Author Archives: Nightly Thoughts

A Musing About Games and Gender

In a relatively recent video series on youtube, PBS Game/Show, one of the videos discussed was “Are You Weird if You Play as the Opposite Sex?” (source below). In it, there was quite a bit of discussion into a genre of roleplaying games that allow players to design their own characters. These game include many […] Continue reading

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Mass Effect 3 – A Genre-Defying Journey

Ahh, Mass Effect series. Where do I even start? There is so much that can be examined and analyzed and write books about in this groundbreaking space opera (more like space epic) from Bioware. The richness of the setting, the innovative game mechanic, the superb narrative, the endearing characters, the amazing immersion, and beautiful design […] Continue reading

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“Bring him down to our level” – A Look at the Dark Knight

While the Fellowship of the Ring has an excellent way of telling a story, it is not the only way. To enlighten myself on an alternative to the romance circle, I chose a movie that I felt would be very different from the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring, and compare them […] Continue reading

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To War – Reflections on Lord of the Rings Online

What would Tolkien have said about LOTRO? I wish we can know. Because this is one heck of a way to explore the rich mythology Tolkien has created. In the familiar trilogy, the story is mainly focused on the Fellowship of the Ring and its adventures during the War of the Ring. However, given that […] Continue reading

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A Fist Full of… Drama

Being familiar with the competitive gaming culture around the game League of Legends, I have some basis for comparison when I watch King of Kong. In short, the competitive drama in King of Kong is when some people take something too seriously. And that is not a bad thing. Having paid attention to what is basically […] Continue reading

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A Braided Reflection

Personally, I have never played Braid until now, but being a prolific gamer and having seen my roommate play the game before, I have had some preparations and planning going into this assignment. On the other hand, my partner, Logan, is very new to video games, as far as I know. Once the game started, […] Continue reading

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Genetic Therapy, Boon or Bane?

In 50 years, science will progress and change society just as it has been for the entire human history. One of the technology might be genetic therapy, which will help with hereditary diseases such as Sickle Cell Anemia and many forms of cancer. However, as with all technology, there are two sides to this piece of human […] Continue reading

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