Sundays are for sleeping. And then awakening, to compile a list of the fine (mostly (Well, less mostly than normal)) games-related reading I found this week, while trying to resist linking to some piece of pop music. Go!
- Andrew Vanden Bossche writes about how the visual novel Fate/StayNight goes beyond binary choices – focusing in how its three-endings are three endings, with the idea that you’re meant to process them all in parallel. There’s a point. That we talk about games with “Good” and “Bad” endings is arguably a real problem.
- Ed Stern points us all at this New York Times writing on the Theatre Of The Arcade. In short: “What if the characters and stories of classic video games were reimagined and reinterpreted as live theater in front of you?”. Go reads.
- Following on from Walker’s Wot I Think, Gabe McGrath points us in the direction of Screen Play’s interview with the developers of The Silver Lining.
- The Guardian writes about Internet Addiction in Korea, and how the government is torn between promoting and legislating against gaming.
- Matt Lees prints a series of letters between a small business and their bank manager. Took me worryingly long to get it. You will be smarter.
- And Barry White starts his X-Com Apocalypse Diary.
- Phill Cameron writes up his experiences of Develop.
- Leigh Alexander analyses the problem with the problem with games journalism.
- This went around the block, but a useful article about 10 Reasons To Stop Apologizing For Your Online Life.
- Haven’t read this yet, but Ste Curran points us all in the direction of the script of the final, unproduced episode of the 80s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.
- Paul Morley on Prince’s new album.
- Following on from Tik Tok a few weeks ago, Vykromond Jorilliam pointed me in the direction of Martin Seay’s brilliant dissection of it.
- Harvey Pekar passed this week, which is an enormous loss. Matt Sheret writes about Cleveland’s father of autobio comics.
- And on that autobio point… Tom Humberstone finishes his 100 days of comics. Well done, fella.
- I’m always a sucker for a John Lydon interview.
- So, CompactRobot asks me if I’ve heard the new Like album yet. Which makes me raise an eyebrow, until I dig out the first single – He’s Not A Boy – and kinda dig its hyper-retro Brighton-Beach mod-isms. Hurrah!