Video Game Genres – Action

Featuring blockbuster titles like Tomb Raider, Half-Life, Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham games, as well as lesser-known indie titles like Furi and the effervescent One Finger Death Punch.

Jedi Fallen Order: On Place and Self

So we moved house recently, and while we were packing we had Star Wars on in the background. And I was thinking – you know, it’s obviously been difficult to talk meaningfully about Star Wars over the past few years. There’s so much outrage and manufactured discontent that it feels like swimming through soup just…

Arkham City: On Place and Control

One of my favourite moments in Arkham City comes after the Demon Trials with Ra’s al Ghul. You’re exiting from Wonder City, passing back up through the subway, and you hear one of Joker’s thugs lecturing Penguin’s hired help. By this point you’ve already defeated Penguin, and his men are scattered and disheartened. Captured by…

Arkham Asylum: On Repression

We were talking recently about sight in Arkham Asylum, and I said that we were working up to a bit more of a long haul through some of the visual design of the Arkham games. Architecture and visual design can be slippery to talk about – because we’re not just discussing the elements in themselves,…

Arkham Asylum: On Sight

Let’s talk about sight in Arkham Asylum. Recently I’ve been thinking about doing a longer comparative piece on the Arkham games – something about the different architectural styles, how they change from one game through to the next, and what that says about their different stakes and themes. We’re going to end up with a…

Ryse Son of Rome: On Civilization

There’s a special place in my heart for 6 / 10 game narratives that hit all their major beats. When a game has a story that’s unambitious, pretty derivative, something you could reconstruct entirely from the pieces of other stories – but that still manages to hit all its beats – to me, that’s just…

Arkham Knight: The Hierarchy of Villains

We’re familiar with the idea that the different major villains in the Batman universe reflect different aspects of Batman’s personality. Two-Face shows how the quest for justice can become a quest for vengeance; the Penguin reflects a twisted version of Bruce Wayne’s wealth; Mr Freeze his research and scientific skills. The Joker, depending on the…

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