How shall we describe that curious beast, the Millennial? What is it? What does it want? Within what span of years, exactly, was it born? These questions vex writers of the popular discourse who take an interest in generational trends. For those armchair sociologists, I present a new specimen of the breed: the protagonist of Frances […]

Peanut butter and jelly. Cookies and milk. Video games and art history. Truly, I enjoy all the world’s natural pairings. But perhaps the last one could use some explaining. To that end, I submit this thesis: the dynamics of art history can teach us a great deal about video games. An example? Legacy of Kain: […]

Now that the fun is out of the way, I wish to be direct. Microsoft designed the Xbox One to be a powerful, relevant machine, and while it probably fails to meet my demands for the New Console, it looks to be a neat doohicky that doesn’t deserve its mediocre reputation. The days since the […]

So the big reveal came and went and I think we’re all justifiably annoyed. This new console proves just how distant our corporate overlords’ concerns are from our own. It represents a dangerous new direction for games and the end of quality gaming experiences. I am, of course, talking about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. […]

“Each generation has cried out for a new world, but has built the same old one, corrupt and weak.” Who says this? A villain. Obvi. How do I know? I recognize the cynicism and lack of faith in social progress as the damning shortcomings that, in fiction, surely accompany an antagonist. At least, I make […]

The hour of truth is nearly upon us. In one week, the successor to the Xbox will reveal itself to the world, and we, the thumbstick-twiddling ludics of that world, will know the shape of the much-prophesied Next Generation. The instruments of the mightiest sigils, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, shall align in orbit of the […]

When Dick Tracy debuted his wrist radio in 1946, no one had it because the thing had not been invented. When I first conceived of glasses that display information, I couldn’t buy such a machine because it hadn’t been invented. Once Google Glass debuts for public purchase, I will still not buy it because I […]