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Matteo Lupetti

Matteo Lupetti is a Marxist video game critic and indie comics author. They founded the indie comics collective Gravure and write for various Italian, British, and US outlets.


The Rising Action of Storytelling Party Games

When The Yawhg released in 2013, I brought a copy of it with me everywhere on a small USB drive. If you invited me to a party, I was there with The Yawhg, the perfect after-dinner entertainment. My friends and I would place a laptop on a table, plug in…

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Tragic Heroes and Vicious Murderers: The Mafia in Video Games

“How anyone could enjoy and find entertainment or cultural nourishment in Mafia stories had, for a good part of my life, remained a mystery to me,” writes Roberto Dainotto at the beginning of The Mafia: A Cultural History, an essay focused on Dainotto‘s exploration of “the social needs, the desires…

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‘Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days’ is a Brutal, Visionary Masterpiece

On August 17th, 2010, Square Enix and IO Interactive released cover-based third person shooter Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Critical reception was initially mixed and the game was quickly forgotten, but in the intervening years critics have gone back to explore its tones, its visuals,…

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Celebrate Daikatana’s 20th Birthday With Its Weird Game Boy Color Port

20 years ago, John Romero’s Daikatana launched on PC and was immediately slammed by critics and players alike. The Guardian even lists it as one of “the 30 worst video games of all time.” But the controversies surrounding its release and its developer, Ion Storm, claimed an innocent victim: the…

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How Tinder Inspired a New Genre of Political Video Games

Do you like Tinder? Do you like video games? Do you like politics? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions you should know that there’s a whole emerging game genre that mixes the playful swiping frenzy of Tinder with political simulation. Everything started with Nerial’s Reigns…

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Ignore Doom 3 at Your Own Peril

In 2016 Doom was back with bright colors, cartoonish demons, gore, speed and violence. Players and critics alike hailed it as the long-awaited return of a series that lost its identity with its previous game, Doom 3 (2004). But Doom 3 is a real Doom episode: it explores lesser known…

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‘Fight of Animals’ is a Meme Fighting Game That’s Seriously Good

On April 15, 2019, the Twitter account @Ninjamaaaaaan published a picture of a happy shiba quickly turning around. The blurry image gave the illusion that the dog was throwing a punch with a giant right arm, and so the “Right-Hook Dog” meme was born. After two days, on April 17,…

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Bicycling After the End of the World

Post-apocalyptic scenarios are everywhere in media. I’m sure you know the whole song and dance by now: zombies and the walking dead roam the earth, there’s no more room in hell, humanity fights for its survival and splits into small communities, lone heroes bring people together and travel across all…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Fighting Games

Fighting games are usually seen as violent and competitive experiences, often littered with old racial and geographical stereotypes. But look more closely, and you’ll see that this foundational genre of games is about much more than just one on one combat. With their large rosters of characters, fighting games are…

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Forrest Gump is a Harem Anime

Have you ever heard of the “harem” genre of manga and anime? These stories typically feature an average male protagonist surrounded by a group of women all trying to make him theirs. Since the protagonist is usually meant to be projected onto by the male audience, he rarely has any…

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