Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Red Dead Redemption 2, developed by Rockstar Games, is the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. Announced in October 2016, the game quickly became one of the most anticipated games of the generation. Originally planned to release in the second half of 2017, the game was…


The Arztotzkan Flag — Papers, Please (2013)

Papers, Please, released in 2013 by video game designer Lucas Pope, is unique, even among other video games. Some of the themes that the game incorporates are commonly explored in the medium. However, one of its themes, that of immigration and immigration systems, are more rare among video games. Additionally…


This weekend marked the beginning of the closed beta for Ubisoft’s newest Tom Clancy game, The Division 2. The game is set in Washington D.C. after a bio-terrorist released a weaponized version of the smallpox virus as a means of population control. The player character is an agent of The…


Kirstin Dunst and Orlando Bloom in “Elizabethtown” (2005)

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is a trope that has existed in media, art, and literature for a long time; however, the term was only coined in 2007 by film critic, Nathin Rabin. In his review of the Orlando Bloom film Elizabethtown, Rabin described Kirsten Dunst’s stewardess character as…


Games in 2018 had some really good and varied soundtracks, so much so that I found it nearly impossible to rank them. Because of this, I’ve included my favorites in no particular order.

God of War (Composer: Bear McCreary)


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Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”

Toni Morrison’s novels Beloved and Jazz both tell stories that involve African-American men discovering and claiming their senses of masculinity. Some critics, such as Stanley Crouch, argue that Morrison…


Tetris Effect is the latest game from Lumines and Rez creator, Tetsuya Mizuguchi. It was revealed at E3 over the summer, and I won’t lie, the trailer got me emotional for reasons I can’t really explain. It’s just a narrator describing the Tetris effect, a pattern of hallucinations or behaviors…


The Haunted Forest

Shortly after the launch of Destiny 2, developer Bungie began teasing their first expansion: Curse of Osiris. The expansion looked promising. Players would explore a new area on Mercury, where they would also play through a story campaign involving one of the lore’s most enigmatic figures, Osiris; however, one of…

Jon Simpson

Hi, I’m Jon. I’m an English grad student who loves books, video games, movies, and really anything with a story. I write articles that I’d like to read.

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