Author: Derek Gingrich

Thyre: City of Smoke and Shadow

Paperback – March 22, 2017 Find it on amazon.ca or amazon.com. Wounded and haunted by the Queen’s Campaign, Lieutenant Jarret Renette returns from the colonies to discover Thyre has become an unfamiliar city smothered in smoke and secrets. Struggling to reintegrate into a life...

Outlast Review (2014)

Outlast on Steam here This Outlast review requires a setting. I’m never ashamed to admit I have a certain fondness for horror games: under the speculative fiction banner, the video game format offers more to horror than any other genre. While video games can...

Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) Review

This is equal parts a review and a professionalism exercise. Last week, I tackled one of the games on my backlog—a game someone else bought me and I knew nothing about—Develop Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy (2005). Well, I finished it. And now I want...

Shin Megami Tensei IV review

Every culture relates to speculative fiction differently: in the former Soviet Union, speculative fiction fast became the artist’s way to grapple with communism’s failed utopian projects and the scientific everyman dream’s death; in North America, speculative fiction is tied more deeply in Harry Potter...

Derek is not Dead

I am not dead and I still love this site! Despite fallacious rumours spread by my colleague, which suggested that I had both resolved and failed to post (failure suggests trying), Derek is not dead and he plans to post more regularly in 2014....

Cyberpunk and Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I apologize for how spotty my posting has been the last few months. This semester is absolutely brutal for me, with thesis work, courses and TA-ing. As such, my time to post is limited and spread thin. One of my classes in particular, though...

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Review

This Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs review is going to be unabashedly spoiler-ridden, because (although I will touch on the gameplay only as it relates to story-telling) I focus on story. Again, this will have MAJOR SPOILERS. Like, giving away the whole plot sort...

Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Last week, I moved into my new pad. It’s bigger and nicer and quieter, but has come attached to one major flaw: I am relying on Rogers Canada to set up my internet connection. They were originally supposed to come August 24th: they are...