When I was in college, I studied film critique. Not heavily, my major was a general study of the media, but I seized any opportunity I could to dig into the messages and imagery a film presents. What may come as a surprise is I didn’t do this out of a love for film. I enjoyed film, but analyzing it wasn’t my ultimate goal. This was simply the closest analog I could find for studying video games on that level. I wanted to analyze video games, to look at games the way film critics look at film. Why? Well, gaming has been a part of me all my life.