Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2015)
by V.-M. Karhulahti
This article introduces the concept of ludocriticism as a practice for evaluating videogame artifacts. It is not so much concerned with understanding the product, but rather with whether the product is worth understanding. The primary method of this practice is hermeneutics.
by M. J. Heron & P. H. Belford
This paper discusses the nature of structured and non-structured exploration and the pivotal role it plays in the experience we have of branching narratives. We then discuss how free-from story structures create a new kind of game genre—the "empathic puzzler."
by R. Rath
Video games have great potential to encourage tangential learning, but obstacles still exist. Enter explanatory game criticism, a critical structure that generates a springboard for tangential learners and offers them routes to continue their exploration using vetted sources.
by S. C. Jennings
This article posits an approach to games criticism in which the subjectivity of the critic is accepted as central and necessary. It provides a method by which the critic and the critic’s experiences become a part of the game text under analysis.
by V. Navarro-Remesal & A. Loriguillo-López
This article defends gêmu (or Japanese games) as a separate category for the critique of games, based on their relation to Cool Japan, the Japanese media mix, and their specific aesthetic and creative features, including design strategies, animation techniques, genres, and tropes.
by D. Parisi
New consoles are lauded for their capacity to revolutionize the relationship between players and games. By looking at formal and commercial logics of console controller design, this article shows why stability, not revolution, has defined the controller's material configuration.