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Weekend Reading: Real Funny, Scary Funny, Real Scary

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours. /// Where “It” Was, Adrian Daub, Los Angeles Review of Books Stephen King writes stories set in a specific place; those small and mysterious places that have to be felt, not seen, along the coast of New England. And…

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A trash game that you should definitely play

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Windows, Mac) BY SUNDAE MONTH Similar to how Viscera Cleanup Detail used the role of a janitor to make players question the presumptions of a violent space-faring hero, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor shows a different side to the cosmic explorer’s life. Labeled an “anti-adventure,” you play as a janitor who relatably dreams of a bigger, brighter future. The world consists of a chaotic cityscape, where you must not only incinerate everyone’s garbage, but can also explore trading opportunities, quests,…

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Weekend Reading: Disagree to Disagree

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours. /// One Nation Divisible, Bloomberg To put things patronizingly lightly, the upcoming US election is a little contentious. Rollercoaster polls and sewer rhetoric doesn’t exactly enlighten us to understand how things arrived here. In a grand meta-feature, Bloomberg has…

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A game about the tough task of being a woman

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Perfect Woman (Xbox One) BY PETER LU & LEA SCHÖNFELDER Perfect Woman is about the impossible performances of being a woman. It takes you from the first breath to the last in the life of a woman, making a number of decisions that affect the trajectory of her life along the way. But it’s not just the choices you make that determine her fate: each step in her life is followed up by a performance of that role, the Xbox’s Kinect tracking your full-body movement as you…

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Weekend Reading: Hot Food, Expensive Taste, Cheap Ghosts

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours. /// Pushing the ‘Ye Button, Rollie Pemberton, Hazlitt In his current metamorphosis, Kanye West, in his own words, aspires to be like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs; creators with transcendent brands upon the globe. Of course, like Jobs’…

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Bound brings videogames to the ballet

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Bound (PlayStation 4) BY PLASTIC STUDIOS & SIE SANTA MONICA STUDIO Rhythm games may use dancing animations to show a beat, but not many games engage with dance as an artform. In Bound, the beauty of the ballet takes center stage. The platformer casts the player as a faceless dancer who must defeat a nebulous monster by pirouetting across each fragmented level. With abstract landscapes and an irresistibly graceful protagonist, Bound is a feast for the eyes. The surreal story and level design paint…

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Weekend Reading: I Am The Passenger

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours. /// Perpetual Motion Machines, Chenoe Hart, Real Life As self-driving cars dawn over the horizon of the highway, it’s clear that the world might be transformed in ways that are still difficult to process. Chenoe Hart provides a wonderful…

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N++ knows you can go faster than that

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. N++(Windows, PlayStation 4) BY METANET SOFTWARE There hasn’t been an N game on PC since the first one back in 2004. Now the second sequel, N++, has arrived on its home platform (it’s also available on PS4). While it is a sequel, N++ is better considered a version of the original game that’s been refined and tweaked over the course of a decade. It’s a momentum-based 2D platformer as before, one that has you collecting gold squares while dodging missiles and darting past…

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The rise of VHS horror games

The introduction of VHS cassettes in the 1970s was a revolution in bringing horror closer to people. Two decades before, television became the primary medium for affecting public opinion, trumping newspapers and radio. This bore a generation eager to sit around a humming electronic box in their living rooms, allowing all kinds of foreign images to infiltrate their homes. But these broadcasts were typically newsreels and government-approved screenings—images under state control. VHS put more power to the viewer, who could decide what to watch and when, just by inserting a box-shaped pack of plastic into a tape player and letting its…