When Games Matter: Playing against the Grain

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. Interactivity distinguishes games from other media. This simultaneously makes games a fascinating medium and one that can easily be exploited and one that opens games up to a great host of experiences. Authoring meaning in game design can … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: For the Love of the Grind

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. If there is any one thing that will motivate me to put down a game never to pick it up again, it is "grinding." For those of you nongamers out there, "grinding" refers to the practice of delaying progression in a game in order to focus on … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Skyrim's Personal Deities

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. When games take on religion, it is usually from a cultural standpoint. Games like Fallout, Dragon Age or Red Dead Redemption illustrate how religion influences and shapes culture but they don't actually tell us much about any particular … [Read more...]

Skyrim and the Other Reality

Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest writer Jordan Ekeroth. Jordan lives in sunny San Diego, where he studies Theology and writes about videogames.  You can see his ongoing project at Follow and Engage. If there’s one thing that humans have been proven to be good at, it’s survival. Our history is made up of stories of people enduring even the most adverse conditions. However, that gift bears with it an unfortunate side effect. We are also very good at settling for less. There … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Wonderful Lore of Skyrim

When Games Matter is a weekly exploration by Drew Dixon of meaningful moments in games. Operating under the assumption that games do in fact matter, Drew seeks to highlight those moments that have much to say to say about who we are and the world we live in. Tom Bissel recently wrote an interesting review of sorts of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which he spent the latter half of the article criticizing the game's poorly conceived dialogue and overly abundant lore: Dense expositional lore has no … [Read more...]


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