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If you’re still trying to make sense of Bloodborne’s cryptic story, Kotaku UK has a terrific analysi

If you’re still trying to make sense of <i>Bloodborne</i>’s cryptic story, <i>Kotaku UK</i> <b>has a terrific analysis of what’s actually happening in Yharnam</b>. I don’t …

A Reader's Bloodborne Review: Reincarnated Soul

A long time ago, longer now than it seems, I wrote a review of the original import release of From Software and Sony Japan Studio's <i>Demon's Souls,</i> which was initially released in Hong Kong with a full English translation. In that review, I mused that <i>Demon's Souls</i> was in no small way the …

The Zen of Bloodborne: What gaming can teach us about repetition

We tend to think about repetition incorrectly.<p>In gaming, as in life, we crave novelty. New experiences excite us, and we often plow through actions that must be repeated over and over in order to get to the interesting and novel things that are waiting on the other side.<p>I often do a poor job when …

'Un Chien Andalou' inspires a surreal indie game from Russian devs

In 1929, famed artist Salvador Dalí and filmmaker Luis Buñuel awoke from a night of strange dreams, Buñuel recalling the image of a razor blade cloud slicing through the moon as if it were an eyeball, and Dalí describing a human hand covered in ants. They turned these images into a silent, …

We may finally get a third decent Aliens film

There have only been two great Alien movies. Could Neill Blomkamp's new Alien project be the third?<p>This week, the internet was abuzz with the news that Neill Blomkamp — director of recent sci-fi fare like <i>District 9</i> and <i>Elysium</i>, and the very soon to be released <i>Chappie</i> — was moving forward with his …

'The Order: 1886' is the latest in a long line of beautiful, boring games

<i>The Order: 1886</i> isn't anything new, but man<i>, is it pretty.</i> Every review I've read mentions just how absurdly good-looking the PlayStation 4 exclusive is (out today); that praise is buried under heaps of valid criticisms regarding monotonous gameplay and hackneyed storytelling. Based on what I've …

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A defense of Binding of Isaac from a former fundamentalist Christian

Why does <i>The Binding of Isaac</i> need a "defense?"<p>It’s already wildly popular, and the biggest fans on the game's subreddit would laugh at the mere 70 hours I’ve logged on <i>The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth</i>. I would have logged more if I didn’t have articles to write to pay my bills.<p>Its creator, Edmund …