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RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 3

RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 3 

Another week, another RPG Club post! This marks the second-to-last week on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Ethan is unimpressed, and the other RPG-ers reflect on music, alchemy, and the Dawnguard DLC.

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RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 2

RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 2 

RPG Club continues through Tamriel, kicking ass and taking names. However, for Caitlin and Reid it’s the second playthrough, and they have different opinions on how that affects the game. Mike and Ethan both seem a little wary of what the game offers.

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Look What We Found: Aaru’s Awakening

Look What We Found: Aaru’s Awakening 

One of the most amazing things about games is that there are a thousand different things about them that can capture players’ imaginations, but it takes playing the games for these things to be fully realized. But the art direction of a game is one aspect that can capture anyone’s …

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The Last Of Us: Left Behind Is Pretty Awesome

The Last Of Us: Left Behind Is Pretty Awesome 

SPOILERS AHOY FOR BOTH THE LAST OF US AND LEFT BEHIND.
Left Behind is the perfect kind of post-release DLC. It doesn’t retread over the same broken earth of the main game, nor does it layer glitzy padding on top of it. Instead, it simply augments it, teasing out one of …

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Proven Lands’ Ambitions Lead To Kickstarter

And lo, a bounty of amazing Kickstarter projects.
I’ve already highlighted Ashen Rift’s efforts at crowdfunding, but equally off-the-radar for many is the new campaign for science fiction gem Proven Lands. If you haven’t heard of it, wait until you get a load of this ambitious pitch: “Explore a unique, vast and …

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Ashen Rift Kickstarter: A Man And His Dog And You

Anyone who has followed my writing in particular knows I have a… special relationship with Kickstarter. I won’t bore you with the laundry list of issues I have with many campaigns, but every once in awhile some projects pop up that feel worthy of the attention.
Ashen Rift’s Kickstarter campaign launched last …

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RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 1

RPG Club Plays Skyrim: Week 1 

It worked! Months of bullying and pestering and finally the RPG club caved to my demands: now we have a whole month of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As you can imagine, I am beyond ecstatic. For week one, we start pretty slow, just looking at the characters we have made for ourselves …

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How Skyrim Creeped Me Out

I was wandering through a dungeon in Skyrim when something struck me. How do you make a game like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, filled with zombies, corpses, and slaughter, creepy? As it turns out, all it takes is a few assets piled in a corner – it doesn’t have to be …

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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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