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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (and friends!)

So last week we talked about Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which is basically the video game tie-in for Planet of the Apes. Well, it’s not, but Andy Serkis plays a monkey in both of them, and I thought it was funny last week, so I figured I’d try it again. 1,403 more words

Video Games & Narrative

Most Memorable Video Game Endings

Now I’m not one of those people who believes that the ending of a game is the be all and end all. The journey and the story are leaps and bounds more important, that’s where you’re going to spend the majority of your time anyway. 1,411 more words

Video Games

Video Game Retrospective – Spec Ops: The Line

TL;DR – Why do we play First Person Shooters?, Why do we want to be a hero?, Can we understand?

Spec Ops: The Line was billed as a middle of the road shooter, which was released in 2012 to not much fanfare by its publisher. 3,487 more words

Got My Cry On

Do You Feel Like a Hero Yet?

There is an abundance of violence in video games. There always has been. Except for maybe Pong. Even the earliest games were violent. Space Invaders, Missile Command, Galaga. 1,765 more words

Video Games

The Games of Choice, Part I: The Stanley Parable and The Beginner's Guide

While four games might seem like a lot, I could probably—given time and patience I (probably happily, for your sake) do not have—expand this two-part post to every game I’ve ever played. 1,924 more words

Writing

Tackling the Tough Topics: 10 Games That Champion Empathy

The idea that games are escapist fantasies has been around for a long time. Before the technology to make games was so accessible to people, it may have been true. 1,897 more words

Analysis

Video Games, the Escapist Character, and a Bunch of Thoughts

I’ve previously explored the concept of the escapist character and how they relate to the audience. Characters like James Bond and Indiana Jones are less about character arcs and relationships than they are about thrills and adventure—that is to say, escapism. 1,401 more words

Star Wars