Pixel Poppers

is creating words about games

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About

Pixel Poppers is a website with words about games.

We look deeply and read closely. We connect dots and apply information from fields including art theory, psychology, and economics. We break down game mechanics and design decisions at least as much as we analyze story beats and character motives (though we write less about the latter because of spoilers). We figure out what makes games tick and we explain it in ways that make sense.

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Here’s a sampler of the kinds of content we provide:

  • Articles are the most polished content on the site. These are researched pieces aimed for a wide audience, and since May 2018 they include extra content available to Patreon subscribers.
  • Thoughts are faster, smaller, and often more niche content. Sometimes they are brief looks at the same sort of concepts that might later be expanded into a full article; other times they are reactions to specific news items or just something silly that came to mind.
  • Reviews take a look at the games we play, aiming to quickly encapsulate the game’s essence and quirks. Most games have an audience; our goal is for the review to make it clear to you whether you are part of a game’s audience - even if we aren’t. 
  • Games - we’ve only made one so far but hope to make more. There’s a corresponding dev blog looking at the process of making these games and what we learned from doing it.
  • Shared links highlight articles or videos made by other fine folks that we found interesting. We also maintain a blogroll of recommended websites where you can find a lot of quality game-related content.

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