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July 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name

What Are We On About Today What I want to do today is to talk about genres and classification, and to do so primarily by evaluating two claims: the first, that Portal 2 is a puzzle game, and the second, that Dragon Age 2 is not an epic.  I intend …

Wars of Worldcraft

Usually my posts are entirely abstract, meant to entertain, inform, irritate or enlighten, but thus far I have avoided practical affairs. For the most part, video games are either enjoyed or they are not; an experience is gleaned, or it is not; but roleplaying games are something else entirely, for …

On the Plurality of Worlds

Friend and longtime Ontological Geek reader/commenter Afh has written us a guest article on the subject of world-building, posted here for your enjoyment! One of the great things about the human imagination is that, as well as coming up with ideas for use in the real world or conjuring up …

Going the Distance

In my original Additional Pylons, I introduced the idea of distance. I haven’t stopped refining my understanding of the concept since then, and so today I’m going to share some of my thoughts regarding its ramifications and investigate some incredible artistic possibilities that gaming’s naturally low level of distance opens …