2013 in Video Gaming

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2013 was an interesting year in gaming. It saw the launch of two new consoles – three if you count the Ouya1. More and more independent titles came onto the market, many of them achieving a great deal of both critical and commercial success. There were more options than ever before for gamers, and there was no possible way I could play every single release I wanted to.

But I did manage to play enough games to compile a list of my 10 favourite games of 2013, along with some honourable and dishonourable mentions. Also, since I don’t currently own a console, all games on this list are PC games. Without further ado, let’s dive in. More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 7, 2013

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This week, on What I’ve Been Reading: Maria is now dating Ricardo, but little does she know that he’s seeing Cristina on the side. Meanwhile, Javier is being blackmailed by El Queso Grande.

Okay, none of that is really happening. I just thought I’d spice things up by turning What I’ve Been Reading into a Mexican telenovela. This week’s links are after the jump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: March 24, 2013

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Three articles for you this week, served à la mode. (Ice cream not included.) Let’s dig in, shall we? More

Game Review: Tomb Raider


As is the case with all game reviews on this blog, this review will assume that you’ve played the game, i.e. it may contain spoilers.

Tomb Raider is about a lot of things. It’s about survival. It’s about sacrifice. It’s about loyalty, friendship, and faith. It’s about insanity and fear. It’s about perseverance. It’s about other abstract nouns. But despite being about a lot of different concepts, Tomb Raider never manages to make them coalesce into a single, unified message. The game lacks a thesis statement, a raison d’être. There is really nothing at its core. Tomb Raider is an empty vessel – an enjoyable, exciting, undeniably well-made vessel – but an empty one nonetheless. More

Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

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2012 is now well behind us (and the world didn’t end, yay!) so it’s time to look forward to remainder of 2013 and the various entertainments it will bring. There’s a lot to look forward to this year, from new music from well-loved bands to video games with spectacular trailers. (Whether those video games will manage to live up to their trailers is another matter entirely.) Here are the 10 things I’m looking forward to most in 2013:

What I’ve Been Reading: July 8, 2012

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Here’s another packed edition of What I’ve Been Reading. Your weekly dose of thoughtful thinkpieces and amusing articles follows after the jump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: June 24, 2012

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It’s Sunday, folks! And that can only mean one thing: another endlessly fascinating edition of What I’ve Been Reading. After the jump, I’ve got links to another collection of articles, editorials, and thinkpieces. More

Mindless Iconoclasm, Vol. 5: Tomb Raider, Sexual Assault, and the Great Promotional Disconnect


Mindless Iconoclasm is a series of pieces where I present an unpopular pop cultural opinion of mine and then attempt to defend it. This time, I take on the recent Tomb Raider controversy. WARNING: this piece discusses sexual assault in a serious manner but also contains numerous crude jokes. If either of those things or their presence in the same article offends you, then consider yourself forewarned.

Consider, if you will, the following scenario: a new supermarket is opening in town. As a promotion, the parent company sends you a bag of carrots.1 One of the assistant managers at the soon-to-open supermarket tells you that one of the carrots in the bag is actually a dildo.2 There are clearly no dildos in the bag. However, now the media have gotten wind of the story and are accusing the supermarket of being a sex shop in disguise. As ridiculous as that may sound, that’s what’s happening right now with the controversy over Tomb Raider and executive producer Ron Rosenberg’s interview with Kotaku. More