No game has ever scared me quite the way Miasmata did.
Just the word - miasmata, miasmata, a nonsense sound, a catechism, the rolling of the waves and wind - is enough to make my chest constrict.
Here is a puzzle of the true sort; an exploration of the senses and the mind. It taps into instincts you had forgotten you had, a memory not for faces and landmarks but for the shape of the world; a pigeon-like sense of the way back.
And darker instincts. The fear of darkness, of exposure. Of small sounds that may or may not fit.
Your mouth really does go dry, you know. Your body does tense. Your head pounds with your pulse. These are things that happen outside the pages of literary clichés. To be alone in the wild is to know, intimately, the limits of the flesh, and to feel that all one’s courage, all one’s cleverness, and all one’s confidence in the body can be rendered moot by the faster and the stronger and the sharper.
It can smell you. And you, you can’t even lift your heavy limbs. And when you do it is only to stumble, to not so much run as to never quite fall, to tumble down into shelter with hand over mouth unable to stifle your breath, let alone the half-formed words that rise there.
I can not go back.
Miasamata is #3 for the next two hours in GOG’s summer sale.
Is Sheik Zelda in disguise, and therefore a tomboy? Yes. Is Sheik Zelda’s butch lesbian form — the Hylian equivalent of Shane? Yes. Is Sheik Zelda utterly transformed into a male counterpart, and therefore a trans* hero? Yes. Is Sheik the red-eyed antithesis of the gender binary, as fluid and as free as the water in the Zora Kingdom? Hell yes. Sheik’s gender is time-traveling bard. Sheik’s gender is shoulder muscles. Sheik’s gender is my hair’s falling across my eyes but I’m too busy playing the harp and fighting blood spirits to worry about that right now.Sheik and The Ocarina of Time: Queering Up Hyrule
I wrote this. Mostly from the encyclopaedic depths of my brain.
Here’s the first of our GotY videos. I love our video editor.
Before they took Sarah, my rage was just barely contained, like the infinitely dense point of matter that gave birth to this whole goddamn universe. It’s not that I didn’t have access to a wellspring of manly anger before her death, it’s just that there was no need to unleash it on an unprepared world.Diary of a Western Videogame Protagonist |
Transistor, y u no appear on every single most anticipated of 2014 list?
strobing zoetrope holotank filled with glitchy rubber characters
Apt description of every AAA game this generation.
App icon for The Drowning, new iOS shooter from the former executive producer of Battlefield. Grab it on iTunes for zero cash dollars.
The godlike are the children of humanoids (most often humans) who have been “blessed” (or cursed, depending on personal or social view) with the physical manifestation of a divine spark granted by the gods. Godlike manifest their divine heritage in a variety of ways: wings, horns, strange birthmarks, talons, odd eyes - but they always manifest it somehow.
Godlike concept, Polina, Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment on Kickstarter
Yes. More of this, industry.
The strategy is to have customers pay $60 or more to traverse for hundreds of hours through story lines with orchestral soundtracks and realistic, hologram-like heroes and heroines.
Realistic, hologram-like heroes and heroines.
You know, I’m quite tempted to transition into mainstream media.
— Tim (@burgerdrome) November 28, 2012