On Leaving: Austin & The Millennial Job Hunt

There I was. After an obtuse 9 and a half hours, I had arrived in the city I’d eventually come to call home. Belongings had become too cumbersome. Countless video games lined all the walls of my previous loft apartment — a 1300 square foot piece of paradise. I’d spent the last 6 months living with my ex-girlfriend.

Situation: Ace Combat 04 vs 5

〈〈 Robek 3, Engage. 〉〉 I recently wrote an article about my proposal for a new word about video game stories. If you haven’t read it, please do so now. Ace Combat 04 and 5, released by Namco in 2001 and 2004, were flight combat video games which leaned away from realism, and towards arcade-style physics… Continue reading Situation: Ace Combat 04 vs 5

Digital Dreams are Made of Wires and Things

Virtual Reality: The Year the Universe Ended — Part 2 “Tell us, Robek.” The static characters displayed drip with sardonic bemusement. I respond with a curt, Tell you…what? “You always say crazy shit.. what do you think about virtual reality? Just a gimmick or maybe something more?” A reply that proves my anxiety driven suspicion. Oh, I’ll tell you.… Continue reading Digital Dreams are Made of Wires and Things

Situation: A New Word For Story in Games

I want a new way to look at the story in games, what we have now just won’t do. Games are obviously a different medium than movies, or books, and some developers fail to understand this. So, why even have a story, or care about it? Like John Carmack said, “Story in a game is… Continue reading Situation: A New Word For Story in Games

2012: The Year the Universe Ended

How deep down the rabbit hole are you willing to go? Mythology, conspiracy, religion and science fiction — all of these things may hold the answer as to why 2016 surprised you and why you’ve felt so depressed these past 4 years.

We hope you’ll suspend some disbelief and stick with us through this 3-part series.

I’m Not Going To Kill Bart Simpson, But If I Was, Here Is How I Would Do It

e have a problem. It’s nearly 2017, and Bart Simpson is still alive. “Wait, what are you talking about?” You’re probably saying right now, out loud at your computer screen like some kind of idiot who thinks I can hear you. “Bart Simpson is a cool guy. Why is it bad that he’s alive?” Or,… Continue reading I’m Not Going To Kill Bart Simpson, But If I Was, Here Is How I Would Do It