A Digital Diorama

I’m sure many Dutch people will feel a spark of recog­ni­tion when I say that De Eftel­ing was my favour­ite theme park as a kid. What set the place apart from most of the oth­ers in the Neth­er­lands at the time (and argu­ably still) is its con­sist­ent fairytale-inspired atmo­sphere.* *The Eftel­ing nos­tal­gia is not without racist […Read more…]

Transformations

On men­tal health, the dis­cov­ery of being trans, and reclaim­ing my writerly self. […Read more…]

Words that English should borrow from Dutch

You know you want to. […Read more…]

A Xenophobe’s Lot in the Interstellar Seelee Directorate

Some Seelee­lee are not happy. Be­cause they are xeno­phobes. […Read more…]

The past future tense in eSports casting

A brief note on using the fu­ture tense to de­scribe recent events dur­ing eSports­casting. […Read more…]

You know what I did this summer?

My last post was in April… but don’t worry, I have an excuse. Sev­eral, in fact. First of all, after sev­eral months of employ­ment issues, I found the time to fin­ish my PhD thesis dur­ing the sum­mer. The manu­script was approved, two big appen­dices writ­ten, the defense date fixed. It’s a whole load off my shoulders […Read more…]

Back to where we began in Quake

In which I ram­ble a tiny bit about Quake’s sym­bolic world and its mom­my issues, along with a tenu­ous com­pari­son to Dark Souls. […Read more…]

Preludes to Kentucky Route Zero

Last month, I made my debut in Un­win­nable Weekly maga­zine with a piece on the pre­ludes to Ken­tucky Route Zero. If, like me, your an­xious­ly await­ing the fourth act of that game, it can’t hurt to take a look at the (free) games that came before. You can down­load A House in Cali­for­nia, Ruins, and Bal­loon Dia­spora from the Card­board Com­pu­ter web­site. I also briefly wrote about Ruins here before, back when I was a wee lad. Or ac­tual­ly, a couple of years ago. If you’re inte­res­ted, you can read an ex­cerpt from my ar­ticle for free on the Unwinnable site, or bet­ter yet, sub­scribe or pur­chase the whole issue. […Read more…]

Guns & Gowns

Some­thing of a ram­ble about what made me stop play­ing Knights of the Old Re­pu­blic II for a while, about play­ing dress-up with guns and gowns and what that has to do with role­play­ing, and about what Ian Bo­gost wrote in The At­lan­tic today on games and the re­pre­sen­ta­tion of in­di­vi­duals. […Read more…]

Type Travels: Leigh Alexander’s Mona

Mona is a short story by Leigh Alex­ander with gor­geous illu­stra­tions by Emily Car­roll. The story is part sen­sual urban hor­ror, part hom­age to the game Silent Hill 2. The story recent­ly went on sale, and I pro­vi­ded the design for the e-book ver­sions. Have a look at the design below, and don’t for­get to buy a copy of the story! […Read more…]