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.
Joy in this game is finding solace in purgatory, stealing time from your corporate overlords, demanding value in one’s self not because of what you produce for your British AI warden.
Cutting through my notes of PAX East 2019 (and earlier, gulp) to drop a few thoughts on small, punchy games coming forth hopefully soon.
Creature in the Well is a sly title that purports that everything’s all been laid out.
Streets of Rage 4 is as much a mixtape rhythm game as it was a brawl simulator.
There’s more to Outerloop Games’s Falcon Age than the titular falcon.
A pinch of Titanfall, a little Mega Man, a fair shake of a couple Zelda’s, all coming from the well-seasoned sprite chefs at Tribute, I was already on board with Panzer Paladin.
Like black clothes and classic jams, some things never go out of style, and we might as well just pin ninjas to the list now and forever.
They were young, money and booze and tour life made things shitty, then it all fell apart, it’s nothing really new or altogether special.
Angel Du$t fooled the old fans by daring each to hate this laser-beam of everything they’ve ever worked towards.
Fiction finds common ground by showing us the ubiquity of life’s specificities—I may not have lost my hometown, but I can relate to the loss of loved ones.
When a relationship is sent crashing, the unmoored self can be so easily thrashed upon the rocks—it’s necessary to reaffirm that sense of self, to rejoin that once-blended ego.
A lot of games try to replicate, if not exactly duplicate, the inherent friction and flow of what’s splayed on screens, but not Street Fighter Exceed.
While there are many bands I love that I feel don’t get their due, I’m particularly chapped that I can hardly find mention of Just a Fire online
It is nice to be someone else for a while, even if that somebody is a scoundrel.
Apex Legends is still fresh from the wrapper, but the squad communication, weapons, and range of tactical options already serve up a delectable sushi of hide-and-seek with bullets.
As an early access cyberpunk game, 2084 currently floats on mists of possibility.
I want to lower my head for all the dead and abandoned characters we’ve lost
CrossCode tingles with succulent friction and the loops carry me along on a raft that feels like home, even if I’m unsure where I’m going.
Where Root delightfully succeeds is melding the central conceits of territorial control games like Risk with resource management sims like Settlers of Catan, all blended with the exceptional art of illustrator Kyle Ferrin bringing in a whiff of Mouse Guard.
Gather round, lay out the tarot and find out the manner of our end.
There’s a bubble brewing around board games.
The Tranformers CCG is…more than meets the eye. (not sorry)
Netrunner is an itch that will always need scratching.