What I’ve Been Reading: April 20, 2014

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I’m back! And this week, I’ve got actual things for you to read. Hooray! More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 13, 2014

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Sorry, guys. There was nothing interesting on the Internet this week. Go home and get some rest.

What I’ve Been Reading: April 6, 2014

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Get your reading glasses on. It’s time to be amazed by what the Internet has to offer! More

What I’ve Been Reading: March 30, 2014

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Lots of links for you this week. I’m overfeeding you guys. More

DLC Review: BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea, Episode 2

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As is the case with all game reviews on the blog, this review assumes that you’ve played the game in question. As such, it contains spoilers for both the main game and the DLC. You’ve been warned.

Episode 2 of Burial at Sea opens with Elizabeth enjoying a lazy afternoon in a fantasy version of Paris. Children frolic in the streets, while artists and shopkeepers joyfully hawk their wares. There’s a bright sun in the sky, and flowers line the windowsills. This fantasy not only represents an indulgence for Elizabeth, who has always wanted to visit Paris, but also for the player, who could spent a good half-hour just soaking in the sights and sounds.

Of course, this indulgence isn’t real, and the fantasy soon gives way to grim reality: Elizabeth is passed out, hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, and she’s no closer to finding Sally than she was before. Thus, episode 2′s introduction serves as a recap of one of the messages of the main game: a constructed reality is nothing but a temporary indulgence; it can’t last.

Given the game’s warnings against indulgence, it’s ironic that episode 2 ends up feeling quite indulgent, as if it’s just as interested in amusing the devs as it is in entertaining players. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it holds the DLC back from its full potential. More

What I’ve Been Reading: March 23, 2014

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Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014 just wrapped up earlier this week, and I’d like to use this What I’ve Been Reading to link to some articles about the talks that were given there. More

What I’ve Been Reading: March 16, 2014

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I’m busy this weekend, so I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum. Links after the break. More

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