Video Games

  • Gamer's Grammar: 'Fallout 4' asks what would Rick Grimes build?

    Gamer's Grammar: 'Fallout 4' asks what would Rick Grimes build?

    Westerns are called Westerns for a reason. The genre revels in its environment as much as it does its characters and plot. In some ways, the environment is the main character—often times trying to kill the protagonist with scorching heat. Local award-winning game studio Bethesda Softworks understands...

  • Gamer's Grammar: Preserving the Pixel at Atomic Books

    Gamer's Grammar: Preserving the Pixel at Atomic Books

    Art preservation has been a well-respected discipline for centuries, its origins probably dating as far back as art itself. Unfortunately, new media often suffer through a growing pain of acquiring the notoriety and respect that necessitates preservation. Think about blues music and how, without...

  • Gamer's Grammar: Thinking about video game violence in light of Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram

    Gamer's Grammar: Thinking about video game violence in light of Charlie Hebdo and Boko Haram

    With the recent killings at Charlie Hebdo (12 dead) and the atrocities committed by Boko Haram (as many as 2,000-plus dead) and also the arrival of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated biopic of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” (160 confirmed kills) into theaters, I’ve been thinking more about the meaning...

  • Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

    Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

    As a fiction writer, I am most interested in world-building. Last year, I was bowled over by Irrational Game’s “Bioshock Infinite” which is a work of art so mind-bending and smart that I think everyone, gamer or not, should experience it. The world of “Bioshock Infinite” is so socially and politically...

  • Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

    Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

    It’s been a particularly troubling few months for women within the online social circles I inhabit. The people of Baltimore and any football fan knows about the Ray Rice incident. I don’t need to go into detail about that. And last month the alt-lit (alternative literature) community was hit with...

  • Arcade Games Saved My Life

    Arcade Games Saved My Life

    Just a few pages into Michael Kimball’s “Galaga” (Boss Fight Books), an exploration of the 1981 coin-op arcade game (it’s the one where you’re a space ship firing at insects) and the abuse he endured at the hands of his older brother and father, I had to put the book down for a bit. It sent me...

  • Game On

    Game On

    As Baltimore's gaming industry embraces the local arts world's DIY ethos, Gamescape expands

  • Video Games: The Way Wii Were

    Intrepid reporter learns new Gameboy skills. | Image by Frank Hamilton If City Paper doesn't write frequently about video games, one reason might be the sheer cost involved in keeping up with the medium. Even in these bat-shit economic times, the average alt-weekly reader can likely splurge on...

  • Fidgeting electro-crunk, with hints of Detroit techno

    Cex Shamaneater Automation Records High-concept, can't-stand-still composer (and former City Paper contributor) Rjyan Kidwell's latest is an electronic album put together using the tools of the immediate past. Shamaneater's instrumentals are created by way of throwback synthesizers and drum machines,...

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