Category Archives: Opinion

Gaming Has Positive Effects On Your Health… So Where’s The Hype?

By Sparling Wilson In class, we have discussed how video games incorporate many different philosophical, artistic, historical, and social issues across their many forms and types. For some games, relaying information or a critique to the player is the end of goal, while others incorporate these elements more subtly to make a deeper and more […] Continue reading

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Super Meat Boy Uses Psychology to Keep You Playing

By: Thomas C Adams Super Meat Boy (2010) is an indie platformer developed by Team Meat. This game is commonly considered one of the most frustrating games to play much less actually complete. In fact, I still haven’t beaten it myself (I’m on the last level). Being a very frustrating and challenging game, you would think […] Continue reading

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Heroes: A thing of the Past, or of the Imagination?

By A.A. BENJAMIN Storytellers struggle to make whimsical what the world makes dull. We foster deeper understanding by exaggeration, by parable and metaphor, or by creating what we wish were happening when it really is not. When renowned English texts like “Ulysses” by Lord Tennyson and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight begin with lamentations […] Continue reading

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Shadow of the Colossus Review

By Jo Kim   When I first heard that Shadow of the Colossus, a game that I enjoyed playing during the PS2 era, was getting a HD makeover, I was excited. On 2011, the game came out for the PS3. Not owning a Playstation 3 for my own, I had to go over to my […] Continue reading

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Concerning Hobbits: How the Smallfolk Saved Middle Earth

By Thomas Adams Warning: If you have not seen the rest of the Lord of the Rings series and do not want it spoiled, do not read this post. After watching the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, I was inspired to finish the rest of the series (again, for like the 5th […] Continue reading

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To the Moon: Review

            Background: To the Moon is a RPG (Role-Playing Game) produced by the indie company, Freebird Games. It is both their fourth product and their first commercial product. This game was developed using the RPG Maker XP Engine. Game play: Just like most other games created with the RPG Maker XP Engine, […] Continue reading

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Protection & Prosecution

The passage in Little Brother that drew my attention the most was at the beginning of the book when Marcus and Darryl are escaping school. The emphasis on the face detection and gait detection that was used around the halls of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Where My “Nerd Girls” At?

Professor Clayton asked a question on Thursday that has stuck with me. Are those of us who were excited about Nashville Comic Con, who are into gaming and sci-fi and fantasy, outliers in the Vanderbilt community? I’d like to say no, outright. But in my last writing workshop we were critiquing a story that made […] Continue reading

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Women And The Gaming World, also #Gamersgate

I’m not going to lie, I approached the whole gaming world with many pre-conceived notions and stereotypes of gaming culture and the very people that played these games. I pictured the overweight, late-twenties male in a stained and dirty t-shirt hidden in his parents’ basement playing games alone for hours, with the reflective glow of […] Continue reading

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The Evolution of Video Games and the Diminishing Relevance of Failure

By Thomas Adams In class, we began discussing failure in video games. The most common version of failure in video games in gameplay failure. Gameplay failure is when the player fails to complete a task that he/she must complete in order to progress in the game. This could be failing to solve a puzzle (e.g. Portal), dying to […] Continue reading

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