Read : Indie Criticism

A talk from the Indiecade East from Feb 2014, a really great perspective about games.

All these voices in our head, all these ghosts, can lead a critic unwittingly towards self-censorship, or at the very least a kind of mealy-mouthed rhetoric. We get a steady stream of IMHOs and the nervous qualification of any declarative sentence. We see writers so self-conscious about perceived elitism or giving offense that they hesitate to judge anything at all.

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The personal is so readily dismissed as the source of taste, of bias, something on the fringe, when it is in reality the essential, unstable core of the game experience. It gives the indie critic his insights into the game and reveals both the player’s and the game’s values.

http://tevisthompson.com/indie-criticism/

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Read : Thresholds

A great post on definitions, like "what is a game".

Some of the interesting parts for me :

I can see it in other things now too: architecture has long been moving away from a dichotomy of inside/outside, and it’s only broadened the vocabulary of space and made for better buildings, buildings that take advantage of the landscape as much as shelter from it. Without giving up on having colloquially understood definitions of inside & outside, we’ve embraced spaces that are various amounts of both, or neither.

Can you be outside and still inside architecture?

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If Halo is 10% cut scenes is it less of a game than chess? What about games that are 50% cutscenes?

And if games are defined by mechanics, how come games that are purely mechanics are called “casual”, while the majority of hardcore/canon/”true gamer”/cultural touchstone/AAA are the ones with large “non-game” elements and sections?

http://clairehosking.tumblr.com/post/83402600163/threshold

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Watch : Curating Video Game Culture

A talk for a series of microtalks at the 2014 Game Developers Conference titled "Curating Video Game Culture: The New Wave of Video Game Events."

https://vimeo.com/90027893

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