Ryan Black

Class of 2014


  • Advice for awkward people

    Dear Patrick,

    It’s the first day of class, and I want to make a good impression on all my friends and these new people. How do I prove to everyone I became totally cool over the summer and am not the same dorky dweeb I was at the end of spring?

    Goals Of This Time Approaches: Become Excellently Fantastic, Require Encores, Seriously Hawt

    Pillbox | August 26, 2013
  • First-person puzzle game challenges and thrills

    Antichamber is weird. Most reviews use words such as “non-Euclidean” and “Escher-like” to describe it. Watching the trailer evokes memories of Portal, but with the brightness and contrast turned way up, and the portal gun replaced with a different, slightly more colorful sidearm.

    Pillbox | February 25, 2013
  • Bientôt l’été is charming, simple, and sweet

    You are flying through a field of stars. You hit a key on the keyboard, confused. A string of words appears before you: “This is not a game to be won. Do not want or think. Just be.”

    Pillbox | February 18, 2013
  • Final Fantasy proves to be anything but final

    Just over 25 years ago, a game called Final Fantasy appeared on store shelves in Japan for the Famicom (known to us as the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES). According to an interview in Beyond Final Fantasy — a bonus DVD from European versions of Final Fantasy X — the game’s creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, truly believed it would be the last game he would ever make: hence, the ominous name....

    Pillbox | February 11, 2013