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Solomon Lutze


I Was a Dark Souls Griefer

The first time I was invaded in Dark Souls was right before my third boss. Fog walls appeared closing off the route back to safety, and then a message notified me that a dark spirit had invaded. I couldn’t see anyone, but soon after I heard a quiet, muffled voice: …

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Untitled Goose Game Makes Civility the Highest Stakes of All

Untitled Goose Game has been described as “Hitman, but you’re a bird.” But any comparison between it and games centered on combat undersell its greatest accomplishment: maintaining its tension without the go-to threat of violence. Combat and death are shortcuts in games. They are visceral, straightforward, and bring their own obvious stakes,…

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Ween’s The Mollusk is the Perfect Soundtrack to Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Not every game has werewolves and cosmic horrors and invisible demon babies and self-administered injections of what’s probably menstrual blood, so when a game does, it’s natural to want to dig into how they got there. Armchair Bloodborne theorists have drawn tired comparisons between the game and Kentaro Miura’s dark…

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