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Joanna Tova Price has a lot of heart.

Bernband (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #1

Hey Dylan,
Bernband was a short, interesting exploratory game. For readers who don’t know, it’s a short game by Tom that drops you into an alien world (they’re called the Pff, so good) where you can run around and watch aliens be aliens. That’s the whole game. I will say upfront that there were some perspective […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|3 Comments

Longest Night and Lost Constellation (PC Games) [Open Letter Series] #2

Hey Dylan,
A libguide, blog post, or other resource that compiled and categorized a list of high quality, free to play games would be an excellent resource for the public and also for other librarians! That sounds like a great project, if you ever find the time for it. I feel like Facebook has been on the […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|2 Comments

Longest Night and Lost Constellation (PC Games) [Open Letter Series] #1

Hey Dylan,

I definitely agree with you that there is a layered mythological story here. At almost every access point (story, aesthetic, interface), […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|2 Comments

The Administration of Identity Vs. The Experience of Identity (A Series, Part 3 of 4)

Triggering: Preventing normal function by causing a person to relive past trauma.

I have been engaging in the ongoing debate around trigger warnings in a very limited way for a straightforward, if judgmental reason: I do not think the debate is being had on behalf of the ideas it tries to claim jurisdiction over (yes, I know, […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Humanities & Social Thought, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Child at the Wordletting

Preparing for an event of this size was an ongoing effort and was a key part of how they kept unemployment down in Kioskope. Accommodating a global audience required specific kinds of architectural engineering, of course, but there was also a lot of necessary unskilled labor. Andrew Sartrovsky spent most of his time at the […]

By |December 4th, 2016|Fiction|0 Comments

Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #2

This is a response to Dylan’s reply to my first post about Quadrilateral Cowboy.

Hey Dylan,

I think you’re right that my coding experience made the puzzles less exciting in the way you describe (the feeling of genius). But I also agree that for many people, especially people who are immediately engaged by puzzles, this game offers […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Hey Dylan, Media, PC Games|1 Comment

On Staring At the Ceiling As A Legitimate Activity

I do a lot, I must say, to “give my brain a break.” I have a six book stack of YA fiction, mostly taken from book nerds on Tumblr, that I am working my way through. These are the kinds of books where nothing is remotely real, but most of it is quite enjoyable for […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Dear Diary|0 Comments

Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC Game) [Open Letter Series]

Hey Dylan,
Quadrilateral Cowboy was, for me, interesting in that it combined a sort of dystopian technocratic future with a puzzle game that, in terms of its own mechanics, was more serious (it made me think of The Witness, only insofar as how non-casual it sees itself as a puzzle game).  It’s hard not to analogize, like a more serious Portal. […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|2 Comments

1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #2

Hey Dylan,
With player agency and games, we obviously run the gamut. I have played games where the apparent player agency doesn’t exist (e.g.,  it turns out that your character is lying regardless of what you choose in the dialog box). There’s the basic agency to continue, as opposed to turning off the computer. There are minor deviations, major deviations, and […]

By |September 28th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|3 Comments

If I Were Queen of the Universe: My Royal List of Demands

But if I were queen of the universe, this is what I’d want to see:

– Recognition that “leader of the free world” is not the same thing as “leader of the earth.” For most of human history, we have lived with the possibility that some people far away from us could make decisions and take […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Dear Diary|0 Comments