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Category Archives: Video Games
Practice makes perfect, but do you ever wonder why some people need less practice than others? Have you ever been awful at a video game and figured, “oh well I just need to get used to it” but then you never caught on? If you never have been in this position, you can take it … Continue reading “Rated E – Not Quite For Everyone” Continue reading
For full effect, please play this. A lot of people have games that they consider integral parts of their childhood. As we have discussed in class, for a lot of people this game was Pokemon. For others, Super Mario Bros or the Zelda series were the cornerstones in their gaming careers. For me, that game was Morrowind. For those who are not … Continue reading “Learning to Play” Continue reading
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Don’t get caught up in this damn World of Warcraft arms race,” he told me. “You’ll only lose sight of why you enjoy the game in the first place.” He was referring … Continue reading “Cavafy’s “Ithaca” and The Video Game Arms Race” Continue reading
This may or may not be another controversial comment on my part. Either way, they’re my opinions on why Pokemon GO has probably peaked and won’t see anywhere near their huge rates of play again. First, the game was very much a beneficiary of the bandwagon effect. It easily would not have been as popular if … Continue reading “Pokemon GO(ing down)” Continue reading
If you have found this blog, and you have no idea what this could be about, note that I’m in a course that discusses the ideas of the new media and its connection to literature. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be enrolled in the course to understand what I will be discussing. It seems … Continue reading “Augmented Reality: The Postmodern Literature?” Continue reading
A lot of my fellow posters have been talking about Braid, which is a fantastic puzzle-platformer that absolutely deserves to be talked about. However, I thought that I should change it up a bit and instead talk about the other game that we’ve played in this class so far: LOTRO, or Lord of the Rings Online. LOTRO … Continue reading “Silumni, Easily Lost” Continue reading
I think the moment I realized that I had gotten really into the game was when I stepped out of the Towers West Lounge and thought about walking backward to turn back time out of curiosity. That HUNT! puzzle killed me. I admit that I didn’t spend as much time playing the game as my … Continue reading “A solid break from stress and “Legion”” Continue reading
Our initial experience in the world of Braid may leave us with an impression of simplicity and straight-forwardness. We move to the right of the screen, like most platformers, and are greeted with a scenic backdrop and the promise of challenging levels and puzzles to solve. This sense changes as soon as we begin opening books and … Continue reading “New Clarity in Memory: How Braid Forces Us to Wade Through the Past” Continue reading