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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…

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Weekend Reading: Ride The Lightning, Snakepit, and other tales unrelated to Metallica

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 tragic story of Sheffield’s Park Hill bridge, Frances Byrnes, The Guardian In 2001, a man named Jason decided to one-up all the locks left behind on all the bridges, proposing to a woman named Clare with a…

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Style Savvy is a much-needed dose of beauty therapy

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Style Savvy (Nintendo 3DS) BY SYN SOPHIA What if I told you that a magical place existed where the makeovers flow like wine, and boutique shopping lives in a world where strip malls don’t exist. The place is Beaumonde City, and the game is the latest installment of Nintendo’s 3DS fashion sim, Style Savvy. Like past titles, you are a boutique manager helping every customer who walks through the door find exactly what she needs to put her best fashion foot forward. Aside from a…

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Kill Screen now has a mixtape of our favorite music on Spotify

Spotify recently introduced another category to help people sift through its gargantuan catalog of music. That category was “Gaming.” You’ll find a bunch of game soundtracks and playlists that have been curated with a view to provide an alternate soundtrack to whatever game you’re playing. With this effort from Spotify to lay a bridge across mediums came an opportunity for us, as people into both videogames and music, to do the same. That is why Kill Screen now has its own Guest List over on Spotify that you can follow. Simply put, it’s a mixtape of music we like, and we’ll be looking…

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Looky, looky: We’ve partnered up with Warby Parker for a game and glasses

Warby Parker and Kill Screen have in common a creative (and unconventional) approach to their respective fields of interest. Now we have a project in common, too: an original videogame and a pair of limited-edition glasses! As of today, August 23rd, Warby Parker’s first-ever—and totally free—videogame is available to play on screens at the Warby Parker website. With the help of Highline Games, Warby Parker and Kill Screen designed a physics-based matching game that perfectly captures our shared love of design and entertainment. Visually, it’s as beautiful as to be expected from us, and the physics-based ballfeel (calm it!) hits the sweet spot of being…

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Weekend Reading: This Is Not My Repugnant House, But That Is My Messy Life

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. /// McMansions 101: What Makes a McMansion Bad Architecture?, Worst of McMansions Wish you had better ground to criticize McMansion houses beyond them being the thematic villain of Poltergeist and the assumptions that its inhabitants only listen to EZ…

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Magic Wand captures what it’s like to play RPGs as a kid

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Magic Wand (Windows, Mac, Linux) By thecatamites Stephen Murphy, aka thecatamites, is perhaps best known for his parody game Space Funeral (2010). In it, he deconstructs the JRPG by taking the nonsense logic of their fetch quests and oddly single-purpose characters to new extremes. He proves it doesn’t take much for the JRPG to go from a fiction we can accept to an absurd cadaver of meaning. You can tell Murphy has fostered a love for JRPGs, but it’s a love for their encapsulated stupidity, their…

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Weekend Reading: Stuck In The Past, Covered In Pink Granite

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. /// Privacy Scandal Haunts Pokémon Go’s CEO, Sam Biddle, The Intercept Pokémon Go, a game that, despite being so underdog, obscure, and seldom referred to on an hourly basis in the media, has become one of the most downloaded…

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We wrote an ode for every character in Overwatch

How do you tackle a game as big and aqueous as Overwatch? Every so many weeks its meta game changes; characters fall in and out of favor, you win, you lose, you get fed up of firing pellets into Reinhardt’s shield for entire rounds. These changes are, for the most part, minuscule—noticeable only to the most dedicated players. Stand back far enough and you wouldn’t see them. What you will be able to observe from such a distance, however, is a maelstrom of rockets, gigantic thighs, and dragon spirits twirling in deadly coitus. Overwatch stands out for its personalities, so…