Heather Alexandra

US Author

Heather Alexandra

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

Games Criticism Is A Kindness

Games Criticism Is A Kindness

Writing about games invites accusations of taking things too seriously. Criticism, it sometimes seems, is a dirty word. I don’t think that’s true. I think that whether you are praising something or condemning it, criticism is an act of love.

Metal Gear Retrospective: Snake’s Punishment Begins

Metal Gear Retrospective: Snake’s Punishment Begins

Metal Gear wants the player to fail. The game’s rough edges are part of the growing pains of an early genre, but taken in the context of the entire Metal Gear series, these challenges also feel like horrifying defence mechanisms. As Solid Snake infiltrates Outer Heaven, the player intrudes upon the game’s world. Neither are welcome, and if they’re caught, they will be destroyed.