Monthly Archives: January 2012

Game Changers 4

I’ve been reading Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which is a novel about many things, but largely about detachment and loss. It’s concerned with those things which were a part of our world, once, but are not now and cannot be again. In O’Neill’s novel we find Dutch-born Hans van den Broek in the strange and tense setting of New York immediately post-9/11. Like the New York skyline, Hans is experiencing the emptiness that follows loss, the sensation that something is wrong, something is missing. Estranged from the structure and support of family, friends, a home or a purpose, Hans is detached […]


Catherine Chokes On Its Own Aspirations 5

I remember first hearing about Catherine in a short Escapist article which mostly focused on how the game looked to be sexy and weird. Clips of bipedal sheep being eviscerated interspersed with shots of a not-overdressed blonde made up most of the trailer, and as the narration was in Japanese, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I would probably have completely forgotten about it, but once the game came out, some months later, games critics I respect and admire began to wax rhapsodic about its many virtues. Catherine deals with sex, marriage, and relationships, they said, and […]


Skyrim is Gonzo Pornography 11

After 70 hours or so of play, I finished the main quest line of Skyrim. By this point I had completed the Thieves’ Guild quest line and a smattering of other quests from all over the map. I had discovered dozens of dungeons, slain many dragons, and finished more petty side-quests than I care to admit. When I decided to stop wandering the map and focus on finishing the central plot of the game, I was able to complete my remaining tasks in a couple hours, kept slow by my insistence on playing as a Bosmer archer instead of using […]

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Matt’s 2011 In Review

Bill has already introduced the concept, so I won’t tread over that ground again. Instead, here are my 2011 experiences, wrapped up in a pretty Christmas bow for you! Oh, and within this present are numerous spoilers. I spare no secrets. Of the games that were released in 2011, I played, in roughly this order: Dead Space 2 Dragon Age 2 Portal 2 Killzone 3 Bastion L.A. Noire From Dust Catherine Bulletstorm Crysis 2 Gears of War 3 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Deus Ex: Human Revolution F.E.A.R. 3 Infamous 2 Skyrim Arkham City The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Good […]

Bill’s 2011 In Review

2011 is gone, and games websites everywhere are just wrapping up their end-of-year lists and Game of the Year winners.  The Ontological Geek is no different, but rather than choosing a Game of the Year or series of awards for the website as a whole, Matt and I are both going to offer our thoughts on the games of 2011, their highs and lows, disappointments and… appointments…?  Anyway. I didn’t play anything like all the important games of 2011, but I played more new games this year than I have ever in the past, so I thought I’d single out […]