[This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Ben Abraham on topics including the dark side of FIFA 18 Coins Neptune's Pride, Native Americans in video games, and more.]Five hours sleep. Thats all I got last night before getting up to spend the day in the freezing chill at the top of a mountain. Needless to say, this ones gonna be as short as possible.At Nightmare Mode, Lizz Quinlan discusses Valves Project lil and inclusiveness in Portal 2.Eric Lockaby
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I was thinking about speedrunning culture. You know, where people compete to get their total time down, carefully exploiting glitches in the game world, until, over the course of months or
years in some cases, they gradually shape the original game into something much smaller. As if it were some new kind of stoneworking. And yet, in stonework were shaping raw material inward; speedrunners begin with a finished product. So what are they doing exactly? Are they making the game more finished? Better finished? Or are they simply working a product back into its raw material again?At KillScreen Magazines blog this week, Simon Ferrari writes about Neptunes Pride and it
Dark Side:"One of the first things I learned while studying game design under Ian Bogost was that these [negative] emotions can and should be used expressively by game designers (ennui is Bogosts specialty). And recently weve seen a few highly publicized cases of fifaah players modifying their own personal rule setsdoing iron, hardcore, or permadeath runs in difficult videogamesin order to amplify potential negative emotions and the resulting cathartic load."And Danielle Riendeau considers