The invisible women of videogames

When I was a young girl, I read an anecdote about Lara Croft—it said that her iconic look was created when her designer wanted to enlarge her breasts by 50 percent but accidentally entered 150 percent in the window. When he saw the effect he decided that it was great and that’s how the heroine should look—and thus the legend was born. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s plausible, and the fact that it is tells us something about female characters in videogames, and how we think about women in general. Or maybe—how we look at them. It’s…

Portal 2

Portal 2 experiment results in beautiful wormhole art

Dear Chell, Where have you gone? This is your fault. You chose this path. The Aperture Science testing environment has been proven entirely safe for each test subject. Yet your typical violent behavior towards the equipment has proven that false. I’d just like to point out that you were given every opportunity to succeed. There was even going to be a party for you. There was going to be cake. Are you dead? I told you: When you’re dead I will be still alive. I said that. Remember? I warned you. I did. It was not a lie. Now you…


Shop class gets algorithmic and metaphysical with cube-within-a-cube mod

We don’t often get the chance to talk woodworking here at Kill Screen, but this instructional video on how to cut a block of wood into a square that is suspended inside another square—also a block of wood—lets us dream of a nerdy foray into the industrial arts we never knew.  You may think master carpenter Steve Ramsey has used some wood-working legerdemain such as carefully reconstructing the outer cube with glue to fit the little one in there, but not so! As we see in this tutorial, all it takes is some skill, patience, and forethought with the drill…