Author: Aspen

We All Have Fears, Even the Bad Guys.

Realism in Middle-Earth? Now, I’m using realism in a subjective sense, talking about the realism in the diegetic world of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Realism is going beyond just the look of the game. Of course the game is beautiful, the areas of Mordor you can explore have desolate barren wastelands, over run by Uruk scum while other areas are lush and expansive that seem to be teaming with life. Even your character has a unique realistic design. His hair seems greasy and unkempt, as it should in this type of environment. When it rains your clothes become saturated, and are given a unique shine while other objects in game will have the rain bouncing off them as they would in a real world setting.… Read the rest

The Last of Us: Understanding the Final Scene

I think I went into a state of depression after I finished The Last of Us. I didn’t eat for two days. This game, the connection it makes with the gamer; it’s an intense power I didn’t realize a game could have over someone. It’s in that reasoning why I decided to study the final scene in The Last of Us. With a narrative as strong as this, it was hard to choose a different subject matter.  I will analyze the meaning behind the last scene in the game by paralleling it to the last scene in the DLC.… Read the rest

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