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A Throne of Games – Volume 3 – A Storm of “S” Words.


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When last we left the historie of the consoleflict, King Atari had perished in madness and the kingdom of console gaming fell into chaos and disarray. It was a wasteland. No one purchased new consoles, and merchants refused to sell them. For all intents and purposes, the idea of video […]

Setting Fallout 4 Pt. 2 (of 2) – On The Road Again!


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For what I’m discussing today is nothing short of pure, unadulterated (but hopefully still informed) speculation! The time-honored tradition of fans everywhere! That of looking at something I enjoy the hell out of and going, “Hmmm, what if this were to happen next?”

So in this spirit, I’m going to hop into my rebuilt Chrysalis Highwayman here, and take a virtual road trip through a post-nuclear America!

Setting Fallout 4 Part 1 (of 2) – How the West Was Fun


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But to do so would be to miss the point more than your Facebook friend who thinks articles by The Onion are real.

Farcry 3, Fight Club, and Ultra-Violence: Or Why Gaming Needs to Gain Weight!


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Of the many previews that emerged from this year’s E3 to generate hype, one that didn’t inspire much outrage or concern was the one for the upcoming Farcry 3. In just under two minutes, this (decidedly NSFW) trailer promises an adventure that will play out as Apocalypse Now if it […]

Seeking Absolution Solutions


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It’s raining. Outside the Waikiki Motel the palm trees sway with the showers under a sky filled with dread. Inside, a man takes off his shirt. He’s washing the blood off his face and cleaning the bullet hole in his arm. The scars on his back are visible during the […]

Lamenting E3 2012 – A Preamble


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Perhaps because it’s an overcast July 4th here in my corner of usually beautiful and overly hot southern California, but it seems a perfect day to take a step back. To look at something important to gamers young and old, hardcore and casual. I’m of course talking about E3 (or […]

Overachievers: In Pursuit Of 1000G


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In a moment of madness I cared too much about finding everything, about doing everything, and it was to the detriment of my gaming experience. It’s in moments like these that achievement-oriented gamers need to be reminded that their Gamerscore doesn’t mean anything and that they run the risk of turning a fun experience into a chore – and turning one’s hobby into work is a risky business indeed.

A Throne of Games – Volume 2 – A Crash of Kings


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When last we left the historie of the consoleflict, two houses arose in the land of gaming. One, house Magnavox, entering into the untamed wilderness with their host of Odysseys, the other, house Atari, had stolen the fire of tennis and ignited the imagination with Pong, the progenitor of gaming […]

A Throne of Games – Volume 1 – A Historie of Consoleflict


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Tell me, O muse, of that time long ago when there were no video games. When the people did not gather in the halls of the arcade where a round of happiness was bought a quarter at a time, but the pool hall where a beer cost the same if […]

The Finale Solution – Three of Them, Actually.


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End Errors: Game, Postscript For the last month or so, I’ve been talking about how terrible endings are in video games. Over the course of two articles, one focusing on a decent variety of problems, the other exploring a single issue in depth, I think I managed to at least […]

In the Therapist’s Chair: Kingdom Hearts and Minecraft


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What makes video games brutal is often their most basic premise.  If you think too long and too hard about exactly what it is you’re doing, a creeping sensation starts to prickle the back of your mind.  If you put yourself in the shoes of your avatar, would you be so gung-ho, would you even be capable of walking out of the front door?

The Massive Effect a Boss Makes


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End Errors: Game, Part Deux! Whoah! What was that, it’s almost feels like I skipped through time. Like this article isn’t actually it’s own premise, but the continuation of another article, one from the past. Weird. Anyway . . . So far we’ve seen how video game endings can fail […]

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The Dialogue Tree Welcomes a New Climber!


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With that done, I now must ask Laura to introduce herself by revealing something embarrassing. To let the folks reading this know that not only is she smart and talented, but a gamer through and through. It’s also the final part of the ritual, and you don’t want to leave the painted goat hanging for too long.

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Endings are Void – Dark Souls VS Skyrim – Part 6


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or “Without art in the ending, a game ends up without art.”   For those that are new, welcome! For those that have been following this series, now in it’s sixth (I think?) installment, I know it seems like I may have forgotten about it. I hadn’t (mostly), but like […]

Gaming’s Best and Worst of 2011 – A Delayed Interruption


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or Adam’s Alliterative Awards Attached Arbitrarily At Awesome And Awful Amusements! I know this blog’s been missing for a few weeks, er, pretty much all of February. Which is a shame as I was in the middle of this HUGE SERIES chronicling the CORE ASPECTS of all of gaming using […]