What I’ve Been Reading: February 4, 2018

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This was supposed to go up last week, but I forgot. So have it this week instead! More

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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

What I’ve Been Reading: January 7, 2018

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is all about East Asia. So let’s hop on a plane and get to it! More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 24, 2017

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YouTube is imploding. Or at least YouTubers are. Read on to find out why! More

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

What I’ve Been Reading: May 29, 2016

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Since I took last weekend off to write a review of Uncharted 4, which you should go read, I’ve accumulated a gigantic load of links for your perusal. Let’s dive in, shall we? 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

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