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- Writing about games writing always risks getting stuck in an infinite feedback loop and ending up a gibbering wreck, but I couldn’t not mention Alec Meer’s superb article on Bastion over at Rock Paper Shotgun. It does exactly what great games retrospectives should do: evoke the emotion of playing the game, alongside deeper considerations of the questions asked by the game. Of course, it helps that Bastion raises those questions in the first place, but it’s still a thought-provoking piece (even if I do disagree with his opinion of the art style).

- For the three or four of you out there who still don’t own a copy of Portal, it’s still available free for a couple more days. At this rate, every Steam client should just come with Portal and Team Fortress pre-installed. And speaking of using games as educational aids, I haven’t checked out the Minecraft teacher for a while…

- Shameless plug time: Moving away from gaming for a moment, I want to mention my new audio project, Postcards From Lepari. Every day I’m writing, producing & podcasting a short piece of fiction , two-minute snapshots of a city on the verge of revolution. Stop on by and have a listen, and let me know what you think.