i kind of regret going with this domain in particular, but it's too late to change now
I'm Greg Livingston, but you can call me Golem. Here, I practice writing about video games. I value emotive commentary rather than qualitative commentary. Instead of discussing what is good and what is bad, I want to discuss the emotions that gameplay imparts upon a player.
That's kind of a snooty way of saying that video games have more than just right and wrong; they have a whole bunch of different flavors.
What do these types mean?
(Close this thing)
s are essays that set out to prove a thesis. A NIFTY
contains a neat thought for a thesis without very critical or insightful analysis. HESITANT
s are essays that I'm reluctant to post because either the discussion is shallow or the understanding of the game at hand is factually incorrect. A PROJECT
is a series of ARTICLE
s whose theses all string together as a larger work.
Posted: 2014-02-28 01:30:48
An introduction to Space Harrier design by way of Space Harrier 3-D's first level.
Posted: 2014-02-03 03:07:29
In Super Mario World, castle 2 brings a number of intimidating elements together and ramps up difficulty over time. This essay provides jump-by-jump analysis of the level to show how it all comes together.
View All Articles
Latest Nifty Essays
Posted: 2014-03-06 22:36:46
Super Mario Bros. knows how to get one over on its players.
Posted: 2014-01-30 03:20:15
A review of Bowser fights from many Mario platformers. What gameplay characteristics make Bowser who he is?
View All Nifty Essays
Posted: 2014-01-15 01:02:53
A review of the dungeon sequence in Ocarina of Time. This project discusses the theme of each individual dungeon and its role in the overall sequence of dungeons.
View All Projects
Latest Hesitant Essays
Posted: 2014-03-03 12:27:02
Street Fighter II: The Musical.
Posted: 2014-02-28 09:51:47
Ico's use of a fixed camera has implications for the player's ability to progress.
View All Hesitant Essays
- The Commune - Home to podcasts where my friends say thoughtful things about games.
- VG Thought Forums - Where we organize The Commune. Feel free to join in!
- The Anxiety of Ninfluence - My dopey Tumblr blog. Here's where I post scraps of (VG) thought before turning them into full pieces.
All original content on VG Thought was written by Greg Livingston AKA Golem.