A section of the world map from The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Travel of Various Kinds

November 16, 2012 / 0 comments

I have a thing up at Nightmare Mode! It’s called How our perception of space in games changes depending on our maps. It’s an expansion of one of the pieces of the “Steps and Leaps” series that I’d been planning before I was very flatteringly invited to join up with the NM relaunch, along with a…

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Your First Steps

August 17, 2012 / 1 comment

When did you take your first steps in a game? Do you remember? My first steps were in Freddy’s Rescue Roundup, a plinky little Lode Runner clone that shipped with my parents’ first home computer. It was the first videogame I remember playing. You walked to pick up little chickens, because you’re a chicken thief I guess, and…

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Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins, a dark-haired, light-skinned woman seen in profile wearing a staff and mage's robes.

Tell Me Some Stories about Morrigan

June 25, 2012 / 4 comments

Sometimes when I’m working on a piece and want to get out of my own head, I’ll open up a question on Twitter on some subject. This usually yields great stuff, but it’s stuck in 140 characters and it can be hard to find the answers later. So I’m gonna start doing it here instead….

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Screenshot from Shira Oka: Second Chances, with the main character in bed and the caption: "You rub your eyes groggily and glance at the calendar next to your bed."

New Stuff Imminent

June 23, 2012 / 0 comments

Just a heads up that there’ll be some new content here come July. I’m going to try out a slightly new format, where I set a theme each month and write a few short or mid-length posts on aspects of it. It’s an attempt to tighten up my writing and mitigate my tendency to make…

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New Robot Geek post: Back and Forth

June 13, 2011 / 0 comments

I’ve got a new post up at Robot Geek. Check it out. It’s about replayability and why we care about it. It’s inspired by a research paper I came across in the course of my day job, which makes it a weird worlds-colliding kind of thing for me. I’d like to dedicate this one to @LadyAether,…

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New Robot Geek post: The Hostile Guide

June 7, 2011 / 0 comments

I have a new post up at Robot Geek called The Hostile Guide. Check it out. It expands upon some of the ideas from my review of Loved and other games. It’s also an examination of a storytelling trope that is mostly unique to videogames. I’m planning to do more of those in the future….

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May 25, 2011 / 0 comments

So, I’m writing at the group blog RobotGeek now, apropos the offer on this post.  In embarrassing related news, you can now reach me through email by clicking the avatar head on the sidebar. The deal is that I’ll be writing longer weekly (!) features at RobotGeek.  Here’s one, go read it!  While you’re at…

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