A Critical Overview of PSX 2017: Framing the Event

In its opening ceremony and panel discussion (in lieu of an overarching keynote), PSX assumed the affectation of domesticity and informality, as if to camouflage the impersonality of a show centered on business and industry. Miscellaneous armchairs and couches were set up facing the audience, and hosts Shawn Layden and Sid Shuman routinely played up … Continue reading A Critical Overview of PSX 2017: Framing the Event

Opened World: Let’s Eat Capitalists

Taking Molleindustria’s 2006 release McDonald’s Videogame as a point of reference, we can breakdown its strategy of critiquing McDonald’s on multiple fronts as a way to identify productive ways that games can critique industry concerns. The game adopts the political values of Molleindustria founder and Carnegie Mellon University professor Paolo Pedercini, conveying a left-wing, activist urgency to … Continue reading Opened World: Let’s Eat Capitalists

Player Two: An Interview with Greg “Cosmo D” Heffernan

Interview by Miguel Penabella Originally conducted October 20, 2017 Edits and introduction written November 17, 2017 Greg Heffernan’s games always bear the mark of a musician. Under the pseudonym Cosmo D, his three games—Saturn V, Off-Peak, and The Norwood Suite—all heavily feature his own music in ways that experiment with sound’s relation to space. Saturn … Continue reading Player Two: An Interview with Greg “Cosmo D” Heffernan

Opened World: The Remains of the Day

Fallout 4 carries an air of melancholy by juxtaposing the gritty post-apocalyptic setting with the mundane scenarios these skeletons convey. Skeletons seated inside a rusted bus suggest the instantaneous impact of the nuclear bombs, perhaps catching average people by surprise on their way to work. Pairs of skeletons resonate with particular melancholy, suggesting lovers, friends, siblings, … Continue reading Opened World: The Remains of the Day