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January 29th

Welcome back readers. The first thing I want to talk about this week is that Critical Distance is hosting another writing/video essay jam! This time, we’re welcoming submissions in any medium with the theme of First Foot Forward: player agency as explored through the first choice a player makes in a game. Check out the post for more details; this...

First Foot Forward February – writing / video jam

What would happen if you analysed games beginning with the question, ‘what is the first choice that the player makes?’ In First Foot Forward February, we’re collecting critical perspectives on games that focus on the earliest moment of player agency. In some games it might be naming the player character – in others, perhaps it’s choosing which nation-state...

January 22nd

Welcome back readers. There were a lot of layoffs this week in games and culture press, as well as the games and wider tech industries. “Support independent crit”, a drum we beat fairly regularly here, is pretty cold comfort when tens of thousands of people are suddenly out of work. It did not have to be that way; it never does. We’re very fortunate...

January 15th

Welcome back readers. After a short break and a jam-packed catch-up issue, we’re getting back to our usual weekly stride with thirteen new-and-cool selections for your reading pleasure. This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting the most important critical writing on games from the past seven days. Mystery Machines Our opening...

January 8th

Welcome back readers. We’re back from break, and ready to kick off a new year of outstanding crit with a double-wide issue to catch us up. Hope everyone found some kind of rest over the interregnum. This week’s around-the-site update: our Year-In-Review is live, courtesy of Kris’ peerless efforts. There was lots of excellent writing for us to recap...

This Year in Videogame Blogging: 2022

What can be said at the close of 2022 that hasn’t already prefaced a thousand best-of lists? It wouldn’t be fair to say there were no bright spots this year, because there certainly were. In addition to a slate of excellent new releases — many of which are discussed below — Critical Distance also saw an immense outpouring of support from you, our...

December 18th

Welcome back readers. We’ve got a few updates from around the site to go through. First, the latest Keywords is up, and this episode’s guest is Florenece Smith-Nicholls. Check it out! Next up, I just want to give a gentle heads-up that Critical Distance typically takes a week or so off somewhere around the holidays. As such, for the next two Sundays...

Florence Smith-Nicholls | Keywords in Play, Episode 25

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/af7m38/24-florence-smith-nicholls.mp3 Download “Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. This epsiode we speak with Florence Smith-Nicholls about the paper “The Dark Souls of Archaeology: Recording Elden Ring” (https://arxiv.org/abs/2204.10949)....

December 11th

Welcome back readers. I want to thank the community once again for helping us reach our GoFundMe target so quickly. While we intend to keep the campaign up a little while longer, if you’re still looking to help us out, a more sustainable way of doing so is through our Patreon! This Week in Videogame Blogging is a roundup highlighting the most important...

December 4th

Welcome back readers. Let me give my deep and heartfelt thanks to everyone who over the past week supported our GoFundMe, which hit its target within hours (hours!!) of launching. You have carried us through the emergency and sent us a very clear message that there’s still a strong appetite for this work. So, yeah! You did it. You saved Critical Distance....

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