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Call for fewer game reviews, more game critiques

Vladimir Cole

What's the difference between a review of a book, movie or game and a critique of one? Ryan Stancl explains and advocates more of the latter because he believes that games deserve more serious criticism in order to move forward as a respected form of art.

To demonstrate the difference between reviews and critiques, Stancl will critique Katamari Damacy from the perspective of eight different schools of critical theory: Biographical, New Critical, Marxist, Structural, Jungian, Psychoanalytical, Feminist, and Post-Colonial.

He's posted the first two critiques already. They're a touch dry, but we're hoping the Feminist and Marxist interpretations spice things up.

Vladimir Cole lives in Philadelphia (where he's studying for an MBA degree at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania) and NYC (where he attends to--but never really obeys--his wife). He was raised by video games alternatively at home (Atari 2600, NES, Sega Genesis) and away from home at arcades (Space Invaders, Zaxxon, QBert, Street Fighter II). These days, he's a war-decorated FPS veteran, platform-agnostic gamer, recovering MMOG addict, and daily blogger for Joystiq. He has been known to eat nothing but pizza for months on end.