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    The moment that made me love Wandersong

    I started Wandersong shortly after completing Marvel’s Spider-Man. Going from a big-budget AAA console-exclusive title to a small, independent game was a jarring play experience for me to say the least, but the lighthearted tone of the game’s opening and the charmingly incessant optimism of The Bard endeared me to what I expected to be […] More

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    Wandersong’s commitment to non-violence is both endearing and frustrating

    Everybody faces conflict. Sometimes these conflicts are mild inconveniences while other times they are unexpected, unavoidable, and life-threatening. The latter is often true in video games, which, by their nature, are filled with obstacles that will impede your progress or end your play session altogether. For decades, mindless violence has been the primary method in […] More

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    Why you should care about video games: Celeste

    It’s rare that I find myself getting emotional during a story. My stoic personality generally deflects the manifestation of physical emotional reactions to movies, books, poetry, and, yes, video games. Yet halfway through Celeste’s brief but powerful journey, my eyes started to water. The game tackles so many of life’s struggles, especially anxiety and depression, […] More

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    Far Cry 5’s worship album is a better realization of the game’s vision than the game itself

    In the lead up to the release of Far Cry 5, developer Ubisoft strongly promoted the game’s antagonist, a charismatic leader of a doomsday cult that has taken control of fictional Hope County, Montana. The development team enlisted the help of cult researcher Mia Donovan to advise on the creation of their fictional cult and extended its […] More

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    Halo 3 revisited: a timeless campaign

    When it released in 2007, Halo 3 had enormous expectations to live up to. The previous two games in the series defined the first person shooter genre on consoles in terms of single-player and multiplayer components, and many gamers looked to this third entry to do the same. On release, Halo 3 received almost universal […] More

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    Remembering Final Fantasy XV’s excellent first half

    Last year I compared Final Fantasy XV unfavorably to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. My primary point of criticism was the game’s split identity between an open-ended first half and a linear second half that emphasized an improperly developed narrative. Despite this, the game’s first half is still a fantastic example of […] More

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    The Last Guardian is a game you need to play twice

    Released at the end of 2016, The Last Guardian made a momentary impact on the industry, mostly due to the sheer miracle of the game escaping over a decade in development hell, before seemingly fading from the general gaming consciousness. Fumito Ueda’s follow-up to the monumental 2005 game Shadow of the Colossus was a polarizing […] More

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    Classic arcade games to never forget

    Arcade culture started to gain true momentum in the late 1970s, with the release of games such as Asteroids and Galaxian and became widespread by the time Pac-Man and Defender were released. The golden age of Arcade Games started with the release of Space Invaders in 1978 which stands as one of the richest in […] More

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    The Game Awards 2017: A night of unrestrained passion

    Every year The Game Awards are a celebration of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the incredible games that we play. While last year’s show put emphasis on gaming’s unsung heroes, epitomized by Overwatch’s victory as Game of the Year after a nightmarish development cycle, this year more than ever developers […] More

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