Why Horror is Scarier With Weapons

Our favorite games are often the ones that made us feel these really cool, powerful things. How’d you feel when you met your first Colossus or saw Rapture for the first time? I think the best games stick with us because everything about them, from mechanics to presentation, is all about crafting that perfect, powerful moment.

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What's The Point of Games Criticism, Anyway?

I wish I were a better writer than I am. While I am amazingly fortunate to have a number of people who believe in me enough to pay me money to do this, I do not feel particularly satisfied with my work. I’ve read people who can put words together better than I can. I feel embarrassed by my simplistic writing style. I’m not fancy like some writers. I don’t know what it means to write with muscularity or whatever. All I do is sit down in front of a computer, let my brain stream ideas out, then reread it and publish it if it’s good.

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The Games of 2016

A lot of folks create their list of most anticipated games about this time of year, and I thought about doing the same. Then I realized that, quite honestly, those people have all probably done a better job, so I decided to do something a bit different.

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What's A Power Fantasy?

I was watching some video the other week about video games, and the narrator said something that perplexed me. He suggested that all games were power fantasies, because you could beat them. This didn’t set right with me, but since that video, I’ve noticed he wasn’t the only one who felt that way, and I wanted to write a short piece on why that is.

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Battlefield: Hardline Is Not What You Think

Battlefield Hardline is one of the most interesting AAA games on the market, which makes it all the harder to have to report that it’s just not that good. It tries. It tries hard. It does new things by the boatload, and the new things it does are fascinating, but in the end, the game is a letdown. If it had had more time, it might have been something great. As it is, Hardline is merely special.

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I Am Stomp

MY NAME IS R. BROGUN KILGORE. THIS IS STOMP. THIS WEB SITE HAPPENED WHEN A "GAMES WRITER," AS IF THAT IS A REAL PROFESSION, CAME TO ME AND SAID "I NEED YOU, GREATEST OF ALL EDITORS, TO EDIT FOR ME." AND I SAID OKAY, BECAUSE HE'S RIGHT. I AM GREATEST OF ALL EDITORS. THAT IS WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS JUST A WEB SITE AND NOT A REAL MAGAZINE. TERRIBLE.

STOMP IS ABOUT VIDEO GAMES, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. IT WILL NEVER SUCCEED OR MATTER. AND I AM FINE WITH THAT, BECAUSE VIDEO GAMES ARE DUMB, BUT IT'S MY JOB TO PRETEND THEY'RE SMART AND WORTH PLAYING, SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO.

WELCOME TO STOMP, YOU SANCTIMONIOUS ASSHOLES.

I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON IT.