Calm Before, Calm After

Since its 1998 release on the original PlayStation, the Japanese role-playing game Xenogears has become a cult favorite distinguished by its intricate 10,000-year backstory and ambitious plot: As players and characters slowly come to realize, the final boss is none other than god itself, and the game ends with its defeat. In the aftermath, the

The Ellipsis That Told the Tale

Until 1969, there were several attacks on the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno during the student riots in Germany. This story takes place 30 years later, when the roots and conflicts that fueled the incidents are still being felt in a daughter who is reassembling fact and fiction dating back to 250 AD in an attempt

Dream Political Party

The daddy archetypes representing different sexual appeals of the dating-simulator game Dream Daddy are reimagined as “dadsonas” of the political, not parenting, type. In RPG style, you take on the role of an overwhelmed outsider trying to make his way through a party and figure out which ideological hottie to go home with.

The Silver Lining

In a break from constructing predictive models, Nate Silver crafted an entirely new universe to answer the question “What if Hillary won?” Following a prolonged radio silence, this latest dispatch from Earth 2 explains why we haven’t heard from him since.

The Devengers, Part Three

This is a story about the telos of our current wave of megablockbuster superhero films and shows, beginning roughly with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2007 and The Dark Knight in 2008, which endowed the genre with broad critical respectability, public embrace, limitless bankrolls, a persistent universe, and a viable playbook for adapting second-string intellectual

A Sensor, Darkly

Bryant, who was named the 2015 Whistleblower of the Year by the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, is an air force veteran. His memoir originally appeared in Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, which will be published next month by Duke University Press. The essay collection was edited by Lisa Parks and