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You Should Probably Play Virginia

There are a lot of good things about Virginia, an odd little forensic narrative from developers Variable State. It proudly and rightly wears its 90s influences of The X-Files and Twin Peaks on its sleeves and every sleeve you see on the way. It has a strangely entrancing graphical style, one that evokes visually minimal […]

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The Magnificent Seven Review — One For Two

The Magnificent Seven is intense. Oh, sorry, forgot to finish that. The Magnificent Seven is intensely uninteresting. It’s less of a movie and more a collection of clichés thrown into a dusty Western sack and shot out of a revolver. That’s not to say there aren’t redeeming qualities, but as a comprehensible piece of entertainment, […]

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You Should Probably Play The Bunker

I don’t think The Bunker is a very good game. It’s not even a mildly good game, and that’s mostly because of one thing: it’s not really a game at all. On the spectrum of FMV games—one that ranges from one half-hearted step beyond being a movie to full-on controlling these real people like digital […]

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Snowden Review — In Repose

Calling something “glacial” always was a bit of an unintended compliment. It implied that it at least wanted to move, to go somewhere with its ambitions. (Plus it gave you an excuse to think about actual glaciers.) That’s why it feels unfair to call Snowden—across its 134 painfully uneventful, uninterested minutes–even that. It is the […]

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