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  • Blog Post: Five Unexpected Deaths In Video Games

    With the premiere of the fourth season of Game of Thrones tonight, a show embraced by gamers and non-gamers alike, it offers the perfect excuse to talk about deaths we didn’t see coming. Game of Thrones the television show has only been around since 2010, but the books have been publishing since... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – RPGs With Tedious Starts Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass

    Tedium is inherently subjective. Some folks like turning over every last stone on the hunt for that last powerful item. Others like grinding for hours in RPGs to maximize their entire party’s potential. However, it’s safe to assume that the broad majority of gamers are interested in having... More
  • Blog Post: Cheating The Hourglass: Time Travel In Video Games

    When I was 13, one of my absolute favorite games was Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Sands of Time absorbed my life when I first received it. I had never played the original, but the PlayStation 2 release quickly became my go-to option when I got home from school every day. Any whippersnappers reading... More
  • Blog Post: The Best RPG Writing

    Writing a narrative for a lengthy RPG is tricky. Not only do writers have to consider character development, realistic dialogue, and story progression, but they also have to make sure it complements the long-form gameplay. Storytelling has always been hit or miss for the role-playing genre, but writers... More
  • Blog Post: Attention to Detail: 10 Things That Make Any Game Better

    Great ideas are the foundations of great games, and no one can deny that developers today create many entertaining concepts. Even so, sometimes the simple things get overlooked. Every gamer has stopped in the middle of playing and wondered why a developer failed to include an obviously useful feature... More
  • Blog Post: This Week In Mobile 11/02/2012

    Get ready to pull out your phones and ignore all incoming calls and texts because this week keeps the hits coming. From Halo and Borderlands to Need for Speed and Chrono there is something new for everybody. Name: Need for Speed Most Wanted Developer: Electronic Arts Price: $7.11 Android, $9.99 iOS Platform... More
  • Blog Post: Surprise Protagonists: A New Perspective

    It’s not uncommon for a cutscene to present us with a different perspective. These sequences can illustrate events through the eyes of several different characters, whether they’re the main protagonist or not. Seeing things from a new angle can not only increase the impact of storytelling... More
  • Blog Post: Why We Love Chrono Trigger

    Chrono Trigger celebrated its 17 year anniversary last month, and even though 17 years isn't a particularly notable number, we're still going to use it as an excuse to talk about how much we love Chrono Trigger. It's a game that has aged incredibly well despite being almost old enough to... More
  • Blog Post: Replay Value: Games With Multiple Endings

    If interactivity is what sets games apart from other mediums, then the narrative games that have the most potential to show off this form of art are those that feature multiple endings based on your decisions. Amongst the many games with multiple endings, some settle for simple dual options based on... More
  • Blog Post: Where Did All The JRPGs Go?

    As a longtime fan of JRPGs, I often find myself wondering what ever happened to all of the Japan-developed RPGs that I grew up playing on the SNES and PlayStation. Triple-A million-dollar-budget behemoths like Final Fantasy XIII (pictured above) are very much the exception these days. Obviously much... More
  • Blog Post: Beyond Good and Evil: Choices That Make a Difference

    By Joe Juba and Jeff Cork Gamers often need to choose between various outcomes, weighing the rewards and consequences of their actions. But how many of those choices actually matter? If you’re just deciding on the outcome of a single quest, it’s hard to feel like your choice has a real impact... More
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