“This is what life looks like.”
Roughly halfway through Logan (2017), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) utters the line that will by the movie’s end personify it. He is lying on a bed in a country house, sick but at peace in one of the film’s only calm moments, attempting to break through the Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) outer shell to find what remains of the broken man underneath. Continue reading Logan is a superhero film without heroes
Hello, dear listeners, and welcome to episode 6 of Lost Saves.
This week, in lieu of losing a few of our cast members, we decided we would put together a bit of soothing audio fuzz for your ear holes. So get cozy, grab some tea, and get ready to relax like it’s 1995. We’ll hopefully be back next week with a regular episode. Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 6: ASMR Spiritual Experience Special
Episode 4 of Lost Saves is here, a day late and several dollars short, but here all the same! Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 4: Library of Congressional GIFs
Welcome to episode 3 of Lost Saves, a show that is definitely still going!
It’s the week of hearts and assorted chocolates. Valentine’s Day has come and past and to celebrate (?) we decided to talk about sex and love in games. Join us as we do deep dives into falling for birds in Hatoful Boyfriend, being unsettled by making woo-hoo in The Sims, and realizing that true love is two coffees a day. Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 3: Be My Coffee Valentine
Welcome to the second episode of Lost Saves, a video game podcast that is rarely about video games!
This week we discuss empathy in games, Dropsy and how to make effective positive media, consider how Read Only Memories handles identity, debate how fantastic Fantastic Beasts really is, and learn some lizard facts. Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 2: Fantastic Beasts of Neo San-Francisco
I fidget in the pew, unable to contain my energy as the preacher goes on and on about God and money and who is even listening and would they care if I crawled under the pew? My mother shoots me a disgruntled look as she pulls me back into my seat. “If you are good and just sit still I’ll buy you candy,” she whispers into my ear. I sit as calmly as I can for the rest of the service. Continue reading The Unconditional Love of Dropsy
Welcome to the first episode of Lost Saves, Kritiqal’s new podcast on games, politics, and the reasons we play! This week Xavier Sales, Liz Lane, and Rhiannon Williams join me – Nate Kiernan – to discuss our earliest gaming memories. Why we were drawn to games, casual-game criticism, and ways we can welcome more people into gaming. Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 1: Pajama Sam, 2017’s Hottest Release
You are hurtling away from Mars aboard a vessel traveling at the speed of light; a journey of 29 years experienced in less than an hour. Behind you are your friends, family, the life you once lived. You seek something better at the far end of the galaxy, a fresh start in a new world. But still, you cling to pieces of your former life like a raft in the infinite void. You turn on your phone to check FriendPage, but with each refresh, years roll by for those you left behind. You are left to fill in the blanks as news travels slow, painfully slow, and you witness the lives of those you left behind as an in-flight movie, watching from afar more disconnected than ever. Continue reading Killing Time at Lightspeed and the Ordinary Horror of Losing Touch
Keyboard. Paintings. Wires. Window.
I return to these objects again and again as I circle the dark room. Besides myself, they are the only thing between these four towering walls, the only clues as to the room’s purpose and significance. I brush up against the desk on which the keyboard is resting, behind which glowing blocks bearing my messages are carried up towards the ceiling and off to who knows where. I curse my inability to jump, to touch, to see more than a few inches into the impenetrable black that is smothering me, choking out my hold on reality. Continue reading 2016, Games Criticism, and The Inescapable Madness of BUY2BILLIONFOLLOWE