Even Captain Jumbo Can’t Save You

At first glance, Captain Jumbo seems to be a bright, sunny, and sweet game where you explore the world through the eyes of a toddler. Pretty early in the game you start realizing it is quite the opposite and it turns your world upside down. It is a brutal but important story to tell and it takes you in a direction…

Editing games like film

Thirty Flights of Loving is a 10 minute product of Blendo Games. A game, at surface value is about prohibition and a romantic relationship breaking down. If you can spare $5, play it on Steam, or watch a playthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0dCRb8PEeY   It is labeled as a Citizen Abel game, a game universe created by Brendon Chung, notable for modding…

You don’t have to win…or lose

I played Proteus for the first time a couple months ago. I was captivated by its wonder: the pixelated art style, a true feeling of freedom, the stress relief that the game offered me…for about ten minutes. I left it alone and didn’t open up Steam for quite awhile after.   I opened it back up today. I was reading…

A Trip to Pony Island

Daniel Mullins’ participation in a game jam led to the creation of Pony Island, “a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. It is not a game about ponies.” Pony Island is a $5 Steam game which features many obscure gameplay aspects.   The theme…

When the opportunity to fuck with the NSA arises, why not take it?

As a Muslim-American, I’m probably on a list! As a Pakistani-Muslim-American, I’m probably on several lists. Even Trump wants me on a database! When traveling I expect a full search, through my belongings and my person–even though the wildest thing I carry is an Ambassador Edition 3DS. These lists are the property of the NSA and FBI, passively facilitating anti-Muslim…

How to Save the World

I found this twitter bot @SaveHumanities by Mark Sample which tweets potential solutions on how to solve the crisis of humanity. Each tweet starts with “To save the humanities we need” followed by “solution” likely generated by other’s tweets containing “we need.” Most of these tweets are fairly absurd or nonsensical, although, on occasion there is a tweet that relates or proposes…

The Dome of Words

I began to explore different sites to try and discover a piece that was unusual and I stumbled upon a website known as “the code of things” which was created by  Benjamin Laird where he created a project that, “investigation into biographical poetry in print and programmable media. Specifically, how the media in which biographical poetry is written changes the nature…

Unraveling Stories With Yarn (or my time as a magical intern)

While making my weekly App Store rounds, I came across this newish app called Yarn. It had a pretty interesting description, boasting “thrilling, interactive stories on your device, for free. Solve puzzles, help characters make important decisions, and decide how stories end.” So I decided to go ahead and download it.   At first glance I found it pretty nice looking.…

The Basics of Otome

I had no idea what Otome games were but a friend of mine told me she played them and when I asked her what they were she said they were typically romance games and you tried to have fill the love meter as high as you could with the person you chose so reach the best possible ending. When I…