Game Review: The Beginner’s Guide

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As is the case for all game reviews on this blog, this review is intended for people who have played the game. As such, it contains spoilers. You’ve been warned!

I haven’t written a game review in a long time, and that’s mainly because I’ve been slow to complete new titles recently. But I wanted to write this review if only to push back against some weird misinterpretations of the game that I’ve seen floating around.

On Friday afternoon, I posted a comment to the A.V. Club’s Gameological section asking what games fellow commenters would redesign from the ground up. By sheer coincidence, later that day, I played The Beginner’s Guide and realized that it would fit well in that category. It’s tempting to play the part of backseat game designer when reviewing a game, and since I’m not a professional reviewer, I’m going to give into that temptation. The Beginner’s Guide has a kernel of a good idea in it, but it’s utterly misguided in execution and needs to be redesigned from the ground up. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 27, 2015

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A quick one this week with minimal commentary, because I have other stuff to do. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 20, 2015

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I read some stuff on the Internet this past week. Here is a subset of it. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 13, 2015

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I read a lot this week and didn’t write anything. Expect that trend to continue for a while. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 6, 2015

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As I continue not to write regular blog entries, I still find time to round up What I’ve Been Reading every week. Forgive me, dear readers. Or don’t. It’s your life. I don’t even know you. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 30, 2015

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A brief What I’ve Been Reading this week, to tide you over until I actually write another blog entry. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 23, 2015

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Crashes, hacks, and a whole lot of disaster. Sounds like What I’ve Been Reading! More

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