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Thoughts and writings by Alexander Comley
What is Prog Gaming?
“Welcome back, my friendsEmerson, Lake and Palmer
To the show that never ends”
For many, switching on a video game is no more than a source of quick entertainment. However, the evolution of games from the early days of 8-bit graphics and sound to the current world of rich, 3D environments, complete with orchestral scores, has paved the way for a respected form of art.
The umbrella term Progressive (or Prog) Gaming loosely covers tags such as exploration, atmospheric, immersive, adventure, story-rich, artistic, puzzles, walking simulator and indie, usually favoring non-violent games (although this is not always a prerequisite) where the focus is on something deeper; a yearning for experiencing a journey into the unknown.
The term was first coined by me and my good friend Chris Myhill, who share a love of all things Prog Rock. We saw many of the similar themes and ideals of this musical genre reflected in such games. What started out as a tongue-in-cheek method of describing them soon entered our own lexicon.
The Witness The Witness is the brainchild of designer Jonathan Blow, who’s previous 2008 game ‘Braid’ is frequently touted as one of the greatest indie titles of all time. As the game starts, the player is placed without any clear instructions on an island, devoid of life and filled with mysterious buildings and objects, set beside natural beauty. In the distance looms a small mountain, shaped like an almost perfectContinue reading “Can I Get A Witness?”
The Forest I did not intend to write about Endnight Games’ The Forest on this blog. I actually picked up this gem of a game fully aware I would be taking a break from the usual non-violent journey I am accustomed to in a ‘progressive’ game, trading this in for something more visceral and terrifying, with a focus on survival. Nevertheless, having now sunk in over fifteen thrilling hours toContinue reading “If You Go Down To The Woods Today…”
CAT Interstellar We are now living through the early days of Artificial Intelligence. The rise of the machines is no longer a dream of science fiction, but a reality with each day that passes. This inevitability brings with it many fears, as well as bringing into sharp focus one of the subjects oldest questions – what does it mean to be human? CAT Interstellar transports you straight into the shellContinue reading “Transforming Mars”
For many, switching on a video game is no more than a source of quick entertainment. However, the evolution of games from the early days of 8-bit graphics and sound to the current world of rich, 3D environments, complete with orchestral scores, has paved the way for a respected form of art. What is Prog Gaming? The umbrella term Progressive (or Prog) Gaming loosely covers tags such as exploration, atmospheric, adventure, story-rich, artistic,Continue reading “From The Beginning”
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