Nic Rueben

February 8, 2018

Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Oddworld Abe’s Exoddus’

I think there is a deep revulsion in us for any human endeavor that begins to resemble machinery too closely. Similarly, for any machine that takes on an anthropomorphic will. When industrial progress becomes a virtue, the emergent machine spirit is granted an aura of self-governing morality.
February 1, 2018

20 Years On – ‘Fallout 2’: Dreaming of a Dead World

Fallout 2's twinkling keys lead in like a playful sigh. Once more with all the feeling a dying world can muster.
January 24, 2018

Jon Snow is Game of Thrones Biggest Villain

Jon Snow is Game of Thrones biggest villain. Not just for who he is, but for what he represents.
January 19, 2018

A Tribute to Gaming’s Greatest Cardboard Boxes

By stretching the limits of how we accept such everyday objects to function, Metal Gear Solid imbues The Cardboard Box with a mundane absurdism to match the magical realism that infiltrates the rest of its universe.
January 10, 2018

Weird Fiction: Channeling Lovecraft in ‘Night in the Woods’ and ‘Bloodborne’

Bloodborne and Night in the Woods are two very different games, but games that share a common eldritch bloodline.