Dark Souls 2: Reading the Tea Leaves
Mar20

Dark Souls 2: Reading the Tea Leaves

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFqxGggCXCo From Software’s newest achievement is fundamentally different than its predecessors: there’s now a firmly established ‘Souls ecosystem for its players to thrive in.  This egalitarian system can be predictably counted on to uncover so many carefully squirreled away secrets in vibrant corners of their D-Souls games. Needless to say, the already steep learning curve experienced by even...

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Thief and the Most Difficult Genre
Mar08

Thief and the Most Difficult Genre

Square Enix’s reboot of the roughly decade old series was, from its inception, locked into an awkward dance with nostalgia.  Originally released in 1998, The Dark Project never moved beyond cult classic into the wider embrace of the PC gaming community.  2014’s Thief seems intent on satisfying this fan base while extending a (limp) gesture to the uninitiated. The problem is that the small fan contingency has never shown any harmonious...

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A Link Between Worlds – A Brilliant Execution of Nintendo’s Blueprint
Nov28

A Link Between Worlds – A Brilliant Execution of Nintendo’s Blueprint

Nintendo has, by its own doing, positioned itself between a rock and hard place.  The company’s success hinges almost entirely upon its coveted lineup of a half dozen decades-old franchises.  Like Disney, a key part of their strategy is leveraging the nostalgia locked into the hearts of many gamers – upsetting this core is their most terrifying endgame. And so Nintendo has been stuck modernizing its key franchises, stuck in a kind of...

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Dragon’s Crown and The Sexism Meme
Aug08

Dragon’s Crown and The Sexism Meme

  All are powerless under its sway.  One look and you’re thunderstruck – it’s impossible to take your eyes off the sheer virility.  Compelling to the point of obsession, it commands the hearts and minds of countless internet junkies with otherwise idle hands.   The stereotyping and discrimination of women is such a common phenomenon in modern media that the sexism meme has flourished.  The endless succession of scantily clad...

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E3 2013 – Final Fantasy XIV Impressions
Jun13

E3 2013 – Final Fantasy XIV Impressions

  Multiple times during my hands on experience with FFXIV I heard the producer on hand use the phrase, “If you’ve played an MMO, then you know that [fill in the trope]”.  Surveying the characters at my disposal, they were described as fitting into the traditional molds of Tank, Healer, Ranged DPS, etc. Graham walked me through the ins and outs: You should be able to figure out your stats and everything.  Don’t remove any of your...

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