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Elder Scrolls Video Games Quest Design Critique – Part 3

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To round out our discussion on quest design, let’s talk about narrative, and how an interesting narrative can mask relatively lackluster gameplay. We’ll take a few quests from different games, two from Oblivion,… Continue reading

Elder Scrolls Video Quest Design Critique Part 2

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Let’s talk about quest variety. I do want to reiterate, this is not an issue unique to the Elder Scrolls series, but to most open world games, but the Elder Scrolls series provides… Continue reading

Elder Scrolls Video Games Quest Design Critique – Part 1

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Though some designers seem to think it has the opposite effect. This is the concept I’ve been struggling to articulate for a while, and this topic was triggered by my comparison of the… Continue reading

2018 Is Shaping Up To Be a Really Good Year For Fighting Games

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Fighting games are a community I’ve long existed on the fringe of. I’ve never been hardcore into them, but I float along the periphery of the community, keeping my eye open for any… Continue reading

Dark Souls: Remastered – Two Things That Will Make It Great

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A Remastered Edition of the original Dark Souls is coming to all consoles and PC this summer (May 25 to be exact). While a re-release in itself is exciting, I think two major… Continue reading

How EA Will Probably Murder Bioware Video Games

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It’s no secret that EA has a very cavalier attitude toward the well-being of companies it acquires. It has a habit of riding them hard and putting them away wet, in the worst… Continue reading

Why You Should Avoid College For Game Design

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At least, not as your first degree. I say this having learned this lesson the hard way, and wish to steer others away from that same mistake. Simply put: that degree is worthless… Continue reading

Video Games Fandom Toxicity

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Or “It’s just a game, why you haf to be mad?”. Let me ask a question: What do you gain from being angry while playing a game? This is a serious question. Does… Continue reading

Managing Expectations: The Hype Train Is Bad For You

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We’ve all been there. A trailer, a poster, maybe even just mention of a game’s name or premise gets to us, makes us feel all tingly inside, the words “YES!” ripping out of… Continue reading

Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs Is a Near Perfect Update

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I mentioned in my favorite holiday events article that Kobolds and Catacombs was one of them, and the more I play it the more that opinion solidifies. I started mulling over why that… Continue reading