Stefan H. Simond

God of War Ragnarök

Is it getting chilly in here? God of War Ragnarök has landed and received raving reviews across the board. We took some time, engaged with it deeply, and yes…it is totally awesome. Here’s our review! Shownotes Our brand new Discord server Plus 14. How God of War Works (Studying Pixels)

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Join us on Discord

It has been a long time coming. Especially since a certain aversion towards Twitter can hardly be ignored any longer, we thought it best to create our own space for community exchange. The official Studying Pixels Discord server is a lively place for all things game studies and video game culture. Apart from being able…

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Extremism in Gaming Communities (with Rachel Kowert)

Gaming communities can be a lovely place of bonding and encouragement. However, and in no contradiction to the former, they can also be excluding, pervaded by extremism, and profoundly hostile towards anything ‘different’. Why is that so and what can we do about it? – Those are the questions we ask Dr. Rachel Kowert, renowned…

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Bayonetta 3

The witch is back in town—frantic, silly, and always in the mood to dance. We played through Bayonetta 3 and consider it exceedingly stylish though some of the shots it fires miss the mark. Here’s our review, including our commentary to the drama that revolved around the change in voice actresses. Shownotes PlatinumGames confirms Jennifer…

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How God of War Works

God of War. Instant classic? Accidental genius? Somewhere in between, we think! Join us in this breakdown of the history and themes of the God of War franchise. Just please, don’t let your anger get the better of you, Kratos has enough of that to go around. After dissecting what makes these games so interesting…

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Games That Actually Scared Us

Okay, in this Halloween special Dan and Stefan are talking about games that actually scared them. And some of those titles you probably have not heard of so far. Buckle up, it’s pumpkin time!

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Games as Historical Problem Spaces (with Jeremiah McCall)

From Assassin’s Creed to Civilization and from The Oregon Trail to Valiant Hearts—video games are profoundly fascinated with history. But how can we analyse those representations of history without simply ‘fact checking’ the games? We are joined by the historian and long-running high school teacher Dr. Jeremiah McCall for a conversation about his framework of…

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Unusual Findings & 80s Nostalgia

In recent years, we have seen a wave of media nostalgically embracing the 80s. Unusual Findings is the latest entry: a Maniac Mansion inspired point’n’click adventure. Does the crowdfunded project manage to transport us back to the childhood we never had? And what is the appeal of 80s nostalgia anyway? Here’s our review! Get Studying…

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The End of Stadia, Dunkey Turns Publisher, GTA 6 Leaks, and More

Some interesting stories flew under our radar and so it is time to catch up! We are talking about the end of Google Stadia, videogamedunkey starting a publishing company, the turmoil revolving around the GTA 6 leaks, and the unification of chargers in the EU. Afterwards we are sharing our impressions of games we have recently played: Infernax, GRIS, Jojo’s…

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Heaven is a Halfpipe: The Story of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater have inspired an entire generation. And they have disappointed that same generation unlike barely any other series. How did the series go from being one of the most beloved video game franchises to making one of the worst games ever released? – Blow the dust off your skateboards and come…

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