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Steven Nguyen Scaife

Steven Nguyen Scaife has written about pop culture for Slant Magazine, Polygon, Buzzfeed, Rock Paper Shotgun, and more.


The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Orbital Bullet and More

Previously: The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Growing My Grandpa & More The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Mothmen 1966 and More The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Kharon’s Crypt and More Blob Omelette Free in browser (Itch) | Jérémy Bouin Sure, a quick Google search for “Blob Omelette” might…

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The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Growing My Grandpa & More

Previously: The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Mothmen 1966 and More The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Kharon’s Crypt and More The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Nightmare Reaper, FEWAR-DVD, and More Growing My Grandpa! Paid (Itch, Steam) | Yames Some grandpas aren’t born. Some are made, in the dilapidated…

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Growing My Grandpa

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‘Inu-Oh’ Review: You’re My Best Friend

Some of Inu-Oh‘s most gorgeous visuals don’t even involve its centerpiece, a series of musical performances flagrantly anachronistic to its setting in 14th-century feudal Japan. Instead, they’re all about Tomona, who was struck blind as a boy by the light of a legendary sword. To convey his POV, one scene…

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Old-School Anime Lives (and Dies) Again at Netflix

Maybe you’ve heard them whispered about in hushed tones, part of some diatribe about the way things used to be: the anime OVA, for “original video animation.” OVAs can be (and have been) just about anything, from cyberpunk action to horror-tinged porn to historical epic. We associate them with a…

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The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Mothmen 1966 and More

Don’t be fooled by the number of headings; there’s a whole lot of games covered here. Mothmen 1966 Paid (Steam, Switch, Playstation, Xbox) | LCB Game Studio A visual novel with an arresting style, this “pixel pulp” is told through the ZX Spectrum’s color palette and interspersed with choices to…

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Mothmen 1966

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The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Kharon’s Crypt and More

I don’t typically set out to do themes for this feature, but I did hit upon one this time: these games are about feeling trapped. Sometimes you’re trapped, sometimes you’re the one doing the trapping, and sometimes you don’t quite realize you’re trapped until it’s too late. Kharon’s Crypt –…

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Kharon's Crypt

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The Prolific Dev Team Behind Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate

Go to the Steam page for Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate, which made a splash as the winner of the 50th Ludum Dare game jam, and you might note the distinctive name of its developer: Punkcake Délicieux. Click on their name and you’ll learn that Shotgun King is their first…

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Shotgun King

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‘The Black Phone’ Review: Toll-Free Terror

After a middling sequel and a detour into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the collaborators behind 2012’s Sinister reunite to test out what more or less worked last time. Like that film, The Black Phone is a Blumhouse horror-thriller tangled up in old technology and dead children. It also counts Ethan Hawke…

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The Black Phone

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‘Men’ Review: Trash Indeed

Still recovering from the death of her husband James (Paapa Essiedu), Harper Marlowe (Jessie Buckley) has rented a country cottage, retreating to the sort of stone-and-brick village that makes her blue car look like an intruder. The landlord, Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear), seems harmless enough, insofar as she won’t be seeing…

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Men

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‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Review: The Loneliest Number

Does it really matter if I dislike Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers? I found it empty and pandering, an instance of some typically reliable comedians on autopilot, but is it even for me? It’s a PG-rated movie that got dumped on Disney+, that comes with a supplemental list of what…

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Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

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‘Petite Maman’ Review: Little Momma’s House

Grief pervades every aspect of Petite Maman, though not as a free-floating metaphor or even as much of a focal point. It’s understated, to the point where we never see the death that looms over the entire film: the Grandmother of 8-year-old Nelly. We don’t hear it talked about, either…

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The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: Nightmare Reaper, FEWAR-DVD, and More

It’s time once again for another one of these! spirits mirror::digital possessed paid (Itch) | Taylor Swietanski spirits mirror::digital possessed is intense to look at, of a piece with Taylor Swietanski’s prior (and free!) series of eye-warping vignettes, THAT NIGHT, STEEPED BY BLOOD RIVER. It’s a particularly distinct niche, the…

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The Lovely Estate

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‘Bubble’ Review: No, the Netflix Anime, Not the Netflix Comedy

Netflix’s anime movie Bubble (not to be mistaken for The Bubble, Netflix’s live-action comedy released 28 days prior) is a classical sort of story that deals, thematically, with something we’ve been asking in stories since humans first began to tell each other stories. We’ve levied this existential query upon animals, objects,…

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‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ Review: Nic Cage Manages His Brand

The following review contains spoilers for, uh, the 1994 film Guarding Tess. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has the most bite at the beginning, when it’s establishing the woes of a fictionalized Nicolas Cage. During a lunch meeting with a director (David Gordon Green, playing himself) to discuss a…

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Massive Talent

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‘RRR’ Review: It Doesn’t Stand for ‘Rules Rules Rules’ But It Should

I’m not sure what I expected from RRR, the three-hour Telugu-language Indian action epic. I think I expected to learn how to say the title out loud in conversation, but I’m still not sure whether to say the individual letters or to make a growling noise. I do know what…

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NORCO is an Old-School Adventure in a Grimy, Vivid World

I have spent about seven hours with NORCO, which means I have spent a lot of time moving a cursor around its pixelated scenes, hoping to reveal some point of interaction. We decried this sort of thing in days of yore, when such “pixel hunting” signified a point-and-click adventure that…

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NORCO

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After Yang Uses Robots to Explore the Expectations of Being Asian

After Yang is a quiet and often beautiful film, set in a future where people and technology seem a little more attuned to nature rather than the climate-ravaged dystopia we are plainly headed towards. But one of its early touches is surprisingly showy, a delightful competition held in living rooms…

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After Yang

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Tunic’s Secrets Are So Much More Than a Nostalgia Trip

The hero of Tunic, a nameless little fox in a little green outfit, awakens near a cave. It’s tough to miss, marked by torches and a mailbox. Inside, there’s a weapon (a stick), and we take it because it’s dangerous to go alone. Nobody tells us to do this. We…

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The Best Games You Aren’t Playing: An Outcry, Red Tether, and More

After a brief detour into some indie games I hadn’t finished last year, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. An Outcry Paid (Itch, Steam) | Quinn K. The dark, surreal story of An Outcry unfolds in an Austrian apartment complex, its run-down conditions half-justified by venomous notices from the landlord…

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How Fish is Made

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Maybe Uncharted Movies Were a Bad Idea Actually

Common wisdom holds that an Uncharted movie should be obvious and impossible to screw up. Every year that passes without one is easy money left on the table, and many, many years have passed — we’ve reached the point where the fourth game and its spin-off have been remastered for…

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