Bastion: Thermodynamics, Entropy, and the Physics of Fantasy

If you’re at all a follower of indie games, you’ve probably at least heard of Bastion—the isometric, hack-and-slash RPG from Supergiant Games that quickly after its release in 2011 went on to become one of the most popular and acclaimed indie games of all time. While known for many things, Bastion’s most distinctive component (for most gamers, at […]

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The Minimalist, Ethereal Storytelling of Hyper Light Drifter

There has been a recent spike in interest for what people sometimes refer to as “art games”—a subgenre of gaming that includes legitimately interesting pieces like Campo Santo’s Firewatch, flawed yet thought-provoking experiments like Davey Wreden’s The Beginner’s Guide, and walking simulators of questionable intent like Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. But more often than not, the implications behind […]

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You Might Have Missed: Where Do Birds Go

While I usually write about culture here—stories, narratives, movies, videogames, the like—I thought I’d do something a bit different today. Namely, I thought I’d share with you my favorite strip from xkcd, a decently well-known webcomic (at least among nerds) that specializes in weird, dry humor and science mixed with sarcasm. However, this one’s a bit different.  […]

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