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Jakub Mirowski

Number of publications: 146

Whenever I’m not occupied with writing ungracious TOP 10 lists, I’m complaining about having to write ungracious TOP 10 lists. Would do just about anything for a half-decent remake of Thief: The Dark Project.

How I Survived Another Summer. About Games That Are (Not) Afraid of Cold

27 September 2022

At the end of the summer, I would like to pay tribute to the productions that for the past few years have allowed me to survive the increasingly unbearable heat, and at the same time reflect on why games – unlike other cultural artifacts – shun cold so much.

How I Survived Another Summer. About Games That Are (Not) Afraid of Cold

We’re not going anywhere. Interview With Frogwares About Gamedev in Wartime Ukraine

10 June 2022

Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupted the functioning of the Kyiv-based Frogwares studio. But now the developers are back at work, and although they had to abandon their plans for bigger projects, they try to push on with their new title, snidely codenamed Project Palianytsia.

We’re not going anywhere. Interview With Frogwares About Gamedev in Wartime Ukraine

Epic Games Store - Indie Games' Shelter or Slaughterhouse?

27 May 2022

Epic Game Store launched in 2018 with the promise of a better environment for developers. After a few years of its existence, however, it's still hard to make a clear case that it's more sensible for independent creators than Steam.

Epic Games Store - Indie Games' Shelter or Slaughterhouse?

Siofra River, Or How Elden Ring Creates Rare, Genuine Sense of Adventure

14 March 2022

Elden Ring discards the beaten path of triple-A games and invites the player to do the same thing inside their game. This makes the adventure feel genuine and organic – for it is about secrets, risks and ostensible alienation.

Siofra River, Or How Elden Ring Creates Rare, Genuine Sense of Adventure

Bloodborne PSX - Fascinating Demake in Remake Era

10 February 2022

A fan project that has taken the Internet by storm brings Bloodborne, released in 2015, to the realities of the first PlayStation, making us ask: how can a modern title fit so perfectly into the technological limitations of the 90s?

Bloodborne PSX - Fascinating Demake in Remake Era

Exciting Spring After Autumn of Disappointments? (Prolly Not)

05 January 2022

Watching allergic reactions to autumn "hits" like Far Cry 6 or Battlefield 2042 may put you in a truly revolutionary mood, but will the biggest publishers take this lesson seriously? This is a rather rhetorical question – of course they won't.

Exciting Spring After Autumn of Disappointments? (Prolly Not)

On Moral Choices in Video Games - With Developers of Frostpunk and This War of Mine

18 November 2021

In an industry that has a bee in the bonnet about "hard moral choices" for a good few years now, few developers can get this difficult element right. But there's at least one studio you could learn from.

On Moral Choices in Video Games - With Developers of Frostpunk and This War of Mine

The Comforting Dying Simulator - Original Dark Souls Turns Ten Years Old!

23 September 2021

Celebrating its tenth birthday today, Dark Souls is not just an outstanding game. For many players, it's a uniquely personal experience that has helped them in battling depression or going through trauma.

The Comforting Dying Simulator - Original Dark Souls Turns Ten Years Old!

Deathloop is a Success Arkane Studios Truly Deserve

21 September 2021

Despite a back catalog of great, creative games, Arkane Studios has so far been a commercial stumbling block. Deathloop seems to be a hopeful break in that cycle.

Deathloop is a Success Arkane Studios Truly Deserve

So Does Battlefield 2042 Only Pretend It's Not About Climate Change?

18 June 2021

Battlefield 2042 uses the climate catastrophe and the subsequent refugee crisis as the backdrop for its fictitious conflict – and yet tries to pretend it doesn't. For AAA games, weirdly understood notion of being apolitical has become sanctity.

So Does Battlefield 2042 Only Pretend It's Not About Climate Change?

Will EVE Online Outlive its Creators?

26 November 2020

EVE Online is a gaming phenomenon that almost all players have been aware of since more than a decade. Some people might wonder why do people still play this game, but this is a wrongly posed question.

Will EVE Online Outlive its Creators?

Twelve Most Memorable Deaths in Video Games

21 November 2020

Death is almost stunningly prevalent in video games, but it's usually void of emotional charge. There have been "a few" games, though, which weren't afraid to do away with some really significant characters. Here's a list of the most memorable of them.

Twelve Most Memorable Deaths in Video Games

Crude Classics. Games Full of Bugs that Players Love Anyway

31 October 2020

Games are rarely perfect in technical terms. Sometimes, though, it is the least sophisticated productions that win the hearts of players with their history and atmosphere, making us willing to turn a blind eye on even the most ridiculous drawbacks.

Crude Classics. Games Full of Bugs that Players Love Anyway

Fidelity Above All - Interview with Demon's Souls Remake Devs

29 October 2020

Remakes of games that have defined entire generations of consoles are always a risky undertaking. That's why Gavin Moore, one of the developers of the remastered Demon's Souls, says clearly: We won't meddle with the original.

Fidelity Above All - Interview with Demon's Souls Remake Devs

5 Life Lessons from Among Us, the Hellishly Fun Scumbag Simulator

09 October 2020

There are games that try to make us feel for others, arouse empathy, condemn thoughtless hatred. And there's also Among Us, which says : "I bet five bucks that I'll make you a two-faced pig in two rounds." And believe me, it's right.

5 Life Lessons from Among Us, the Hellishly Fun Scumbag Simulator

The Bethesda Purchase – Brilliant Move, or Panic Buy from Microsoft?

24 September 2020

Will the new Fallout be released on PS5? Without any prior announcement, Microsoft announced the purchase of ZeniMax Media, owner of Bethesda among many others. This grand purchase could seriously change the balance of power in the gaming industry.

The Bethesda Purchase – Brilliant Move, or Panic Buy from Microsoft?

What to Read, Watch and Play Before Cyberpunk 2077

13 July 2020

Several months before the planned premiere of the new game by CD Projekt RED we invite you to go through the list of movies, pieces of literature, games, and music representing the cyberpunk genre.

What to Read, Watch and Play Before Cyberpunk 2077

Eight Enemies We Were Sorry to Kill

24 May 2020

Demons in Doom, Mecha-Hitler in Wolfenstein, humas in Goat Simulator – most games don't bother creating complex enemies that we'll treat as anything more than things to shoot. Here are eight exceptions to this rule.

Eight Enemies We Were Sorry to Kill

History According to Assassin's Creed - Conspiracy Theorist's Paradise

19 April 2020

The plot of Assassin's Creed is one great conspiracy theory: with mysterious monasteries, intrigues that entwine the whole world, supernatural artifacts and ancient civilization. Hold tight, because the writers of the franchise are not messing around.

History According to Assassin's Creed - Conspiracy Theorist's Paradise

FromSoftware Is the Most Important Studio of the Last Decade

17 February 2020

In this article we justify why FromSoftware is the most important studio of the whole last decade and why we still compare the next games to Dark Souls.

FromSoftware Is the Most Important Studio of the Last Decade