Ludocriticism is creating Video Game Criticism
3

patrons

$32
per month



Hi! I'm Oskar. I'm the creator of Ludocriticism. I strive for a more specific, less cynical, and better, brand of video game criticism. On Ludocriticism, it's not about whether a game fulfills some vague promise that only exists in our imagination, or even if it's especially fun to play or not; it's not about answering on which side of the binary of good or bad a game falls. It's not about developers, it's not about publishers, and it's not about communities. Rather, it's about examining games only on their own terms and figuring out what they do and what they can, and do, say.



Among other things, I've use Jesper Juul's as a baseline to think about the ways in which we engage with games. What makes certain games (or sets of games) appealing to certain people? Why is that more or less consistent over time? In Failure, Inadequacy, and Why We Play

In other news, I examined Prey, and through the examination discussed The Great Assumption™ we often carry with us into games. It's an assumption that undermines our ability to play and discuss games, and for developers to make them. You can watch it here: Critical Values: In Defense of Prey and Those Who Made It

In addition to those types of projects, I make long-form critiques of games, series, and franchises, alongside the intermittent "Mini-Read" episode where I take a look at a specificly clever thing I've noticed in a game.



Because you like what I do, and think my work is worth money! While I'm currently able to spend all my time on this for the immediate future, I need your help if it's going to stay that way. Oh, and I'm about to change everything—I guess there's that..

Pledge $1

  • Access to Ludocriticism Discord
  • Appear in Short-Form credits.

Pledge $3 (Limited to First 50 Patrons)

  • Appear in Short-Form credits with the Early Adopter Tag forever
  • Voting rights on the first Community-decided project
  • All previous tier benefits

Pledge $5

  • Bread 'n' Butter pledge—I'll say your name in the long-form credits.
  • All previous tier benefits.
  • Access to the Ludozine, a gussied up text version published after larger projects.

Pledge $20

Woah! Hold on there, crazy!

  • A personal hand-drawn drawing sent to your home address. You asked for this.



Tiers
Mini-Read Enabler
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
A lowly peon working on the Mini-Read construction site. You get mentioned in the Mini-Read credits, and access to the Discord.
Early Adopter
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a limited time offer for the early birds. You get the worm, consisting of $1 tier rewards, as well as an early adopter tag you get to keep forever, and voting rights on the community-based project happening at $100.
Long-Form Producer
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You make the time and energy required for long-form videos happen—yay for you! You get previous tiers, as well as being read out loud in the credits on those videos.
Rabid Stalker
$20 or more per month 1 patron
What's wrong with you?


This requires your shipping address, because I'm gonna have to send you a personalized drawing of you and me to your home. 


I can't draw.

Goals
$32 of $100 per month
At this point, I will hold a survey among the first Early Adopters (and higher tiers) where you get to vote on which project to make out of 5-10 ideas—some of which will hopefully be community-generated in and of themselves!
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Hi! I'm Oskar. I'm the creator of Ludocriticism. I strive for a more specific, less cynical, and better, brand of video game criticism. On Ludocriticism, it's not about whether a game fulfills some vague promise that only exists in our imagination, or even if it's especially fun to play or not; it's not about answering on which side of the binary of good or bad a game falls. It's not about developers, it's not about publishers, and it's not about communities. Rather, it's about examining games only on their own terms and figuring out what they do and what they can, and do, say.



Among other things, I've use Jesper Juul's as a baseline to think about the ways in which we engage with games. What makes certain games (or sets of games) appealing to certain people? Why is that more or less consistent over time? In Failure, Inadequacy, and Why We Play

In other news, I examined Prey, and through the examination discussed The Great Assumption™ we often carry with us into games. It's an assumption that undermines our ability to play and discuss games, and for developers to make them. You can watch it here: Critical Values: In Defense of Prey and Those Who Made It

In addition to those types of projects, I make long-form critiques of games, series, and franchises, alongside the intermittent "Mini-Read" episode where I take a look at a specificly clever thing I've noticed in a game.



Because you like what I do, and think my work is worth money! While I'm currently able to spend all my time on this for the immediate future, I need your help if it's going to stay that way. Oh, and I'm about to change everything—I guess there's that..

Pledge $1

  • Access to Ludocriticism Discord
  • Appear in Short-Form credits.

Pledge $3 (Limited to First 50 Patrons)

  • Appear in Short-Form credits with the Early Adopter Tag forever
  • Voting rights on the first Community-decided project
  • All previous tier benefits

Pledge $5

  • Bread 'n' Butter pledge—I'll say your name in the long-form credits.
  • All previous tier benefits.
  • Access to the Ludozine, a gussied up text version published after larger projects.

Pledge $20

Woah! Hold on there, crazy!

  • A personal hand-drawn drawing sent to your home address. You asked for this.



Recent posts by Ludocriticism

Tiers
Mini-Read Enabler
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
A lowly peon working on the Mini-Read construction site. You get mentioned in the Mini-Read credits, and access to the Discord.
Early Adopter
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a limited time offer for the early birds. You get the worm, consisting of $1 tier rewards, as well as an early adopter tag you get to keep forever, and voting rights on the community-based project happening at $100.
Long-Form Producer
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You make the time and energy required for long-form videos happen—yay for you! You get previous tiers, as well as being read out loud in the credits on those videos.
Rabid Stalker
$20 or more per month 1 patron
What's wrong with you?


This requires your shipping address, because I'm gonna have to send you a personalized drawing of you and me to your home. 


I can't draw.