A Beginner’s Guide to Black Mirror

Netflix snuck into the narrative video game business late last year when it released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Ostensibly a film based on the hit Black Mirror series, Bandersnatch followed the structure of a “choose your own adventure” story, allowing viewers to make choices for the movie’s protagonist that would produce branching narratives. You can play…


Horror Noire

Horror Noire, a documentary produced for the horror-centric streaming service Shudder serves as a companion piece to Robin Means Coleman’s recent book Horror Noir: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1980s to the Present. Directed by Xavier Burgin, it expands the book’s scope to contextualize the often overlooked and misunderstood presence of black Americans…


A Brief History of Doom Mapping

In 2005, Erik Alm was 24 and living in Stockholm, Sweden, after dropping out of the prestigious KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden because he had been playing too much Doom and Diablo II. He was a bright, straight-laced chemistry student with a shaved head and friendly smile, and he was now enrolled at…

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