Review: Murcury Hg

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Nothing is out of bounds creatively; a good work of art can be about anything if it’s done right. At least, that seems to be the approach that Eiconic Games took with Mercury Hg, a musical puzzle-platformer based around the periodic table. The premise, however, is more intriguing than the execution … Continue reading Review: Murcury Hg

“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