Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Laura Post: Interview With A Voice Actor

Laura Post: Interview With A Voice Actor 

I first came across Laura Post’s name when looking up the voice actors involved in upcoming game Firefall where she voices Aero. Prior to appearing in Firefall, Post has been involved in plenty of other tv shows and anime dubs, but more interesting are her roles in video games, including …

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Mass Effect Could Learn From Assassin’s Creed 4

Mass Effect Could Learn From Assassin’s Creed 4 

Mass Effect is still my favorite of Bioware’s seminal trilogy. Even now — clunky mechanics and stiff controls aside — it’s the only game in the series to honestly inspire me. Everything about it, from Jack Wall’s haunting soundtrack to the cool blues that dominate the color palette, set it …

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Wake Up Sheeple: Goat Simulator Says Happiness Is Futile

As a result of a month-long game jam, Coffee Stain Studios has brought forth the darkest and most bleak game I’ve ever seen. Sure, it looks like a happy-go-lucky goat running around headbutting and licking things, but once you look past the surface you see the truly depressing message this …

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RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week Three

RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week Three 

Good belated Friday, everyone! I know, I know, Sunday is the day most opposite Friday, but what can you do?
The RPG Club’s playthrough of Kingdom Hearts has hit something of a snag: some of us are super busy, while others (hint: it’s me) beat the game long ago now, letting …

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Learning Curve Ahead: A Review Of Blackguards

Learning Curve Ahead: A Review Of Blackguards 

It’s not really a huge secret that I’m not a big strategy game enthusiast; it’s tough for me to cultivate the patience for them, and often tougher to uncover the tactical minutiae required to traverse the fine line between winning and losing.
Normally, these games are about Good versus Evil, and …

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Good Night Sweet Prince: Far Cry 2 and Looking Away

Good Night Sweet Prince: Far Cry 2 and Looking Away 

Consider the following:
1) In Far Cry 2, it is possible to shoot and wound an enemy without killing him. If you manage to do this, he will roll around in the grass writhing in pain, or maybe grab a pistol and attempt a final act of defiance against you, his …

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Red Dead Redemption: A Murder that Means Something

Red Dead Redemption: A Murder that Means Something 

Editor’s Note: As you’ve probably already guessed, this essay contains extensive discussion of end-game spoilers for Red Dead Redemption.
In fiction and art, violence has always existed. Think of Diomedes, duelling with Aeneas, or the traveller, beaten and robbed in the story of The Good Samaritan.
The rectification of videogaming’s public-facing image …

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Platinum Trophy Guide

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Platinum Trophy Guide 

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is unique among visual novels in that its platinum trophy doesn’t require an egregious amount of replays thanks to countless branching pathways and numerous endings. From start to finish it’s a largely linear affair, even if its plot goes down some unexpectedly dark back alleys on …

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RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week 2

RPG Club Plays Kingdom Hearts: Week 2 

Hey everyone! RPG Club is back for more Disney x Squaresoft shenanigans! Go check out last week’s post, and then stick around for this week, about how much Kingdom Hearts bummed some of us out, and how much some of us are enjoying our first ventures into this world of …

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Ultimate Visual Novel: A Review of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Ultimate Visual Novel: A Review of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 

Visual novels are a relatively niche genre here in the states, limited mostly to fanservice-heavy anime styled titles  and enjoyed mostly by those with a thick skin for the tropes found within. Games like 999 or Virtue’s Last Reward have enjoyed some success despite punishingly obtuse branching pathways and “true” …

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