[Gamechurch article] Alienation and Accessibility in The Lady
Indie / Mental illness

[Gamechurch article] Alienation and Accessibility in The Lady

Playing MPR’s The Lady is a disturbing and deeply frustrating experience. Surreal and inexplicable, this horror game could more accurately be described as a simulation of how it feels to experience mental illness. With no guidance, the player is thrown headlong into a series of incomprehensibly counter-intuitive puzzles, overwhelmed by horrifyingly disconcerting imagery, a gnarling … Continue reading

Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism
Coming of Age / Female protagonist / Girls / Mental illness / Social commentary / Women

Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism

I recently discovered and fell in love with HBO’s award-winning series Girls. It took me some time at first, but I am now convinced that Girls is a revolutionary move in television and a huge step forward for the portrayal of women in media. Girls details the ups and downs of four very different women in their early twenties living … Continue reading

Review: A Bird Story and the difference between games and movies
Coming of Age / Indie / Storytelling

Review: A Bird Story and the difference between games and movies

Freebird Games’ A Bird Story is beautiful short game. Overflowing with pathos, this simple gem brought me to tears with its poignant use of music, charming retro design and extremely skilled wordless storytelling. A Bird Story follows the journey of a young boy through the loneliness of childhood, frictions with neglectful adults and the joys and whims of the imagination. … Continue reading

Review: Character development in The Walking Dead (seasons 1-5)
Bechdel test / Morality / Post-apocalyptic / Survival / The Walking Dead / The will to live / Women

Review: Character development in The Walking Dead (seasons 1-5)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers up to season 5 episode 8 of The Walking Dead.] As a huge fan of Telltale’s The Walking Dead games and the zombie apocalypse trope in general, I hold The Walking Dead TV show in high regard. Over four seasons, I have observed huge development and evolution, not just in the plot and narrative … Continue reading