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“7/10 is the score of amazingness. 10/10 isn't perfection, it's mainstream bullshit. anything genuinely interesting gets 7/10.”—Michael Brough
A 7/10 isn't perfect because it took a risk. A 7/10 wanted to be something new. A 7/10 tried so much it couldn't get all of it right.
I write about 7/10 games. I write about what went right, and what we can learn from their design. I am a creative writing MFA, so my approach is orientated around figuring out how it all works rather than all that it means. How does a game make you feel a thing? How does a game take you to a place? How does it introduce you to a character? Creative writing analysis is for figuring out how to copy and use important techniques of craft and form, and that is what I hope my games writing will do too.
Recently, I've taken a step back to curate the new and emerging voices in comics in games that I feel embody this same spirt of art and criticism. I'm still writing, but I want to make space for what I think are the most important upcoming artists in comics and games. Please join me in helping to support them!