Writer/Gamer Q&A: Robert James Russell

Games with great graphics are cool, sure, but I want something that’s going to take me deeper in and give me an emotional reaction to it. Inspire me to feel something, whatever that might be. The Last of Us was the last game I played to do that—to put the story absolutely first, in my opinion. And it was incredible. And I try to remind myself of that: that storytelling, in any form, in any medium, can be a powerhouse.

Writer/Gamer Q&A: Andrew Donovan

I do wonder, however, if a writer wrote about, say, 1940s Hollywood, if someone would ask them, “How do you balance watching movies and writing?” It’s just that, in terms of time commitment, I devote as much time to playing games as some writers do to watching TV or reading blogs.

Play This: The Art of Gaming

In the past there’s been a lot of talk about whether video games can be considered art. Dead End Thrills sort of obviates that argument, at least from the visual and technical sides—the people who make these games are clearly doing so with an eye for the artistic.

Play This: Leave Luck to Heaven

Cartridge Lit contributor Brian Oliu has a new book out, Leave Luck to Heaven, from Uncanny Valley Press. The book is a collection of video game-twinged lyric essays that have been published in just about every literary magazine imaginable, and they’re all pretty amazing. Go “play” this.

Writer/Gamer Q&A: Roy Guzmán

Roy Guzmán is the writer behind the very first works of poetry that Cartridge Lit published: “The Fighter of Nortune” and “Jungian.” He’s headed to Minnesota this fall to earn a well-deserved MFA, but for now, he chats with us a little bit about Tetris and Lolita: The Game.          Cartridge Lit: What games are […]