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Motif-vation: Street Fighter 2: Guile's Theme Motif-vation: Street Fighter 2: Guile's Theme

Ah yes, the song that launched a thousand memes. Unlike many other sources of viral content, though, it is a legitimately great tune.

Actually, Fable Is A Great Game Actually, Fable Is A Great Game

A while back, I was harping on why Peter Molyneux ruined his own game by over-hyping it, so much so that when players finally got their hands on it, they were disappointed by the final result. This botched bit PR work, though, should not take away from the fact that Fable really is a great game.

Mass Effect And How To Introduce A Massive In-Game Universe Mass Effect And How To Introduce A Massive In-Game Universe

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Mass Effect series is how it handled its universe’s enormous backstory. BioWare did an amazing job of incorporating an appropriate amount of lore into gameplay while leaving the rest of it - all of it, really - in an easily accessible codex.

Gaming As A Parent Is A Heck Of Thing Gaming As A Parent Is A Heck Of Thing

In my college days, I could spend a free afternoon playing for hours on end. As a single man, I had a few nights after work where I would play into the wee hours. Now that I’m married and have a child, that kind of play schedule is no longer a thing, but I try to strike a healthy balance between family and personal…

I'm An Old Man, And eSports Aren't My Thing I'm An Old Man, And eSports Aren't My Thing

Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate great talent in any aspect of life. There are times when I genuinely enjoy watching a video game match. But there’s something onerous about the current crop of eSports games that saps away my interest in them.

Fallout: 76 Is Not Really A Fallout Game, And That's OK Fallout: 76 Is Not Really A Fallout Game, And That's OK

At Bethesda’s E3 showcase last night, we finally got a better look at the upcoming Fallout: 76, and it’s not like any previous Fallout game. For many, that maybe a let down, but gratefully, that means it doesn’t have a monumental amount of expectations to live up to.

Anthem Looks Like Destiny, But Even Less Coherent Anthem Looks Like Destiny, But Even Less Coherent

I read Kotaku’s write-up on Anthem’s E3 showcase, and while it absolutely looks gorgeous, there is a lot that concerns me.

Why Is The Last Part Of A Trilogy So Bad? Why Is The Last Part Of A Trilogy So Bad?

Whether it is a game, a movie, or a novel, various forms of entertainment tend to end on a whimper instead of a roar. Why is that?

Fable, Or When Hype Ruins A Great Game Fable, Or When Hype Ruins A Great Game

I love Fable. The first game of the series is exemplary of how a game can really embrace a theme and make something magical. And it never really had a chance to be amazing thanks to Peter Molyneux going full Molyneux.

This Writing Challenge Is Like A Marathon. Treat It Like One. This Writing Challenge Is Like A Marathon. Treat It Like One.

I know that when I saw the SixTAY Days of Writing Challenge from ThePickyGamer, I chuckled to myself. “Two months of writing daily articles? That sounds excruciating.” At the time, my turnout for pieces was roughly one every two weeks, so having something written everyday for such an extended period of time seemed…

I'm Wary of the Day When My Daughter Will Start Playing Online I'm Wary of the Day When My Daughter Will Start Playing Online

Ah, to be a parent in this modern age. It’s so rife with seemingly innocuous things that turn out to be the harbingers of the end times (at that’s what local news stations are telling us). My kid is still at the point in her life that she has no clue what an internet is, much less why that grammar-kerfuffle I just…

Even Though I Do It, I Hate Playing As An Evil Character Even Though I Do It, I Hate Playing As An Evil Character

I have played games like Fallout and Mass Effect over and over. I keep coming back to them, but I can only play as an evil character once.

What Happened to You, Destiny? What Happened to You, Destiny?

I’m not exactly sure when I first started playing Destiny, but it certainly feels like an eternity since I last played.

My Sincere Gratitude for Cowboy Bebop My Sincere Gratitude for Cowboy Bebop

Thank you, Cowboy Bebop.

Motif-vation: Halo - Truth and Reconciliation Suite

It is the arguably the most iconic piece of music that Bungie has produced, and it is the song that comes to mind when I think about the Halo series. Truth and Reconciliation Suite is actually a collections of songs from Halo: Combat Evolved mashed together, but the real gem starts around the 1:50 mark:

Motif-vation: Mass Effect - Vigil's Theme Motif-vation: Mass Effect - Vigil's Theme

Leitmotif: a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.

How Video Games Treat Religion How Video Games Treat Religion

Religion is one of the few topics that people generally don’t want to talk about. It discusses the very nature of being, why we are here, and informs people of their worldviews. To make a game that has religion either as a central narrative component or as game mechanic seems like a fool’s errand, but there have been…

Violent to the Bone: Why Do So Many Video Games Rely on Violence Violent to the Bone: Why Do So Many Video Games Rely on Violence

One of the main obstacles I have when I’m trying to get friends and loved ones into video games is the complaint that they are too violent. Most of my favorite games have some component of violence at its core, like the Fallout series. It has great lore and a highly immersive world, but you kill/maim a lot of things…

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Is Interactive Cinema At Its Best Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Is Interactive Cinema At Its Best

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is what happens when a bunch of Lovecraft nerds get control of a studio and make a game. It has everything, from hideous ghouls to nightmarish elder gods to characters slowly going insane during their adventures. It portrays all of this by expertly using cinematic techniques…

The Best Afterlives in Various Media, Ranked The Best Afterlives in Various Media, Ranked

I’ve always been fascinated by what people think will happen when we shuffle off this mortal coil. The myriad of places that have arisen from various religions, like Heaven, Jannah, Purgatory, Hell, Sheol, Jahannam, Narak, and the seemingly endless amounts of hells in Buddhism all document our attempt to understand…

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