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August 2020

Welcome back, readers. I hope you’re all safe and well, or as safe and well as possible between all the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes and ongoing police violence. Today I am trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel of being eleven weeks into a second lockdown, while also determining how it feels, as an Australian who has spent the last...

Breath of the Wild

Critical Distance is proud to present this Critical Compilation on Nintendo’s acclaimed 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, curated by Autumn Wright. Autumn is an essayist doing criticism on games and other media. Follow their work at @TheAutumnWright. In the long three years since its release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW)...

Jamie Woodcock | Keywords in Play, Episode 6

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/67e2bw/05-jamie-woodcock-complete.mp3 Download   “Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. This episode we speak with Dr Jamie Woodcock. Jamie is a researcher based in London. He is the author of The Gig Economy...

September 13th

Welcome back, readers. This week I’m plugging BlackGameDevs, a website and resource that collects information on Black creators who do all the things that go into making games. I know developers read our site, so if you’re looking for talent for your projects, consider starting here. Kotaku UK turned off the lights this week, and with it goes a...

September 6th

Welcome back, readers. This week I am again linking the Milwaukee Freedom Fund, which is currently supporting protestors in Kenosha fighting for racial justice and an end to state-sanctioned racist violence and murder with bail and attorney support. You can donate to them here. New Critical Compilation! This week it’s Dishonored, as presented by...

Dishonored

Critical Distance is proud to present its newest Critical Compilation, spotlighting Arkane Studios’ 2012 stealth action game Dishonored and its sequels, curated by Heather Dowling. Heather is a screenwriter at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. When she’s not working on TV scripts, she’s writing either for or about video games....

August 30th

Welcome back, readers. The Milwaukee Freedom Fund is currently supporting protestors in Kenosha fighting for racial justice and an end to state-sanctioned racist violence and murder with bail and attorney support. You can donate to them here. Around the site, Connor is back with our latest TMIVGV. Check it out for that sweet, sweet video crit. ...

July 2020

Hello, Readers. It’s late August 2020, by which I obviously mean it’s time to think about videos from July 2020. Here’s where you can support protesters against police violence in North America. These columns seem to be getting larger every month, thanks to all the great critical vids being made and your help in alerting me to them. More and more...

August 23rd

Welcome back, readers. Feels strange that summer is winding down–that technically 2020 is winding down. What is time, again? Keep safe, everybody. There seems to be no end of fires this year (some of them quite literal), and accompanying them no shortage of valuable causes in dire need of attention and support. For this week, this one still feels...

Final Fantasy VII

This highly-anticipated Critical Compilation for Square Enix’s 1997 RPG Final Fantasy VII and its 2020 remake comes to us via Drew Byrd. Drew Byrd holds at least two media studies degrees and works primarily in public education. You can follow him on Twitter at @tasogaremurmur. Final Fantasy VII has enjoyed a commercial and critical legacy like few...

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