Author: Meghan Cardwell

Fixed Points and Flexibility: Change and Choice in Life is Strange

If you suddenly had the power to reverse time, would you use it every chance you got, or would you save it for important opportunities? How would you determine which opportunities were important? Better yet, what if you desperately wanted to turn back a certain event, but found out that you couldn’t?

Life is Strange explores these topics and more. The game is, according to Wikipedia, an “episodic interactive drama graphic adventure”. In laymans terms, the game plays out like an episode, of which there are 5, and gives the player the opportunity to interact with the episodes by turning back time at certain events.… Read the rest

“A New Apocalypse”: Juxtapositions Within Sunset Overdrive

When you read the words “post-apocalypse”, or “dystopia”, you probably form a mental image of a gritty, war-torn universe, where the only thing sadder than the environment are the people inside of it. Most games in this genre fit that description, including recent titles like The Last of Us. However, there is one game that breaks free of the stereotype and is still considered a post-apocalyptic shooter.

Sunset Overdrive is a first-person shooter that takes place in a dystopian city, where the consumers of a drink called Overcharge (manufactured by the “Big Brother” company, FizzCo) are turned into grotesque mutants called OD.Read the rest

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