Category Archives: Symposium

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: The Forgotten City, July 7, 2022

For our July symposium, we’re discussing The Forgotten City. I’d like to relate that to our recent discussion of time loop games, and in particular to talk about the game’s affordances for that sort of puzzle. And talking about Roman … Continue reading

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Symposium, June 2nd – Majora’s Mask

Like a Groundhog Day gone wrong, we will relive and relearn the recurring nightmare of Termina in Majora’s Mask and explore just how far one of gaming’s most beloved franchises is willing to dive into existential despair. It’s dangerous to … Continue reading

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Symposium 5 May 2022: Elden Ring

Really I just want to hear everyone else talk about any/all of the following: What specific characteristics of the game set it up for discussion as “the greatest video game of all time”? Is the lore intentionally impenetrable? What comparisons … 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, December 2nd – Outer Wilds

We launch once more into the void on Thursday at 8:30 EDT / 7:30 CDT / 5:30 PDT, with voice chat over Discord, to continue our exploration of space through the clockwork universe of Outer Wilds.

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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, October 7, 2021: Bowser’s Fury

In this month’s Symposium we’ll be discussing Bowser’s Fury. Some topics I’d like to hit on: This is the first Mario game to go all-in on being an open world; that both to broader trends but also has points in … Continue reading

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Symposium, 2 September 2021: The Cooperative Adventure Card Game

“Cooperative Adventure Card Game” (CACG) is my term for the genre that includes the LCGs I’ve been bringing to my last few symposia. What is it, though? Clearly the genre comprises not only The Lord of the Rings: The Card … Continue reading

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Symposium, 5 August 2021: Super Metroid

For this month’s symposium, new moderator Captain Quasar will lead our discussion on this classic. He writes: Thank you for allowing me to lead this symposium, especially for a game I love so much. Super Metroid is considered one of … Continue reading

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