Category Archive: Story

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

Nov 17

Looking Back at Tomb Raider (2013)

In honor of the release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’ll look back on the reboot that started Lara Croft’s revival and the success (and my complaints) that followed. Normally when we think of reboots, we think of executives in a conference room pitching middling ideas on how the company can make more money. …

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Nov 09

Gone Fishing: Going Back to the Wasteland

By the time this post is published, Fallout 4 will most likely be released. And when Fallout 4 is out, I will most likely not want to write anything because nothing of significance will drop on that day. I’d be thinking too much about going back to the Wasteland. I’ll be thinking about Dogmeat. I’ll …

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Oct 21

People Are Not Winged Space Wizards: Video Games and the Quest for Better Representation

When it comes to representation, video games are sorta poor at it. I admit we are getting better. Afterall, last E3 saw many new games announced with a female protagonist and Halo 5:Guardians is giving us a leading non-white character in Spartan Locke. But that kind of representation is still sort of a rarity in …

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Aug 31

Hey, Remember LA Noire?

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece for a site (now deceased) about the magic that was LA Noire. At the time, it was the game and I mean THE GAME when it came out. It was the start of the summer and there was nothing like it on the videogame market. LA Noire was …

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Aug 17

Interactive Movies are Games

If I had to seclude one bothersome thing about gamers complaining about games (there’s a big list), it’s the complaint about how stories work in games and how stories should work in games. The other is what is and isn’t a game which oddly enough gets tangled into the story problem as well. Usually the …

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Aug 10

Two-ish Years Later – The Wolf Among Us Episode 1

When Telltale announced their followup franchise to The Walking Dead would be an adaptation of Bill Willingham’s Fables comics, eyebrows were raised. Telltale was on a high when The Walking Dead started winning many Game of the Year awards so jumping into another franchise was a bit intriguing. Two-ish years later, how well has the …

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Aug 03

GTA V – Two (ish) Years Later: What’s the Deal with Michael?

Two years ago a little indie gem by the name of GTA V took the world by storm and left its skid marks everywhere. In three days, the game made a billion dollars and, of course, became a popular point of discussion. Chat shows wanting in on the trend regardless of creditability decided to stick …

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Jul 15

Awakening the Storyteller in the Game Designer

A while ago, I discussed Mark Brown’s video on storytelling and systems and mentioned that, at least right now, having well-written systemic storytelling is just not feasible right now. I did mention that certain games though are pushing the boundaries of video game storytelling and today I want to focus on one in particular.   …

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Jul 07

Her Story…and My One Problem With It

This new game going around (new since the writing of this post, at least). Don’t know if you’ve heard of it. Lots of people are talking about the new, fresh thing it does that sets itself from the rest. And by rest, I mean almost every game ever made. Lots of people digging it’s gameplay, …

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Jul 07

Sony’s E3 2015 Conference Makes Big Promises, But Can They Deliver?

Sorry for that big delay everyone. This is actually a pretty hectic time in my life and I finally feel well enough to start writing again. So let’s begin where we left off.   Sony is tricky to talk about because on one hand, they know how to deliver. They know their core audience and …

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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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