Author: mducoing

The Wonderful(ly Tragic) World of OFF

Between our class readings of Ready Player One, dissecting vintage video games, and even reading blog entries that focus on the elements of darker art games, I couldn’t help but contribute with a close reading of my new current obsession.

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OFF title screen.

Rising from the murky depths of the indie video gaming genre surfaces the 2008 RPG known as OFF by Unproductive Fun Time, a French group led by head game designers Mortis Ghost and Alias Conrad Coldwood. Having been recently translated for the English-speaking audience, the game takes place in an alternate world where the player controls an unknown entity named the “The Batter”.… Read the rest

What Time is It? Journey Time

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” -Don Williams, Jr. (1)

From the makers of "Flow"!
From the makers of Flow !

Ok friends, gather ’round. The time has come for us to talk about one of my personal fave and most inspirational games: Journey.

Ever since our early class discussions on Bogost’s numerous topics, Journey has naturally drifted back into my mind once more. Just a fair warning in advance: my love for this game is borderline unhealthy. I’ve lost track of how many times I have tried forcing encouraging people to play this gem; if I could, I would buy each person a PS3 just so they could play this game (but alas I am a poor college student).… Read the rest

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