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The Secret Life of the Time Traveller

In The Time Traveller, H. G. Wells paints a picture of a future where humanity has eliminated all struggle and strife, and spends every waking hour in mirth and merriment. Humanity is described as a smaller, dimwitted, and more feeble version of current homo sapiens, and the difference between the appearance of the sexes almost completely […] Continue reading

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I know it’s a little thing, but…. really?

By- Chall As we all know, I am a huge fan of Skyrim and other similar games. In fact, Skyrim is the bar I set for all RPG game releases I’m interested in. Skyrim holds some of the best ratings for any RPG in history. Most, if not all, game review sites, blogs, and channels […] Continue reading

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Immersion into a Virtual World

In the spirit of Ready Player One, I have been thinking about how immersive video games can be. I live on a floor of 43 guys and 8 Xboxes, so video games are a big part of my everyday life. Lately, we have been spending our free time playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a […] Continue reading

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Relationships and Video Games

Our discussion of the role of other players in Journey raised an interesting point about cooperative gameplay. One of the most underrated aspects of video game play is its ability to build relationships especially in games requiring teamwork and/or synergy. The most popular video game in the world today is League of Legends, and as […] Continue reading

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How Important is a Narrative, Really?

In class, we’ve discussed the quality and general theme of narrative in modern video games and how well the narratives translate to gameplay. For example, in one of our Coursera videos, the point was raised that LOTRO sticks closely to the storyline of the original text, but does a poor job of translating it into […] Continue reading

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Not Bad, But Not Great

In order for me to evaluate LOTRO, I can only draw on my past experience with MMO RPGs. Most of my MMO experience comes from Runescape, a game with a far smaller map and a much less involved quest-line, so LOTRO wins in those regards. I would also give LOTRO points in the visual design […] Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Braid

Braid started off interestingly, with the dark shadow running through a background of skyscraper silhouettes. The graphics on the main character seemed very cool and I especially enjoyed that his hair and jacket blew in the wind as you run and jump. This beginning really did well with setting the tone for Tim’s ‘mysterious’ back-story, […] Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Braid

Braid started off interestingly, with the dark shadow running through a background of skyscraper silhouettes. The graphics on the main character seemed very cool and I especially enjoyed that his hair and jacket blew in the wind as you run and jump. This beginning really did well with setting the tone for Tim’s ‘mysterious’ back-story, […] Continue reading

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