I see you.
Hitman (2016) is a game that conjures this spirit of the theater and allows me to flow through that liminal space of being directed while remaining free to wander the stage at my whim.
This wasn’t a boast but a call-to-arms, and there are many who took on the charge.
Anthems for sinking ships, as if the tide itself was a choleric spirit drawing you down to a lightless ocean floor.
Everspace 2 fulfills a similar desire to expand upon the past, in this case, more Star Fox vibrations.
In stealth games, I always aspire to be the ghost.
The many flavors of The West (of the United States, specifically) are boiled down to a single salty broth for cinematic consumption.
Ghosts captures an experienced sense of hope that blooms straight off of How It Feels.
We are meant to consider that this ability to compress their feelings into a box and hoist it themselves until their arms go numb is a kind of strength.
“Nostalgia’s a helluva drug, one that I’m not regularly predisposed towards.”
“Given the trajectory we’re on, perhaps it’s too soon for 2020 comeback stories. And yet I’m charged by the germination of long-term plans of cosmic revival, hopefully to flower as soon as possible.”
If the first song from Off Fire doesn’t sway you, well, there ain’t much else to bring you aboard. But for those open to receive their chained melodies and swirling dialogues, Truth Cult stands and delivers.
Sometimes the best stories are the ones that sneak up on you.
GTFO is a brutal, unforgiving, and niche experience.
Levi turns back the clock on videogame crit.
While playing the Netrunner tourney at PAX Unplugged, the most frequent topic of my eavesdropping was Crokinole.
This upcoming rogue-lite adventure novel has been two years in development, a bit before the annual Alaska race crashed through puppy Twitter, but happy to ride some of those waves nonetheless.
Levi serves up two more from PAX East.
Three mini essays for the price of one!
Regardless of what’s kept a card-based metaphor of practicing law from hitting kitchen tables across the globe in the past, Rock Manor games are toiling under green lampshades to fill in the gaps, by preparing their upcoming modular card game Lawyer Up for Kickstarter.
The game is called No Return because the one thing you must always remember is that there is no returning any pieces to the bag.
Hardcore is living, breathing music and this is a producer who understands that perfection is often the antidote to the swirling energy that swarms around good art.
We were blown away by not only how easy It’s a Wonderful World was to pick up and learn, but by how much fun it was despite the lack of any deep interpersonal activity.
Jonathan Hickman has given the X-Men new life, but how long will it last?
Cockfighters isn’t enough. I’m hungry for fresh Chavez every day.
The elegance of Obelisk Overthrow inspires me to think harder, as if clenching my jaw was what keeps me from conceptualizing a plan and executing it.
Families that fight together…fight together in fairly unsurprising ways.
Levi plays Kind Words, a game about comforting and being comforted.
Levi plays Cribbage With Grandpas, a game that conjures surprising memories of his ailing father.
Portrayal of Guilt wants to understand the nature of this grief, to luxuriate in totality of experience, which requires a balance—dissonant plucked chords and surgically precise blast beats.
Levi checks out Blackout Club and delights in the frights of being seen.
“When he suggested we attend a baseball game, I wasn’t shy in my disinterest. We lost touch immediately after that.”
Love Songs, by die Hoffnung, inspires Levi Rubeck to poetry.
I Need a New War makes its way with people that are difficult and neigh impossible to love, but demands that we do so anyways with a kind of firm tenderness.
Will future generations know about the simple technologies we take for granted but have a high likelihood of getting lost in the oncoming floods?
I dream of the actual sense of commanding space and time through piloting a vehicle
Intricate while free of self-indulgence, threaded with pop structures but heated up and twisted into gnarly, liminal forms, Jawbox was music that forced you to pay attention.
Benjamin Soulé’s Voidrun expertly navigates limitation, inspiration, and curse-sputtering difficulty.
Building off similar grunge and noise-rock vibes as Made Out of Babies, Elizabeth Colour Wheel builds out from that frame.