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Year Walking through Swedish Folklore

“In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse ofthe future in the strangest of waysthey locked themselves in dark roomsnot partaking of food and drink At the stroke of midnightthey ventured out into the night through the dark woodswhere strange creature roamed To see if they would be wealthyTo see if they would be happyTo see if they…

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Neverending Nightmares: an investigation into the human psyche

There have been a plethora of novels throughout history that have explored the effects of depression and mental illness on the human psyche. The case can be made for Herman Melville’s famous protagonist, Ishmael, and his suicidal impulses that lead him on his whaling adventure upon the Pequod. However spectacular or insightful such novels can be they lack the visual…

Supergaming- The Renaissance of Superhero and Comic Book Games, by Jake Black

One of the most personal and enjoyable parts of being a superhero fan, of being someone who crouches over glossy pages of cheesy dialogue, action, and capes, is imagining oneself as the hero. It’s the beauty of comic books, to be invested in these characters and live vicariously through their adventures, heartbreaks, and triumphs. I think this fantasy is what…

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Never Alone: A Visual History of the Native Alaskan Iñupaiq

  Never Alone is an indie-platformer game that mingles modest puzzling levels with the history and folklore of the Native Iñupaiq Eskimo, a tribe that still survives today with an estimated 361 members according to the 2010 Census. The result is an enchantingly beautiful yet, if I am honest, rudimentary platform game that will break your heart in all the best…

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Animal Crossing vs Real Life

There is no more addictive game than one that makes you feel emotionally involved. Animal Crossing has been around since 2004 where it was first introduced on the GameCube console. Nintendo considers it a social simulator and communication game. The game immediately throws the player into the world. It starts with a train moving you to a new town with…

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Navigable Concrete Poetry in “Gyossait”

“Gyossait” is a platformer produced by indie game developer Amon26, and available to play for free on Newgrounds. As someone with an interest in indie horror games, I’ve been aware of this atmospheric, dark platformer for a while. Though the gameplay is simple–you use the arrow keys to move left, right, jump, and deflect projectiles with a shield, and have…

The Kraken’s Day Out

Looking at “I Wish I Were the Moon” in class reminded me of a game I ran across some time ago, “(I Fell in Love With) The Majesty of Colors” by Gregory Weir. The two works are very similar on a visual level, with flat, colorful art composed of simple pixel sprites, and they both have multiple endings, which carries…

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