Category: Article

ARTICLE: Do Abstract Games Have a Story?

Many abstract games don’t seem to have a story. And while there may not be characters involved, there is still a story arch, a trip that the player goes through when playing. This story arch is filled with moments of tension, excitement, success, failure, meditation, etc. A game without an interesting trip lacks engagement. Stories have specific structures: beginning, middle… Read more →

ARTICLE: Is Being an “Auteur” Simply Being “Repetitive”?

When it comes to film, most of the directors we consider “Auteurs” are those who deliver products with great similarities in style and subject matter. Examples of this are: Tim Burton: Dark, Fantasy, Creepy, Playful. Woody Allen: Comedy, Absurd, Ensemble, Romance. Martin Scorsese: Mafia, Voice Over, New York, Fast Cuts. This “personal style” is what makes their films easily recognizable.… Read more →

ARTICLE: My Games Rating System

I believe that judging a game for its artistic value is quite different to judging a game for its commercial value. I don’t judge whether it’s fun or not. Replayability is not important. Quantity of content or multiplayer capabilities are not a factor. Neither are the quality of the graphics. In these reviews, the major factors are the following. MECHANICS: Does the game… Read more →