Friends that Play Together

[This piece was written as a part of Critical Distance‘s February 2015 Blogs of the Round Table feature] One way of looking at storytelling as a historical practise is as a simulated socialization. Anthropologically, storytelling is a way to facilitate prosocial behaviour and ideation. The point being that stories are imagined social extremes where the … Continue reading Friends that Play Together

Review: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

[Originally posted on PopMatters] In 1987, just a year after Nintendo released Super Mario Bros.for the NES, Time Warp Productions developed The Great Giana Sisters, a 2D platformer with more than a passing resemblance to Nintendo’s flagship title. Eventually, Time Warp surrendered to legal pressure from Nintendo and stopped producing units of their game and immediately … Continue reading Review: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Review: Scarygirl

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Outside of Nintendo, creating a platformer is a bit of a lost art. One would think that a genre so simple in design and so storied in history would be more readily explored by developers, but the yearly output of platformers has slowed to a trickle. In any case, a platforming … Continue reading Review: Scarygirl