Tag Archives : altgames


Notes on Homesickened: Back for the Holidays

[TW: This piece contains a reference to suicide and self-harm.  Also, spoilers abound as always.]  Homesickened is a cruel and beautiful game. In it, the player must embody the fixed, first-person role of an unnamed protagonist visiting their hometown for the first time in what I interpret to be a long time. The player begins with a […]

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Guest Post: How The Beginner’s Guide Harkens Back to the First Ars Poetica

By Shonté Daniels This month’s guest post comes to us from games writer and poet Shonté Daniels. Daniels is currently an editorial assistant at RH Reality Check, and her work has appeared in Motherboard, The Hooded Utilitarian, Kill Screen and elsewhere. You can follow her at Twitter @JohnnyxH.  “As is painting, so is poetry: some pieces […]


Three Fauvists

Videogame culture, by and large, still predominantly values representational spatial aesthetics. That is to say that the way spaces and the things in them look, and how we navigate them, are valued for how verisimilar or adjacent to photorealism they are. The culture even still seems to view text-based representation as somewhat radical (despite its […]

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Notes on SURREALISTa: The Nostalgia of the Infinite

[This piece contains heavy spoilers!] It would feel like a categorical mistake to focus on SURREALISTa as a “puzzle platformer.” Strictly speaking, it contains both the ludic devices of puzzle-solving and platforming, and so one inclined to focus on its value as a game may be tempted to lavish attention on these qualities. But—and I […]

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Notes on The Midas Project: The God Within Us

[TW: This piece describes themes of suicidality, extreme loneliness and depression, and insensitive misuse of pronouns.] This short story is a stylized description of a playthrough of eoeoeo344’s sci-fi Ren’Py visual novel, The Midas Project. In this version, Midas is lonely. Midas is the sum total of all human knowledge, ingenuity and innovation. This inorganic […]