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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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    The 4 types of games crowding your backlog

    Video games are a difficult medium to stay up to date on. In addition to their rather expensive cost, many games require a significant amount of playtime in order to see everything it has to offer. While movies require a defined and manageable time commitment, completing a video game can take anywhere from two hours […] 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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    Three games with rewarding difficulty settings

    Difficulty in video games is a tricky thing. While developers want players to enjoy playing their game, they also want to provide a challenge. Finding the sweet spot between “too accessible the game basically plays itself” and “so maddeningly frustrating you’ll need a few backup controllers” can actually be tougher than it seems. Most video games […] 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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    How Breath of the Wild redefines the Zelda series

    In 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time crafted the template that Zelda games would follow for almost twenty years. Though each game in the series has had its own flair, such as Wind Waker’s high seas adventure or Skyward Sword’s more linear progression, the series has stayed true to the formula laid down […] More

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    Launch titles over the generations

    Whenever a new console is on the horizon gamers like to talk about the launch lineup, the games that will be available to purchase along with their shiny new piece of hardware on day one. As it takes time for most developers to get a handle for the newly available technology, many of these games […] More

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