Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Kids & Games: Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love

Kids & Games: Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love 

As a diligent father, I always play whatever my kids are playing. I want to know what they’re up to, but I’m also curious at how those games choose to interact with them. Saying that I’m often baffled is an understatement, as I feel that the developers usually greatly underestimate …

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RPG Club Plays Fire Emblem: Awakening – Week 2

RPG Club Plays Fire Emblem: Awakening – Week 2 

It’s week 2 for the RPG Club’s playthrough of Fire Emblem: Awakening. This week, the team died. A lot. For some of us, death means a short rest and glorious return to battle. But for others, the afterlife isn’t so pleasant.

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Ten Hours With Mugen Souls Z

Mugen Souls Z is both the question and the answer at the center of this game.
What is Mugen Souls Z?
It’s Mugen Souls Z.
It’s a curiosity, an intentionally niche game that harkens back to titles from the early PS2 era — think the original Disgaea — that cemented the divide between …

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RPG Club Plays Fire Emblem: Awakening—Week 1

RPG Club Plays Fire Emblem: Awakening—Week 1 

With a new month comes a new title for the RPG Club. For May, the team has decided to take a stroll through one of 2013′s most acclaimed games for the 3DS—Fire Emblem: Awakening. As the newest entry in the long running strategy RPG series, Fire Emblem; Awakening earned high …

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Not So Alone In The Dark: A Review of Daylight

Not So Alone In The Dark: A Review of Daylight 

I’m standing in front of a bleak looking metal door, my hand resting lightly on the X button. I’ve been here before, in games like Silent Hill or Resident Evil, contemplating whether or not my desire to progress is worth whatever horror lay on the other side of the door. …

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Look What We Found: The Moon Sliver

I’ve never formalized it, but I’ve told several developers that I think smaller–yet still fulfilling–games are an untapped market. There are many arguments about the price of games on Steam and entertainment value, and there are even more conversations that happen about the price of app for iOS and Android …

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Hitman and the Othering of the Enemy

Hitman and the Othering of the Enemy 

Videogames go to great effort to distance players from the violence they commit. The top-down view in the original Grand Theft Auto is a divider between the player and the grisly acts they are performing. It makes the violence lesser, comical, unreal in some way. When on-screen killing is exaggerated …

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