When Games Matter: Words With Friends and My Mom

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 about who we are and the world we live in.My mother would tell you that I am really bad about keeping in touch with her sometimes (ok most of the time), and she would probably be right.Hence, Words with Friends. It's basically a version of Scrabble that you play on your mobile phone or … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Child of Eden and Sharing the Single Player Experience

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuYWLYjOa_0When 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."Wow beautiful.""That is so cool--its like you are making the music!""This must be one of those games that people who are high like to play."Each of these words was spoken last night as I … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: "The Equalizer"

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. I coach a boys club soccer team--in fact one of the very best teams in the state of Alabama. Last weekend my boys team represented the state of Alabama in the Region III Presidents Cup--a tournament in which all the Division 2 State … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Was that Supposed to Happen?

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.For all the wonderful dialogue in L. A. Noire, the near perfect animations of character's facial expressions, and the excellent voice performances, my favorite moments in the game tend to be the least scripted.L. A. Noire is a detective … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Hilarious World of Portal 2

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.Last week I wrote about how Valve's Portal surprised me by being more than a puzzle game -  a game that moved me to think about fate, free will, and human autonomy. No matter your thoughts on those subjects, it's exciting so see the power o … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: A Portal Induced Existential Crisis

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.SPOILER ALERT: read no further if you have not played the original Portal and intend to do so.You wake up in  a test chamber. Everything around you looks clean, the lines and edges of the objects around you are well-defined. You are c … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Uncomfortable World of Quelf

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.I have only known Sam a few months but we are holding hands while his wife Misty is sitting underneath my dinning room table. My pregnant wife is jumping up and down and shouting, "I'm a chicken! I'm a chicken! I'm a chicken!" My telephone … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: A Tale of Two Crafts

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.I recently started playing Starcraft again with some friends. Several years I ago I was fairly decent at it.  I never memorized "build orders" or developed intricate “rush” strategies but I was fast and I knew most of the key board short … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: The Slums of New Vegas

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.To be perfectly honest, I hit a wall with Fallout New Vegas. There was a point when the world just didn't matter that much to me.  It's probably my fault and its probably my interest in other games that played the largest part in my d … [Read more...]

When Games Matter: Pandemic (Board Game Edition)

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.I have been writing a lot lately about how games have a unique power to bring people together. I have also been writing about how frustrating they can be and how they are so often bent toward competition. Behind each of these explorations … [Read more...]


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