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Symposium, February 1st: Universal Paperclips (and Incremental Games)

Everything. Everything in its right place. The system has a task. A task and a purpose. For incremental games like Universal Paperclips, that task and that purpose becomes our own as we become both the rules of the system and … Continue reading

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Symposium: Undertale, January 4, 2018

For our January symposium, we will be discussing Undertale (2015). Available on Steam, GoG, and PSN, Undertale (2015) turns many conventions and assumptions about the RPG genre upside-down and inside-out. Offering the ability to end conflicts through “Mercy” options and … Continue reading

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Symposium: Nier: Automata, December 7, 2017

For our December Symposium, I’d like to talk about Nier: Automata.  I’m particularly interesting in linking it to our recent discussion of Her Story and, especially, Tacoma: discussing the games’ different approaches to viewing the same scene from multiple characters’ … Continue reading

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Symposium: Her Story, November 3, 2017

The November Symposium will be on Her Story, hosted by Pat Holleman. In Pat’s words: Thursday’s game will be Her Story.  I want to say as little about it as possible, because it is such an unorthodox game.  As of … Continue reading

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Symposium 5 October 2017: Tacoma

We had some good preliminary conversation about what exactly we (or anyone) might mean by the term “walking simulator,” in relation to What Remains of Edith Finch. Though the original, pejorative intent behind the phrase seems to me unhelpful, the idea … Continue reading

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Symposium, September 7th: Breath of the Wild

As its name might suggest, mythology has always served as the foundation for The Legend of Zelda. Throughout its history, its songs of champions found many forms across the Hyrulean ages, from the sunken legacy of Wind Waker to the … Continue reading

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Symposium: What Remains of Edith Finch, August 3, 2017

The game What Remains of Edith Finch (2017) presents a series of interconnected moments revolving around a premise posed as an implicit question: in the end, are we simply stories other people tell about us? This Thursday, at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT, … Continue reading

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