Games Columns

Games Columns

Area 51 Nostalgia Yearns for a Time When Evil Had to Hide

Games, conspiracy culture, and what we glimpse beneath the veil of constructed realities.
Cameron Kunzelman
2 days ago
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'Project Winter' Is the Best Game About Betrayal This Year

All of the broken friendships of Mafia or Werewolf, with a dash of snowbound horror.
Cameron Kunzelman
7.8.19
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Underwater Video Games Ignore the Perilous State of Our Collapsing Oceans

In games, the ocean is often beautiful, sometimes terrifying, but rarely threatened by environmental catastrophe as our own is.
Cameron Kunzelman
6.27.19
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'Mordhau' Is the Most Fun I've Ever Had Dying

If you strike me down, I shall only laugh about it.
Cameron Kunzelman
6.18.19
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'Don't Wake the Night' Tackles Morality Better Than Any AAA Game

Inspired by Paraguayan folklore, it's a game about the intersection of community and consequences.
Cameron Kunzelman
6.4.19
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Years Later, the Ending of 'Dragon's Dogma' Remains Wonderfully Weird and Subversive

You know that fantasy epic about breaking the cycle of power you were looking for? Well...
Cameron Kunzelman
5.24.19
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After 'Avengers: Endgame,' the MCU Has a Chance to Get Riskier

The status quo has been completely upended. What now? Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Cameron Kunzelman
5.10.19
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'Dreams' Is A Powerful Tool to Create Anything and Own Nothing

The new game from the makers of LittleBigPlanet is a perfect fit for the social media era.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.29.19
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This City Builder Asks You to Rebuild the World After Climate Devastation

'Lichenia' is an alternative to SimCity that challenges you to experiment in the post-apocalyptic unknown.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.22.19
Postscript

Before the Labyrinthine Lore of 'Dark Souls,' There Was Gene Wolfe

The author of 'The Book of the New Sun' was a master of creating playful and ambiguous lore.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.19.19
Postscript

'Welcome to Bummertown' Tells a Pointed Joke About Game Development

Metafictional narratives in games could help bridge the gap between the conditions facing creators and their audience's expectations.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.15.19
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'Final Fantasy VIII' Was Too Honest and Unsettling to be Beloved

Despite its contemporary success, 'FFVIII' has never had the popular legacy it deserved. But why?
Cameron Kunzelman
2.18.19