“The Shadow to the Substance”: Romanticism in Dragon Age

[Originally posted in PopMatters] According to the romantics, imagination is the means of crossing into the spiritual and returning with a message of Truth.  The poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley writes that: “Reason is to Imagination as the instrument to the agent . . . the shadow to the substance.” For the romantics, poetry (defined usually … Continue reading “The Shadow to the Substance”: Romanticism in Dragon Age

An Open Letter to Cliff Bleszinski Following the Release of Gears of War 3

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Mr. Bleszinski, First, congratulations on the conclusion of the Gears of War series. As someone who has shared more than a few toasts of rum and coke with the esteemed series, I can honestly say that it’s been a great run from start to finish. However, I was a little taken … Continue reading An Open Letter to Cliff Bleszinski Following the Release of Gears of War 3

Review: Sengoku

[Originally posted on PopMatters] If there’s a genre of game that PC gamers can expect to secure their future in an increasingly console heavy market, it’s the RTS. Real-time strategies require more finesse and complexity than a controller can provide and they require a patience and skill that no console game can match. Given how … Continue reading Review: Sengoku