Narrative Meaning Under External Influence

I was at Continuum Convention all weekend, so I’ve been talking to people about all sorts of things literary and interpretation-related. And then I got home, had my traditional bout of con flu, and therefore played games for a couple of days. So hold onto your hats, kids, this is an esoteric one. Continue reading

Introduction: Little Nightmares Series

Recently a friend asked me to play a game called Little Nightmares.

This request has been one of the best arguments I have for peer pressure occasionally being a good thing, because it quickly rocketed to ‘best video game I’ve played all year’ and definitely holds a place in my top five games of all time. I’ll add some qualifiers to that, because just because I love something doesn’t mean I think it’s flawless, but it definitely qualifies for one of my top five slots. Continue reading

Liking Clichés

I get it. Sometimes liking things is embarrassing.

I’ve certainly liked media that, for whatever reason, I keep an I-would-tell-you-but-then-I’d-have-to-kill-you policy on. But those are getting fewer and further between, honestly. Not because I’ve suddenly started liking things that are better quality.  That is manifestly untrue. Continue reading

It’s Not Length We’re Looking For

Make your jokes now, people. I’ll give you a moment.

I’m admittedly a little biased on this one. I come from the fantasy genre (which hardly needs re-stating by this point but years of English essays drilled this stuff into me, so bear with me), so my genre has a long tradition with epics. Continue reading