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Bernband (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #2

Hey Dylan,

I think there are a couple of reasons going in that I felt like there might be some reaction from the NPCs, which is notably different than interaction. The […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Hey Dylan, PC Games|1 Comment

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

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

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

Cameraperson (film)

The film Cameraperson is a memoir by documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, perhaps most famous for the documentary Citizenfour. The film, which is comprised of footage she has shot over the years for different documentaries, ran the risk of being a “clips movie,” and in fact it does take the viewer a few minutes to cotton […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Film and TV, Media|0 Comments

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

[Note: This is a reply to a letter written by Dylan Holmes over at his blog, as part of a game blogging series we are doing monthly. This month, we are discussing 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – a game about Iran in 1979. In addition, his response to this letter can be found here, and I finish […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Hey Dylan, Media, Non-Fiction, PC Games, Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Administration of Identity Vs. The Experience of Identity (A Series, Part 2 of 4)

{Spoilers for BOY MEETS WORLD and for the new film, “Don’t Think Twice.”}

I came across this meme on Facebook not too long ago. I reposted it with the note: “Unless you legitimately want to, in which case, you do you.” To my surprise, there was a lot of backlash. For many people commenting on the […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Humanities & Social Thought, Media, Non-Fiction|0 Comments