What I’ve Been Reading: April 23, 2017

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A short one this week, with minimal commentary, because you probably touch yourself at night and don’t deserve maximal commentary. More

AAA Gaming in the Age of YouTube and Twitch

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No What I’ve Been Reading this week, but instead you get an actual blog post. Huzzah!

Lately, I’ve been thinking lately the kinds of AAA games that developers have been making recently. I’ve also been thinking about the kinds of AAA games that I’ve been playing. And I’ve also been thinking about the kinds of AAA games that I want to play.

What developers are making: Massive open-world games
What I’ve been playing: Massive open-world games
What I want to play: 10-hour linear experiences

Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against open-world games – but I get the feeling that developers have abandoned linear experiences almost entirely, and the rise of YouTube and Twitch might explain why. More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2014

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Warning: This piece discusses sexual assault, domestic abuse, physical assault, and child abuse. If you don’t want to read about that stuff, then don’t read this piece.

It’s time for Refrigerator Rants’ most-treasured annual tradition! Every year, I take a look back at the pop cultural works, events, or occurrences that disappointed me or large numbers of other people. (I’ve decided that I’m equivalent to large numbers of other people.) This year had no shortage of crappy pop culture. In fact, there was so much garbage this year that the perennial tenth-place finisher, the Academy Awards telecast, got knocked off the list. Congratulations, 2014! You managed to produce at least 10 things that were worse than the Oscars this year. Bravo! More