Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

A Thought On Being Goal-Driven

I’ve been playing a lot of Neverwinter recently; it’s a free to play MMO, so it’s designed to be addictive. Each task is small and achievable in a just-one-more-before-bed kind of way, and each level gain comes with skill points and feat points so it’s a really tangible achievement. Every …

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Badger, Badger: A Review of Shelter

Badger, Badger: A Review of Shelter 

One look at Might and Delight’s Shelter casts it as Proteus with badgers. Shelter has the same lo-fi naturalism, the twinkling soundtrack, the abstract lushness of small animals. They’re all here, and they’re all beautiful, and sweeping, and majestic in miniature.
Of course, Shelter isn’t actually Proteus with badgers. It’s something …

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Sweetly Streamlined: A Review Of Divinity: Dragon Commander

Sweetly Streamlined: A Review Of Divinity: Dragon Commander 

Listen, I’m not going to belabour any points here. The hook in Divinity: Dragon Commander is that you can summon a dragon to help you overtake the opposing forces. A dragon. The first one I saw had a jetpack.
Sometimes a game with that degree of in-your-face ridiculousness will let its …

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I Am Alive vs The Apocalypse

Every once in a while, my friends and I get bored and start talking about something, and we went through a phase when that ‘something’ was Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness. We came up with some pretty good plans, but one of my friends insisted that we were missing the point. Sure, …

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A Universe Away: A Preview Of Gravity Ghost

A Universe Away: A Preview Of Gravity Ghost 

Alright, I don’t really do previews. I think they’re more about marketing and less about video games; I was tricked into doing the last one I did, I’ll have you know. But right now, I’m feeling bound by a particular duty. I’m about to preview a game for you because, sadly, I …

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Haruki Murakami, Coffee Breaks, and Earthbound’s Critique of Orientalism

Haruki Murakami, Coffee Breaks, and Earthbound’s Critique of Orientalism 

And here we are at week three of the RPG Club’s ongoing, off-the-wall conversation about Earthbound.
During the first week we marveled at how the game’s NPCs steal the show, while the second saw us analyzing the intersection of Earthbound‘s world with our own, and why the game’s attention to scale …

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Running Right: A Review Of Little Red Running Hood

Running Right: A Review Of Little Red Running Hood 

While most of America was anticipatorily lining up at Walmart for the return of the almighty Twinkie, Roger Paffrath and Eduardo Ribas (as Luckyfingers Interactive) made a video game. Their first, in fact; a runner called Little Red Running Hood.
And it’s one of the best runners you can get on …

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How Shin Megami Tensei IV Shortens the Curve

How Shin Megami Tensei IV Shortens the Curve 

Japanese role playing games, the kind with battle systems and awkward, anime-inspired plots, move to a certain rhythm. They march along like coming of age novels written in bright pastels, and their battles resolve like blowout sports games: some early tension followed by collective high fives.
Even the most complex titles …

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Earthbound is Out of It’s Mind but Totally in Proportion

Earthbound is Out of It’s Mind but Totally in Proportion 

Welcome to week two of the RPG Club’s ongoing discussion of Nintendo’s recently re-released Earthbound!
Last time we kicked off the series by giving our first (and in some cases third, fourth, and fifth) impressions of the 1995 SNES classic. This time though we’ll be zeroing in on some specific moments …

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Free-To-Play

Before I get into this, I need to confess two things. First, I’m a brony. Second (and far worse), I play and have enjoyed those stupid Farmville-esque free-to-play mobile games – games like Gameloft’s My Little Pony. This is the ‘official’ MLP app, and it makes me angry because it …

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