Category Archives: Video Games

Reviews After the Fact: Bioshock Infinite

It’s never too late to review a game; some of us just go at our own pace. “Reviews After the Fact” offers a critical look at a game, past or present, well after attention has subsided and people have moved … Continue reading

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Dungeon Keeper Mobile: A Game Greedy Companies Play

And the brouhaha around EA’s mobile Dungeon Keeper remake continues. For those unfamiliar with Dungeon Keeper, it originally appeared as a PC game in 1997. The player assumes the role of a fantasy villain who designs and maintains a dungeon, … Continue reading

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Dissertation Notes: Put ‘Er, um, there: The Atari Secret Handshake

“Dissertation Notes” is the oh-so-clever name of my (semi) regular segment briefly highlighting the interesting, unusual, or thought-provoking materials I have come across while working on my dissertation. Are you a true Atari fanatic? A real one? Come on, be … Continue reading

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Mothers Month: Part 3 – Mother 3

“Speaking of waiting, next time we’ll wrap up the series with a look at Mother 3, a game that was in development for nine years.” Little did I know nearly nine months would pass before I brought the last installment. … Continue reading

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The December 9, 1993 Video Game Hearing, a Look Back

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the hearings on violent video games that led to the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Led by Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, lawmakers and a panel of alarmed experts denounced video games … Continue reading

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Notes from the Game Presentation Circuit

PrimarySourceCode is not dead and neither am I. Far from it, I have been making excellent progress on my research and I have been delivering talks on video games. At the end of October, I had the privilege of speaking … Continue reading

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Saving Games: Code4lib Mid-Atlantic

Last Thursday I had the privilege to deliver a presentation for the August monthly meetup for Code4lib Mid-Atlantic.   I talked about the challenges facing video game preservation and what they mean for people in cultural institutions.  I want to … Continue reading

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