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ReadingGames.jpg... as in "we are reading games," not as if a series of gamified reading sessions – is a book club for video games instead of books!

The club meets on a monthly basis, to talk about selected games, from an interdisciplinary perspective, including Cultural Studies and literary approaches. In order to join, you don't have to have any level of knowledge about video games, or define yourself as a "gamer." That term is becoming as meaningful as a term like "movie-goer" in today's world, where digital games are everywhere as cultural products. Please come prepared, i.e. play the game, and/or watch a video of someone else who is playing it for you.

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Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday | 7 pm | Fortnightly | Discord

THEME: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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May 11 – Tacoma (2017)

»A sci-fi narrative adventure from the creators of Gone Home. Set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088, explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.« 

 

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June 8 – The Talos Principle (2014)

»A philosophical first-person puzzle game woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in a doomed world. As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith, or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? And what are you going to do about it?«

 

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July 13 – In Other Waters (2020)

»A unique narrative exploration game, where you guide and aid a xenobiologist in studying and exploring an alien ocean.«

 

 

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August 10 – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013)

»Raiden is a cyborg armed with a high-frequency blade, powerful enough to cut giant unmanned combat gears in two with a single slice. He is contracted for VIP protection, military training and other duties by PMSCs (Private Military and Security Companies) in a developing country, until he finds himself face to face with a mysterious force commanding a multitude of cyborgs like him ... See the beloved Metal Gear universe from a new vantage point that only PlatinumGames can provide! This time, there's nowhere to hide.«

 

Past Sessions

E X P L O R A T I O N

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Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (2018) | 4.2021
»A Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny.«

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A Short Hike (2021) | 3.2021
»Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park. Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.«

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Night in the Woods (2017) | 2.2021
»College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren't the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades. And there's something in the woods... An adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world.«

O F F I C E - C O R E

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Hypnospace Outlaw (2019) | 1.2021
»The year is 1999. Sleeptime Computing, a new technology allowing users to browse the internet while they sleep, has captured the world's imagination. Hypnospace is the first and most popular Sleeptime service, and they've accepted your application to serve as an Enforcer. As the uncertainties of a new millenium consume the bustling digital metropolis, will you use your new post to help your fellow Hypnospace Citizens or slam them with violations to amass a HypnoCoin fortune?«

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Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You (2016) | 12.2020
»Big Brother has arrived – and it's you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences...«

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Her Story (2015) | 9/10.2020
»A woman is interviewed seven times by the police. Search the video database and explore hundreds of authentic clips to discover her story in this groundbreaking and award winning narrative game.«

N A R R A T O R

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Loved (2010) | 8.2020

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Little Misfortune (2019) | 7.2020
»Led by her new friend, Mr. Voice, Misfortune ventures into the woods, where mysteries are unraveled and a little bad luck unfolds.«

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The Stanley Parable (2011) | 6.2020
»A first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand. But as you explore, slowly, meaning begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all.«

[ F O U N D ]  F A M I L Y

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Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons (2013) | 5.2020
»Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode, like never before.«

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Pyre (2017) | 4.2020
»A party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through an ancient competition spread across a vast, mystical purgatory.«

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What Remains of Edith Finch (2017) | 2.2020
»A collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State. Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the family members themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member's death. It's a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us. You'll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she's the last Finch left alive.«

T R A U M A

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Gris (2018) | 1.2020
»Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities.«

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Max Payne (2001) | 12.2019
»Max Payne is a man with nothing to lose in the violent, cold, urban night. A fugitive undercover cop framed for murder, and now hunted by cops and the mob. Max is a man with his back against the wall, fighting a battle he cannot hope to win. Prepare for a new breed of deep action game. Prepare for pain... Max Payne is a relentless story-driven game about a man on the edge, fighting for his justice while uncovering plot twists and twisted thugs in the gritty bowels of New York during the century's worst blizzard.«

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Firewatch (2016) | 11.2019
»A mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.«

M I S C .

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When Rivers Were Trails (2019) | 3.2020
»Winner of the Adaptation Award at IndieCade 2019; a 2D point-and-click adventure game about the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities in the 1890's.«

Your clubs Reading Games & Indigenous Reads came together for a special session on a brand new Anishinaabe video game to debate this original take on the classic '80s game The Oregon Trail.

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Florence (2018) | 6.2019
»The story of a young woman's very first love. A heartfelt experience that lasts around 30 minutes. It's short, but deeply meaningful. At 25, Florence Yeoh feels a little stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world.«