Category Archive: Story

Any article that comments on the writing or story of a game.

Jun 26

Ubisoft Fails to Excite, But Not Offend at It’s E3 2015 Press Conference

Ubisoft is up next and their show is surprisingly…pretty average. I have to admit that not a lot of bombshells were dropped and even the surprises weren’t that surprising. Which means the whole event was just kind of meh.   Here’s what was announced:   South Park: Fracture, But Whole. Another South Park game done …

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Jun 25

EA’s 2015 E3 Conference Left Us Really Excited and Half-Asleep

Yesterday I kind of talked about the highs and lows of Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Overall it was pretty good and just left me wanting more as ambiguous trailer after ambiguous trailer told me nothing of what I could look forward to in the future. EA didn’t really have that problem. EA’s problem is that …

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Jun 24

Not Everything Is As it Appears – Reviewing Microsoft’s E3 2015 Conference

Moving things along, Microsoft was the first of the Day 0 press conferences and to summarize, they did alright. I was pretty invested into this because as an Xbox One owner, I need more exclusives to be coming down the pipeline. I feel like the only exclusives I played all year was Sunset Overdrive and …

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Jun 23

Going Over Bethesda’s E3 2015 Conference – The Good, the Boring, and the Mega-Good

With E3 in the past now, it’s the perfect time to start dissecting what was really interesting about the shows this year as well as what the press conference¬† givers could do better. And what better place to start than at the beginning with Bethesda? Ok, so technically Nintendo kicked things off with the Nintendo …

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May 04

May the 4th Be With You – 4 Star Wars Games to Get You Ready For the Future of Star Wars

Happy May the 4th everyone! Since it’s Star Wars day, you might be wondering which Star Wars game to play. This is no easy task, as our galaxy is nearly filled to the brim with worthy Star Wars games to play. Some featuring innovation and capturing the same imagination that fuels the Star Wars universe. …

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Apr 21

Videogames Should Forget the Movies, TV is Where It’s At

Maybe we have this adaptation game all wrong. For awhile, I have been analyzing and predicting when Hollywood will finally make that one good video game movie where everyone can agree is worthy of love and admiration… and maybe a few MTV Movie Awards. I, along with every other gamer-movie watcher, have been patiently waiting …

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Apr 13

Five Nights At Freddy: The Best and Worst Idea for a Movie

You probably already heard by now that Warner Bros has bought the rights to adapt Five Nights at Freddy for film. It’s not the weirdest IP to be adapted into film (See Play-Doh and Battleship), but it is the latest videogame craze that has been scooped up by a Hollywood studio (See Temple Run).   …

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Jan 29

Comparing The Worlds, Stories, and Twists of Gone Home and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

For a while now I’ve been really thinking about a way to talk about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and compare it to Gone Home. The games are comparable, in that they are both first-person exploration games revolving around the disappearance of a person. In Gone Home, you play as woman coming home from a …

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Dec 15

Cassandra, the Character I Wanted Lightning to Be

When discussions about strong female videogame characters come up, some of the usually suspects always show up (Lara Croft, Jade, Samus, and so on). However, there is one character I would argue doesn’t and shouldn’t even appear anywhere on that list, yet the pool she comes from is not as varied as one would like …

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Nov 26

Gone Home and Efficiency

It finally happened. I finally played The Fullbright Company‘s game Gone Home and thought it was pretty good. What finally spurred me to play this game? All the discussion surrounding it and what it means to be a game. Now, I’ve already answered why I think Gone Home is a game and how it fulfills …

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Oct 16

Extra Credits and Idea Channel Look at Mechanics and Meaning

Two interesting videos came out yesterday on YouTube each talking about the relationship between players and the mechanics of the games they play. The first video is from Extra Credit with discusses whether or not video games have less value than other mediums.   I agree to a degree with some of the points brought …

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Sep 25

Game vs. Game License – Some Problems With Crafting a Game With Someone Else’s IP

The history of licensed games is a funny one. That’s at least the take away I got from this Polygon by¬†Alexa Ray Corriea article that discusses the history of The Lord of the Rings games.   The trend seems to be that when dealing with an IP like The Lord of the Rings, an excited …

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Aug 13

A Link Between Worlds and the Ratio of Women to Men Saved

This is an interesting article by mrsdawnaway from BigTallWords on the literal objectification of women in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.   This article left me, conflicted. Partly because I agree with many of the points including that The Legend of Zelda series is historically not the best at spotlighting strong women. …

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Jul 17

On the Growing Usage of Graphic Violence in Video Games

A great article on Polygon by Chris Plante that discusses his growing uneasiness with the use of graphic violence in game marketing.   While I think Assassin’s Creed Unity might have been a pretty tame example, the in-general over use of graphic violence is something that has been making me rather uncomfortable. The strange thing …

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Jun 25

Reality vs. Fiction: Why Nothing is Stopping Link From Being Black

A few days ago I stumbled across an article titled “Why Can’t Link be Black?” It dealt with the idea and implication of Link from The Legend of Zelda series always being portrayed as a human-like elf type character (Hylian) with characteristics most closely related to “white” people. Was that a mouthful? Well, remember how …

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