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    Are Male Protagonists in Horror Games Doomed to the Same Fate as Their Female Counterparts?

    Recently, a writing colleague and dear friend of mine, Joanna, wrote a piece about the state of female protagonists in horror games.  As a horror buff, Joanna looked forward to researching female protagonists in horror games, and anticipated coming back to write with the knowledge of several games with powerful, tenacious female heroes.  What she […] More

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    Characters in Video Games

    Films and novels as a storytelling medium are widely accepted as the model for how to tell an effective, emotional narrative. Films and novels allow moviegoers and readers to either see portrayals of their favorite characters on the screen or read into their favorite characters’ minds on the page in an attempt to inspire the […] More

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    Open-world games like Fallout 4 will be the death of me

    Fallout 4 is the highly anticipated sequel in a series of games about a post-nuke retrofuturistic Earth. It is a science fiction portrayal of what the world could be like several years from now as our technology continues to rapidly develop. Although our world might not mirror the extremes of Fallout 4’s depiction, consider this: […] More

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    TSG Asks: Which Video Game Character Are You?

    Video Games have a way to not only make one feel connected to the characters on screen, but also to make one feel that they are the characters. Just the simple opportunity to have control is almost enough to pull a gamer’s mind into a subconcious and imaginary state where what ever is happening on […] More

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    Samsung Releases Its VR Headset

    Samsung released their Gear VR Headset. Customers eager to get their hands on a VR headset before next year’s release of the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and HTC Vive can pick up Samsung’s VR headset for as cheap as $99. The catch is that the headset comes at this price only if you already own […] More

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    Sony Announces PS2 Reverse Compatibility for PS4

    In a Thursday interview with Wired, Sony confirmed that they intend to “bring PS2 games forward to the current generation” by “utilizing PS2 emulation technology.” After throwing that juicy slice of bacon on a string before the ravenous hordes of fanboys cosplaying as Kratos, Spyro, and Crash, Sony jerked it away and ran away giggling […] More

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    Pre-Order Your Chibi-Robo Amiibo Now!

    Chibi-Robo, hero of the niche tiny robot franchise of the same name, has been receiving a lot of love from Nintendo lately. For a series that peaked with its original title in 2005, Chibi has starred in four (unnecessary) sequels –most recently September’s Chibi-Robo Zip Lash –and has been added to the ranks of the […] More

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    System Shock Remake Inbound, Sequel in Talks

    System Shock, the pair of cyberpunk horror RPGs from the 1990s that would go on to spawn the Bioshock series and influence other great titles like Dishonored and Deus Ex, has found a new home in the hands of Night Dive Studios. The relatively new developer had acquired the rights to the series back in […] More

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    Bandit’s Shark Showdown Aids Stroke Survivors

    Recently, I wrote about a game called Project: EVO, which seeks to treat childhood ADHD without the use of medication. It’s the flagship release in creator Alkali Interactive Lab’s Electronic Medicine ™ movement, but the intersection of STEM and gaming with an eye towards medical intervention is being explored throughout both industries. One of the […] More

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    Should You Continue? A Buyer’s Guide to Franchise Games

    It’s easy to be a cynic when it comes to video games -not just as an outsider who questions the value of the medium (and who could use some education), but as an active gamer as well. After all, with games these days costing $60 a pop, it simply becomes unaffordable to keep up with all […] More

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