What I’ve Been Reading: January 14, 2018

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As we continue our journey into 2018, we inevitably accumulate more articles and thinkpieces. Here are some of the ones I accumulated this week: More

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Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2018

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2017 was a pretty amazing year for pop culture, and 2018 is also looking to be chock-full of goodies. Let’s take a look, shall we? More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2017

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For a lot of people, 2017 was a disappointing year, socially and politically. The pop cultural disappointments pale by comparison, but that’s not going to stop me from running them down. So I present to you 2017: The Year in Shit. More

The 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Video Games of 2017

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Man, what a year! Whatever your tastes, it’s hard to deny that 2017 was a phenomenal year for video games. Not only were there more interesting new releases each month than one could reasonably play, the entire medium felt re-energized and reinvigorated this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t attribute at least part of this newfound verve to the highly successful launch of the Nintendo Switch, the first console I ever purchased during its first year on the market. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for Mario.) But games as a whole felt bolder, more confident, more… themselves this year. The best games of 2017 felt comfortable in their skin, as if they knew exactly what they were doing and how they were going to accomplish it. This wasn’t a year of glorious, gorgeous messes; this was a year of sophistication and refinement.

Because there were so many good games in 2017, it was difficult to narrow my list down to just 10. There were some tough omissions, like Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, West of Loathing, and Persona 5, all of which would have made my top 10 in any other year. I also didn’t manage to get around to playing every game I wanted to (sorry, Horizon Zero Dawn, Everything, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), so just consider this a snapshot of the best of what 2017 had to offer in gaming. If you want the full list and ranking of the new games I played during the year, you can find it here.

Without further ado, here’s my top 10! More

What I’ve Been Reading: November 26, 2017

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Let’s get down and dirty with some links, shall we? More

What I’ve Been Reading: November 19, 2017

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This is a really good week for thinkpieces and the like. Motion controls, urban development, and parasitic fungi – all that and more in this week’s What I’ve Been Reading. More

Tacoma and the Uncanny Valley of Diversity

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I played Fullbright’s latest game, Tacoma, a couple of months ago, and I’ve been meaning to jot down my thoughts on it for a while. It’s a game I enjoyed quite a bit, and in all likelihood, it’ll end up making my year-end top 10. (It’s currently sitting at #5, sandwiched between What Remains of Edith Finch and Yakuza 0.) It tells a tense, compelling story, and its AR recording mechanic is brilliant. But it has one significant flaw that I want to address: its approach to diversity is just plain bizarre. More

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