November 2016

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    Final Fantasy XV – Game of the Month

    December’s Game of the Month is ten years in the making: of course it’s Final Fantasy XV. FFXV began it’s life way back in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. This was the same year Rockstar was sued over hot coffee, the Sims 2 was still getting expansion packs, we had just been introduced to Daniel Craig’s […] More

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    How Achieving Platinum Rank in Overwatch sucked me back into Competitive eSports

    Season 3 of the in-game competitive Overwatch ladder starts tomorrow and as I mentally prepare for the battles to come, I also reflect on how Overwatch has changed my life in just a few short months. Overwatch quickly became one of my all time favorite games. I tried Blizzard’s hero-based shooter for the first time on […] More

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    The relationships between player and avatar: An enlightening interview with Harrison Gish

    You might remember my first longform article “Player and Character as One: Why uncensored games are the most impactful storytelling medium” about how players can be more intimate with their characters in a mature setting if the game employs more explicit storytelling. You also might have listened to the Trust Sircle podcast episode where we […] More

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    Escape Bloody Mary: Interview with developer Matthew Rebong

    A few weeks ago I was invited to Chapman University’s west studio, home of augmented and virtual reality startup Well Told Entertainment, to play their first virtual reality gaming experience: Escape Bloody Mary. You play as a kid who’s dared by his friends to perform the ritual that summons the infamous monster. Unfortunately, your actions […] More

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    Dishonored 2 Review: A Personal Affair

    In 2012 the first Dishonored was a gust of fresh air that swept unexpectedly through the game industry. During a time of heavily iterated franchises and bombastic action games, Arkane Studios’ new stealth-action IP emphasized a methodical and slow approach, granting players flexibility and choice in how they completed each challenge. The gameplay allows for […] More

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    A War Torn Battlefield 1 Review

    Battlefield 1’s campaign attempts to portray harrowing tales of bravery and courage, but its true success still lies in its thoroughly refined multiplayer suite For a series that has been around for over 14 years, Battlefield has remained relatively consistent in overall quality. However, the last two entries in the series, Battlefield 4 and Battlefield […] More

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    Pokémon Sun and Moon Ship over 10 Million Copies

    The latest entries in the venerable Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon, were announced on Wednesday to have shipped over 10 million units in the initial shipment. As Wall Street Journal technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki relays over Twitter, the “Pokémon Co. says [it’s the] biggest-ever initial shipment for 3DS platform”. This news arrives after Nintendo’s […] More

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    Watch Dogs 2 patch will remove fully rendered vagina

    On the evening of Monday November 14 NeoGAF user Goron2000 posted an announcement: “I found a vagina in Watch Dogs 2 and Sony suspended me.” Now if you’re like me that statement needs some unpacking. Goron2000 is referring to a female NPC model he discovered in Ubisoft’s new game Watch Dogs 2 that has a […] More

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    Stone Story: An Interview with Creator Gabriel Santos

    Among the many innovative games featured at IndieCade 2016, one game stuck out to me as being particularly unique. Stone Story, developed by San Francisco based developer Gabriel Santos, is a RPG adventure with an intricate ASCII art style comprising the whole graphical component of the game. Its an experience that was unlike anything else […] More

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