Ed Smith

Gaming

The Politics of 'BioShock Infinite' Are All the Worse When Revisited in a Heated Election Year

But while its narrative is politically pessimistic, Irrational's shooter was, and remains, very positive about video games as a form.
Ed Smith
10.4.16
Gaming

BioShock’s Jordan Thomas Discusses the Acclaimed Trilogy

An essential member of the teams behind 'BioShock' and its sequels, Thomas tells us about aiming for 'Aliens' but producing 'Pitch Black.'
Ed Smith
9.15.16
Gaming

In the Army Now: The Making of ‘Full Spectrum Warrior’

The 2004 strategy-shooter was a hit with gamers, but it began as a project to train US Army recruits the rules of modern warfare.
Ed Smith
8.24.16
Gaming

Why Video Games Love Special Forces Heroes

These action heroes represent what both a confused public and video games makers themselves crave so desperately: absolute certainty, whatever war's complexities.
Ed Smith
8.23.16
Gaming

Milo Yiannopoulos’s Twitter Ban Highlights Gamergate’s Ongoing Struggle for Direction

Contrary to the now-banned @Nero's self-serving intentions, video gaming isn't falling apart, but enjoying a period of renewal.
Ed Smith
7.20.16
Gaming

Why 2002 Was Possibly the Most Important Year in Video Gaming History

From 'Hitman 2' to 'Vice City' via the second Metal Gear Solid, the gaming landscape was changing for the better.
Ed Smith
6.9.16
Gaming

‘Half-Life 2: Episode One’ and Its Decade-Long Struggle with Confidence and Identity

Now ten years old, 'Half-Life 2''s first expansion shows us that by trying to be like films, games can only suffer.
Ed Smith
5.27.16
Gaming

Why ‘Driver: San Francisco' Is Gaming's Most Fabulous Joyride

Ubisoft's race-around-an-open-world game of 2011 was so much more fun than its stuffier series predecessors.
Ed Smith
5.6.16
Gaming

Why Video Games Should Hurt Us More

Gaming representations of physical and mental suffering are regularly reductive. But by really making us hurt, these experiences could become unnerving and exciting.
Ed Smith
5.2.16
Gaming

This Is Why ‘Max Payne 3’ Is Rockstar’s Best Game Ever

The small details in Rockstar's 2012 shooter add up to make it the studio's most impressively visceral title to date.
Ed Smith
4.5.16
Gaming

Why I Adore the Legendarily Crass, Violent Video Game ‘Manhunt’

For me, Rockstar is better when it goes linear, and 'Manhunt' is one of the GTA studio's very best.
Ed Smith
3.28.16
Gaming

‘Resident Evil,' 20 Years Later: Flawed, Formulaic, but Still a Fearsome Horror Original

Capcom's survival horror followed video gaming logic, but it also subverted expectations, keeping the player thinking anything could happen.
Ed Smith
3.10.16
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