“A curse like that does not lift for nothing” – Return of the Obra Dinn and the Legacy of 19th century ecoGothic narratives

Originally submitted as an extended abstract. Lucas Pope’s critically acclaimed puzzle game, Return of the Obra Dinn, carries with it the legacy of early to mid-19th-century ecophobia and an emerging sense of guilt about humanity’s violence towards nature found in Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, Shelley’s Frankenstein: or the Modern Day Prometheus and…

The Sinking City – Review

The Sinking City (Ukraine: Frogwares, 2019) Morgan K. Pinder Something sinister is stirring in the depths below Oakmont Massachusetts. It’s the 1920s and private investigator Charles W. Reed is troubled by sinister visions that have drawn him to this mysterious seaside city. What awaits him is a series of disturbing mysteries and a myriad of…

Inscryption – video game review

In my experience as an average video game consumer you don’t find indie gems, somehow they find you. While I love a game that is strange and beautiful I feel terrible for not combing through itch.io looking for these undiscovered masterpieces. As a result of my gaming tastes coupled with laziness I often fall prey…