Month: October 2016

Review: “Alan Wake”

Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake made quite a splash on its release in 2010, heralded along with Heavy Rain as big advances in the narrative maturity of the video game form. With the PC version just released this year, and the de rigueur alternate reality game teaser for the sequel already in progress, Left Gamer Review […]

Also Ranting About Games: Indoor Kids Podcast

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry that’s basically only reported on by people easily distracted by shiny things. (Exception: Left Gamer Review. As soon as the studios wise up and start sending us free games, it’ll be obvious that we only seem so positive because we’re selective. It’s pretty depressing to drop sixty bucks on […]

Preview: (We already hate) “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″

Normally, Left Gamer Review tries to maintain a certain critical distance from the games we examine. After all, a game can be great without endorsing LGR’s political perspective. And if we only enjoyed playing games that explicitly endorsed the overthrow of capitalism, we probably would have given up on the medium entirely. But sometimes, a […]

Games “for women” or women’s games?

This essay is inspired by the great Feminist Frequency and its redoubtable host Anita Sarkeesian, who just struck an awesome blow against gamer sexism with the smashing success of the “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” Kickstarter campaign. If you’re not familiar with FF, Left Gamer Review strongly recommends you check out theYouTube channel, especially […]

Review: “Spec Ops: The Line”

2K Games’ Spec Ops: The Line, though often frustrating to play, is a deeply compelling attempt to turn a shooter into something troubling and complicated. The Line doesn’t reward you for fake video game bravery the way most military shooters do. Instead, this is a game that punishes you. Toward the end, the game actively taunts you during […]