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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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Symposium, November 1, 2018: Yakuza 0

This month’s Symposium will be on Yakuza 0.  It’s a game with an unusually detailed setting (and, even more unusually, a series with a persistently detailed setting!); I’d like to talk about how that setting drags the game’s center of … Continue reading

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Symposium, 4 October 2018: Narrative as game–an experiment

As I mentioned at the last symposium, I’m hoping to push forward our conversation around talking about games, stories, and performance with an experimental ruleset. So I’m hoping that before Thursday night (and we’ll take ten minutes to do this … Continue reading

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Symposium: Inside, September 6, 2016

This month’s Symposium will be on the game Inside.  Pat will be leading the discussion; here’s some thoughts from him to kick us off: Playdead’s INSIDE is a platformer/horror game that tells a story without a single word of dialogue.  … Continue reading

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Symposium, August 2nd: Earthbound and Faith in Video Games

One of the earliest pieces of “serious” games criticism that I can remember reading on the internet was a sprawl of text from Tim Rogers about Earthbound, a role-playing game released for the Super Nintendo in 1995. Pinballing wildly from … Continue reading

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Symposium: Night in the Woods, June 7, 2018

Night in the Woods (2017) asks us to consider the mundane life of a college drop-out. The banal day-to-day of a small town. Until, that is, it doesn’t. It is the story of returning to a small midwestern town and … Continue reading

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Symposium: The Last Guardian, May 3, 2018

For our May Symposium, we’ll be talking about The Last Guardian.  I imagine we’ll spend a fair amount of time comparing the game with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, but I’m particularly interested in talking about Trico, comparing them … Continue reading

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