Dia Lacina

Games Opinion

How the Photo Mode Became a Homogenized Feature of Commodified Games

Ghosts with weightless cameras, photographing lifeless worlds.
Dia Lacina
12.30.19
Review

Kill for Prosperity and Not Much Else in 'Far Cry New Dawn'

We regret to inform you the world did not end, and we're doing this all again.
Dia Lacina
2.14.19
Game of the Year 2018

A Game's Photo Mode Isn't Just a Feature, It's My Way of Seeing the World

Photography isn't just about posing the perfect shot, it's about working within limitations to capture a moment.
Dia Lacina
12.19.18
Review

'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Tries, but Fails, to Tackle Its Own Colonialism

Fun stealth mechanics and a passable photo mode can't free the series from the baggage of its core fantasy: Lara Croft is still just a thief playing at being a savior.
Dia Lacina
9.10.18
Waypoint

In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last

In a game very much about fathers and sons, the role of a mother is to be invisible or toxic.
Dia Lacina
5.16.18
The Pantheon of Games

We Made Our Own Myths in 2017's Photo Modes

Armed with our virtual cameras in our virtual worlds, we can create the images we want to believe in.
Dia Lacina
1.2.18
Dragons Conquer America

It Takes More Than a 'Tolerance' Mechanic to Make an Anti-Colonial RPG

'Dragons Conquer America' wants to tell a magical story of resistance to the Spanish Conquest, but its perspective is merely a more enlightened colonial one.
Dia Lacina
11.13.17
Final Fantasy XV

'Final Fantasy XV' Is Surprisingly Good at Teaching Photography

That wonderful boy can teach us the magic (and science) of great photography.
Dia Lacina
5.15.17