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Weekend Reading: The Republican National Comic Convention

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. /// The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka, Emiko Jozuka, Motherboard Around 10 years ago, a DJ and Oxford grad stumbled upon a thousand hours of recordings in the famous Pitt…

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Go on a Kafkaesque adventure in The Real Texas

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. THE REAL TEXAS (Windows, Mac) BY KITTY LAMBDA GAMES Sam is a real cowboy. He’s bored. So he goes on vacation to the land of castles and dragons—England. Once he arrives, Sam is soon sucked into a spinning portal where, on the other side, a purgatory awaits him. The place is called Strange, Texas, and it’s where he embarks on a series of problem-solving antics, punctuated by gunshots and fumbling conversation with the town’s kooky residents. The Real Texas came out in 2012…

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Weekend Reading: Oh The Places You’ll Pokémon Go

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. /// Say You Don’t Know Me: One Night in Pokémon Go, Jenn Frank, Paste Pokémon Go, a highly obscure indie gem that might’ve slipped your radar this week, is confronting players with the daunting reality of exiting the house…

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The new, silliest sport is Giraffe Volleyball

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. GIRAFFES VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 (Windows, Mac) BY SANDWICH PUISSANT The problem with many sports is that they’re taken too seriously. Competition is king in the land of sports. It drives violent rivalries, absurdly detailed post-match breakdowns, discussions of people as integers as if they were made in a factory to dispense sporting performance. For a long time this stern-faced attitude dominated sports videogames, but more recently, the genre has found its silly side. Giraffes Volleyball Championship 2016 is the latest sports game to…

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Weekend Reading: Question-Phrased-Headlines of the Sphinx

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. /// Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked?, Christian Donlan, Eurogamer Sure, you think Tetris is old? Think growing up with Tetris makes someone a real geezer? Guess what, Senet might predate hieroglyphics…

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Inside dares you to escape

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Inside (PC, Xbox One) BY PLAYDEAD Playdead appears to have taken some lessons from Limbo and the many emulators that came after it. Focusing on atmosphere and a mounting sense of dread, Inside is a journey into the grayness of the human condition under surveillance. You are a boy, you are hunted, you are observed, you are sacrificed, again and again. While more mechanically forgiving than its predecessor, Inside is cruel to its players in a way few other games have ever dared to…

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Weekend Reading: Clash or Credit

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. /// Clash Rules Everything Around Me, Tony Tulathimutte, Real Life There’s no question that the politics of many mobile games are a cynic’s. Money can be exchanged for nearly every minutia in their game world, making actually playing a…

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Don’t just look at these Rube Goldberg machines, play with them

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Perchang (iOS) BY PERCHANG LIMITED The over-engineered contraptions of Perchang do look a lot like Rube Goldberg machines but they differ very slightly. That difference is that they aren’t strictly there for you to look at; you must also operate them. The goal is simple each time: ensure a pre-requisite number of tiny balls enter the hole before the timer finishes. Without your interaction, this won’t happen, and so you have to press your thumbs on the screen to activate fans, or flippers, or tilt a…

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Weekend Reading: Man, What a World

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. /// Manipulation of Manhood: Julia Gfrorer’s Comic Book Misandry, Claire Napier, Women Write About Comics Gender and mutilation in myth and horror goes deep, but there’s something more grounded and eerie about how it is captivated in the work…