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    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp may be Nintendo’s closest counterpart to console predecessors

    Nintendo dedicated its October 24th Nintendo Direct to showcasing the newest Animal Crossing game, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. This is another of Nintendo’s forays into the mobile app market, following Miitomo and Super Mario Run. Pocket Camp is technically slated to release later this month but thanks to the people at Kotaku, I got access to […] More

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    Seven spooky or silly games for Halloween

    The nights are growing long. There’s an unholy chill in the air. The leaves are turning auburn (well, not here in Southern California). That must mean one thing: All Hallow’s Eve is coming around the bend. There’s nothing quite like strolling up to fully-ornamented haunted houses, decked out as some clever yet obscure reference, and […] More

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    Cuphead and why it’s okay to fail

    Society in general greatly privileges success. We want to succeed, to be the best that we can be at whatever we do. Failure, on the other hand, is viewed as something to be avoided. But is failing really that bad? Shouldn’t we be able to see the value that comes from failure; that from it, […] More

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    Let’s get hyperreal: Simulacra in gaming

    One of the most important elements of any game is immersion, the dissolutionment between reality and the virtual experience that brings us deeper into the game. Gameplay becomes much easier and “flows” when players spend a significant amount of time operating within a game’s systems. . We care and empathize with the characters and their […] More

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    Are interactive narratives “games”?

    In 2012 developer Telltale Games stunned the game industry with The Walking Dead. With its constant tense sequences and dark but endearing tone, the episodic series was one of the year’s biggest surprises, going on to win the lofty Game of the Year title from the VGA’s and many other publications. At the time, however, […] More

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    The Death of Valve

    I’m not one to shy away from controversial topics. I believe that discussing these sorts of disputed subjects can create a dialogue where opinions, especially unpopular ones, can be tested against one another without fear of digital retribution. I want to foster that sense of argument and debate, so that we don’t just accept everything […] More

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    Games that make you feel powerful

    Games are an escape. They allow us to flee from our mundane realities and enter worlds where we feel empowered by incredible abilities. Of course, when you suddenly grant someone god-like powers, they’ll go around and see what pandemonium (read: fun) they can cause. Luckily, as games are an aforementioned escape, it’s safe to give […] More

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    Crash N. Sane Trilogy does something awesome with DLC

    Downloadable content can be a contentious topic among gamers. Originally seen as an opportunity to expand our digital adventures, DLC is now often lamented and treated with suspicion. Whether it’s pay-to-win items in a freemium game or currency to open a loot chest, gamers are resistant to having to pay more money on top of […] More

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    The Overlooked Adventure of Zelda 2

    The newest entry to the Zelda franchise, Breath of the Wild, is considered by many to be a return-to-form for the series. It recaptures the original title’s sense of intrepid exploration and challenging combat while implementing many quality of life improvements that earlier entries sorely needed. Some of these additions include elements more commonly seen […] More

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    Hyrule Comes to Life with the Symphony of the Goddesses

    Update: The contest is over. Find out who the winner is at 6am PST at this link! I walked down the hallway, fluorescent light bouncing off linoleum tiles. But that wasn’t the only thing bouncing. As I strode forward, the soft crescendo of music began to ring in my ears. It flowed and lilted as […] More

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    Five Movie Licensed Games That Are Actually Good

    If there are two things we’ve come to realize as games cross over with other media, it’s that movies based on games are bad, and equally bad are the games based on movies. Often times, film-licensed games are used as cash-grabs, a simple tie-in created in order to wring more money from your wallets. Hidden […] More

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