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The Shivah

The Shivah review

"grubby and aching and familiar"

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3 months ago

Feature: Canonically Jewish

B.J. Blazkowicz and the need for more diverse Jewish characters

For a series built around the deconstruction of Aryan bodies, it’s taken a long time for players to take the hint that Wolfenstein’s ubermensch William Blazkowicz is Jewish. That hesitation betrays our definitions of Jewish identity as old-fashioned, and also reflects that the few prominent Jewish characters in games play into and reinforce stereotypes. While Blazkowicz is the most high profile character to break the…

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12 months ago

Clickuorice Allsorts: Making good detective games

Detective games are a strange genre because it's so rare they manage to conjure up the feeling of you being a great detective. They fail for a range of reasons but my solution to the genre's struggle has tended to be that you should play as Watson not Sherlock or Hastings not Poirot - there's a reason the books are often from the perspective of…

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5 years ago

Feature: "grubby and aching and familiar"

The Shivah review

There's something haunting about The Shivah's opening sequence. It starts like a terrible joke: with a rabbi, a cantor, a near barren synagogue and an unconscious old woman. But it doesn't end that way. Where you'd expect a pun, we see instead the slow, hypnotic dissolution of a man's faith. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" "How could God let this happen?"

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Mourning Glory: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

Wadjet Eye are situated within an extremely comfortable niche. I think it's a niche. It's bigger than a cranny or a nook but probably not big enough to be referred to as a rift. I haven't played all of the company's published output, which includes externally developed titles as well as their internal creations, but despite my fondness for the Blackwell series, The Shivah is…

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גוט נייַעס: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

The very first game I played by the excellent Dave "Wadjet Eye" Gilbert was The Shivah. Released in 2006, it was in what adventure gamers know as The Shut Up About Them Being Dead Years. And I'd not kept up with the thriving AGS scene, I'm ashamed to say. So The Shivah was such a fantastic surprise. A sad, careful and deeply smart game about…

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6 years ago

Setting Sale: The Adventure Bundle (In A Box)

Adventure, ho! In the sense of heading out, of course, not issuing a demand to an unimaginative lady of the night. This latest pay-more-or-less-what-you-want bundle to hit the net is a pretty good deal, with seven games for the usual pay-more-or-less-what-you want, including Gemini Rue and a brand new offering called The Sea Will Claim Everything, a bit of charity, and an interesting way to…

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