Hiya. February sure is long for the shortest month, right?
This month, in our cover story, William Dowell chats with the folks behind the Videri String Quartet about arranging videogame music for chamber music and the surprising things that happen when they do. In service to this story, Seb Westcott contributes his third cover for the magazine, perhaps my favorite of the three.
The second feature, by Emma Kostopolus, takes a look at the way silent multiplayer fosters a different kind of videogame community. For our sponsored feature, Melissa King checks out Creature in the Well.
In the columns, Noah Springer gets back to listening to hip hop albums. Harry Rabinowitz checks out the comic work of Naoki Urasawa. Oluwatayo Adewole goes to Australia for the mess of Married at First Sight and tunes of No Fixed Address. Amanda Hudgins explores the unusual appeal of Regency era alternate universe fanfic. Diego Nicolás Argüello continues his chronicle of the Into the Spine Discord.
Meanwhile, Deirdre Coyle is looking forward to having a shitty night out at a bar when things get back to some semblance of normal and in the meantime enjoys shitfaced Arthur Morgan. Melissa King also pops in to sing the praises of Overwatch’s Mercy. Ben Sailer checks out the dystopia sim Cyberpunkland. Matt Marrone reads a crappy book that shall not be named.
Yussef Cole starts sounding a bit like me, honestly, as he starts to wonder about all the time he’s spending on this videogame stuff. Justin Reeve pops into Red Dead Redemption 2 to see what the architecture says about wealth and poverty. Rob Rich revisits FLCL. Adam Boffa brings it home with a look at Errol Morris’ documentary The Unknown Known, about known remorseless liar Donald Rumsfeld.
And there you have it! Stay warm, use a wide stance when shoveling snow and we’ll see you in two weeks with the next Exploits!
Kearny, New Jersey
February 13, 2021