Tag Archives: Interactivity

Dear Esther

No matter what other games or mods you play this year, or indeed for the next five years, not many will come close to trumping the confusion factor of Dear Esther. You can imagine Dan Pinchbeck, the mod’s creator, cackling maniacally while piecing together the most befuddling narrative he could conjure up. Indeed, if his job was to get people talking about his game, then he can safely say mission accomplished. As a matter of fact, to even call Dear Esther a game would be quite a stretch, perhaps even an insult. Fundamentally, Dear Esther is a first person interactive…

Modern Warfare 2 – Killing Civilians

Once again, the world has been confronted with difficult questions about the nature of videogames as an entertainment form. Footage of recently release Modern Warfare 2 featuring the player gunning down innocent civilians in an airport was leaked several weeks ago and caused the usual ignorant and ill-informed backlash from the usual ignorant and ill-informed social commentators in the press. Accusations that “it makes light of terrorist activities” were thrown around will-nilly, betraying a gross misunderstanding of the medium, not to mention the scene itself (as this isn’t exactly what I would call a “light” treatment of terrorist violence). Yes,…