For a long time, Blizzard has been known as a company that has prided itself on never releasing unpolished games. This has provided a great deal of respect as the years have gone on. In earlier gaming periods, it was essential for games to be quality tested, lest they find themselves printing discs of updated versions of games, which could not be patched with an internet connection. This did not stop games from releasing in broken states, with bugs and glitches discovered painfully, or used for pleasure in speed runs. Few games could truly say that they had entered the…


Start by sitting on a cushion or chair.

The longer I happen to sit, I realize the weight pulls me down, as much as I can feel myself pushing upward, maintaining my posture. Often, I close my eyes, though I can still see the tones left behind in the visual field. The room I sit in to meditate, with the antique furniture, includes a matte yellow armchair that I sit in cross-legged. The room is flooded by window light. When it rains, my visual field is dark, in tune with sleep. When it is bright outside, the room echoes the…


In Thomas Cromwell’s time, rhetoric felt itself to be a new tool that could be waged against those in power and those subservient to it. William Tyndale’s newest translation invited those who understood the vernacular to join in on interpretation, which I suppose is another word for rhetoric, since it lays a claim to subjectivity based upon observation. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall invites us to imagine, with Cromwell, a Bible that bears no mention of Limbo or Purgatory and — to the benefit of all humankind — it is an invitation we can carry out today. Of course, the centuries…


“‘Maxi, it’s time. I reach this point with everybody. What you need to deal with now is The Wisdom.’
‘Great, I’m at the dentist here.’
Shawn darkens the blinds, puts on a tape of Moroccan trance music, lights a joss stick. ‘Are you ready?’
‘No. Shawn-’
‘Here it is-The Wisdom. Prepare to copy.’ She stays on her meditation mat despite herself. Breathing deeply, Shawn announces, ‘Is what it is is … is it is what it is.’ Allowing a silence to fall, lengthy but maybe not as deep as the breaths he’s taking. ‘Got that?’
‘Shawn…’
‘That’s The Wisdom, repeat it back.’
Sighing pointedly, she complies, adding…


Spoilers (but you should not care)

Is there some tacit assumption among makers and watchers of action schlock that they can be a little rough around the edges? After decades of proving that rule incorrect, with such incredible features like Aliens, Terminator 2, and John Wick, I think we can lay to rest this insipid idea. When Joker in Nolan’s Dark Knight proclaims that Gotham deserves “a better kind of criminal,” yes, he’s talking to organized crime’s lustful desires for cheap booze and stacks of cash. But it’s also a shot across the bow for blockbuster movies. Do they have…


Control might be the best looking video game I have ever played on my computer. The brutalist architecture as a static setting, coupled with the movement of combat, produces a spectacle that few other shooting games can match. Like a museum exhibit gone wrong. The analog equipment in “The Oldest House,” the cubicles, the computers running a local network, the binders, the spooled film ready to project, and all the papers promising possibly decades of information on the paranormal, are all set to fly in the most hectic fights. Were the game coupled with what Remedy used to provide —…


It had been long enough before returning to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. With the superhero craze ongoing, though entering either some kind of exhaustion, or hiatus, I find myself simultaneously elated and disappointed: elated because I am hoping it ends, and disappointed that it was not better.

Plenty of people adore their superhero movies, so I do not want to waste my time defending any sort of thesis that suggests that their love of some cultural artifact is somehow weaker than mine. But I DO think that it is fair to say that many superhero movies missed an opportunity to…


Lost American Freedoms

Grand Theft Auto seems like a game that needs no introduction. It has sold literally hundreds of millions of copies, and is the bane of many parents while simultaneously being the boon of their children. For a long time it has been the ultimate city simulation that other open world games chase.

Though even in that history, there are some caveats. NakeyJakey has gone on record suggesting that Rockstar Games, the developers of Grand Theft Auto, would do well to return to their old games, to see just how innovative and freeform their mission structure was. Crowbcat has shown evidence…


This review contains spoilers.

Mare of Easttown has, not one, but two twists.

The first, (which was not difficult to predict) had John as the man with the relationship with Erin, not Billy. Their subsequent fight in the river ends with Mare taking them both to the station, where John confesses to shooting Erin and moving her body in order to implicate someone else. Case closed in the first eight minutes of the episode.

Or so we think. John has vague details about the gun used to shoot Erin. Frank seemed horrified, as the family talks over the case later…


I have been spending quite a lot of time this past month thinking about writing. In writing, so many philosophies proliferate about what “good writing” is, what the difference is between fiction and “literary” fiction, and over the years there has arisen a great many literary theories that have brought about awakenings and disruptions. I will not try to educate too much on these theories, but I would like to take all this thinking about literature I have done and try to apply it to video games. Recently I have entered a rut in video game playing, and instead of…

Colton Royle

Colton tries to picture a world in which nobody trusted their System 1 thinking. He is currently working on trying to be a better listener.

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