About

What is this?

Pixel Poppers is a website with words about games.

We look deeply and read closely. We connect dots and apply information from fields including art theory, psychology, and economics. We break down game mechanics and design decisions at least as much as we analyze story beats and character motives (though we write less about the latter because of spoilers). We figure out what makes games tick and we explain it in ways that make sense.

Where do I start?

Here’s a sampler of the kinds of content we provide:

  • Articles are the most polished content on the site. These are researched pieces aimed for a wide audience, and since May 2018 they include extra content available to Patreon subscribers.
  • Thoughts are faster, smaller, and often more niche content. Sometimes they are brief looks at the same sort of concepts that might later be expanded into a full article; other times they are reactions to specific news items or just something silly that came to mind.
  • Reviews take a look at the games we play, aiming to quickly encapsulate the game’s essence and quirks. Most games have an audience; our goal is for the review to make it clear to you whether you are part of a game’s audience - even if we aren’t.
  • Games - we’ve only made one so far but hope to make more. There’s a corresponding dev blog looking at the process of making these games and what we learned from doing it.
  • Shared links highlight articles or videos made by other fine folks that we found interesting. We also maintain a blogroll of recommended websites where you can find a lot of quality game-related content.

How can I be notified when new content is posted?

Several ways!

Articles also get cross-posted to Medium, while games and dev blog posts are cross-posted to Itch.io. Shared links are cross-posted to Pinboard and any video content that gets posted can also be found on Youtube.

How can I support the site?

You can get access to some extra content via Patreon.

You can also buy a shirt if you like.

As nice as financial support is, we’re also just happy to hear from readers. You can ask us anything on Tumblr, or email us at docprof@pixelpoppers.com.

What’s up with this Doctor Professor person?

Doctor Professor (docprof for short) is the author of Pixel Poppers and the internet’s leading authority on what Doctor Professor thinks about video games. He’s neither a doctor nor a professor.

He’s also half of the creative team behind And in the game?, a rarely-updated review comic created in collaboration with Senpai-chan).

Some notes on security and stuff

In the interests of security, privacy, robustness, fast page loads, and bandwidth conservation, this site is mostly static and avoids using resources from other domains. Here are the exceptions:

  • There is exactly one tracker - Google Analytics, used for aggregate traffic reporting. I won’t be offended if you block it.
  • The Search page includes lunr.js and its dependency jQuery to power site search and some custom JavaScript to integrate it properly into the page. This is all hosted locally and shouldn’t make any requests to other domains.
  • Reader comments are powered by HashOver and any page that includes them also includes locally-hosted JavaScript and CSS and images from gravatar.com.
  • Some games are embedded directly in their own page; these make use of locally-hosted JavaScript.
  • Embedded videos, embedded tweets, and shared links make external requests to YouTube, Twitter, or the appropriate website. I do not control these domains, but I don’t refer to any I wouldn’t visit myself.