

This month, we look at Heaven’s Vault (2019). It is available on Steam, GoG, and PS4. To start the conversation, play (or watch) at least the first hour of Heaven’s Vault (2019). This will give you a good idea of … Continue reading

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Symposium: Erica, October 3, 2019

Update: Rescheduled for October 10, 2019. The full motion video (FMV) genre seemingly died out in the late-1990s as increases in rendering technology helped games move into a more “realistic” turn. Yet, in recent years, Until Dawn (2015) and Her Story (2015) have returned … Continue reading

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Symposium: Return of the Obra Dinn, May 2, 2019

This month, we’re talking about Return of the Obra Dinn (2018). Discussion on Discord, 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium, December 6, 2018: Reigns: Her Majesty

What does it mean to be a queen? Can you balance the church, people, military, and economy? Reigns: Her Majesty (2017) gives a glimpse into a simulation of a medieval kingdom and its challenges. Let’s start our conversation there. As a … Continue reading

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