Author Archives: Steph Roman

About Steph Roman

2015 University of Pittsburgh grad with majors in nonfiction writing and English literature. Formerly of the Pitt News and PublicSource. I like games and nerd culture in general.

Defining Game and Defining Play: Colossal Cave Adventure and the Adventure Game Genre

“Adventure games these days at least pretend to story and character. Puzzles should therefore be designed in the context of the story and characters. It should be one of the ‘Poetics’ of adventure game design.” —Lee Sheldon, Writing for Video … Continue reading

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Reading/ Playing in Reagan Library: Path is Pattern

I find myself continually impressed with the narrative, shape, and form of Stuart Moulthrop’s Reagan Library. Its self-reflexivity awes me. Primarily though, I’m enamored by the Library‘s gamic qualities. I’m chiefly concerned with the “red zone” that Moulthrop specifically draws … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture I thought I’d share this with the veterans of Brad’s Narrative and Technology class (and for anyone else into games). This is the Chinese Room’s spiritual successor to Dear Esther, called Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. It’s the first … Continue reading

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Lee Konstantinou’s “No Bull: David Foster Wallace and Postironic Belief”

This essay comes from The Legacy of David Foster Wallace, edited by Samuel Cohen and Lee Konstantinou. The essay’s broken into three segments, ‘Belief, Irony, Metafiction,’ ‘Beyond the Fourth Wall,’ and ‘Infinite Jest and the Avant-Garde.’ It’s worth pointing out … Continue reading

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Steeply and Marathe: The Unironic Ironists (?)

“But of these types of your persons—the different types, the mature who see down the road, the puerile type that eats the candy and soup in the moment only. Entre nous, here on this shelf, Hugh Steeply: which do you … Continue reading

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