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What Does it Truly Mean to Be an RPG

What’s that sound? It’s your favorite childhood video game coming out to play! Normally with ongoing franchises like Kingdom Hearts, players immediately launch into their favorite game, what they like about the story (if they can actually decipher it), and what their opinions are on gameplay and overall effect. Here though, we are going to take a step back from out old obsession and look at from a different perspective, and a different topic. Let’s question if the game we have been playing since we were nine is really what we think we’ve been playing.

The Kingdom Hearts franchise has been a household name in console games for many years.… Read the rest

What’s a Battle Without Death?

You’re deep in the trenches of a fierce battle in a war with no end in sight. Several of your party members are low on health and beginning to become cornered by looming enemies. Between a swing of an ax and several fierce magic spells, your FAVORITE character finally succumbs to the enemy’s onslaught. By your own miscalculations you just killed your most cherished character. Now they are not only no longer a member of your party, they are also virtually dead for the remainder of your game. Gone. Adios. Buh-bye.

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This may be a familiar scene if you’ve ever played the tactical role-play and turn-based strategy game series, Fire Emblem- famous for it’s permanent character death rule.… Read the rest

A Game of Furry Animals and Dice Rolls

 

When one thinks of tabletop roleplaying games, they think of a bunch of nerds sitting around a table with pads and pens, rolling dice on the surface and having a game master read to you what happens next. However, with modern society put emphasis on technology and online gaming, it’s not really surprising that more of these games are becoming more technologically advanced. There are websites such as Roll20 which allows people to get together online and play a campaign complete with a detailed map and GM, and there are more classic styles with a new twist: boards games that have a digital map and features.Read the rest

Households Achieving Lifetime Wishes: How The Sims Could Be Considered a RPG

The Thing About Genre

Video game genres say a lot about a game. It’s more than just what kind of story you’re in for, but also the expectations for how you’ll interact with the game and what the goals might be. But sometimes the qualifiers we use to put media into categories like genre can be more inclusive than we expect. I’ve never held an interest in RPGs nor really paid them any mind until we discussed them in class. As we listed off their qualifiers, such as customization, playing as a party, roles & classes, et cetera, I began to realize that in many ways playing The Sims games is pretty much like playing a RPG.… Read the rest

Assassins and Templars: Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed takes you on a trip across many different lifetimes and many different places. From the Holy Land to the American Colonies, Assassin’s Creed doesn’t skimp on vivid locale and scenery. However, once you get past the beautiful background and historically significant locations, an engaging plot catches your attention. A centuries old battle between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order is the reoccurring theme throughout each of the games. Both strive for the perfect world but each want to obtain and maintain it through significantly different ways. The Templars want a perfect, utopia, one ruled by order and severe control.… Read the rest

Let’s Set the Score Straight

Since video games have become commonplace in today’s society, their influence has grown in ways that may seem unexpected.  When we look back at some of the very first video games and compare them to the games we see in stores today, it seems like we followed some natural progression to get where we are, and I would have to completely agree; stories have become more in depth and intricate, graphics have almost reached the realism many FPSs aim for, and the sounds! Voice acting, effects, and, yes this is what I’ve been setting up, music has become exceptional… so much so in fact, that video game music seems to have gained an unprecedented-in-video-game-communities following, which is that of non-gamers. … Read the rest

Smite: the Godliest of Games

We are no strangers to having mythology in our media in movies, books and especially games. However media mostly shows Greek, Roman, and thanks to the Thor series Norse gods, but not much love for other mythos. I can flip through channels and see twenty Hades before I see one Nu Wa. Although these gods usually do not get accurate representation of their original stories, like this video about Hade over film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c51pwfaBrM.

Here comes Smite a game that is a mythology geek’s dream come true. Smite is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) where the main characters are literal gods and some very famous monsters such as Arachne.… Read the rest

Stanley Parable: The Narrator is God

The Stanley Parable is an interactive choice based story game developed by Davey Wreden in 2011 as a modification. The game was later remade under a newly produced development team called Galactic Café. The team included Davey Wreden and William Pugh. The game is from the first person perspective of a character named Stanley. Stanley works in an office setting as a button pusher. One day, the button commands stop. A narrator begins to speak and tells Stanley that all office workers are now gone. Stanley is then lead to follow the narrator’s directions as he makes choices throughout the game.… 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

The Pains of Being New to League of Legends

Imagine what it feels like to fall into a pit.  Like one of those poorly hidden ones you see in movies, where a blanket of leaves and twigs covers the entrance and you are too stupid to see the difference in foliage.  You fall down maybe twenty feet, and red clay surrounds you.  There is nothing to hold on to, nothing to boost you up.  You scratch helplessly at the walls and get dirt in your eyes.  This is what it feels like to be a new player in League of Legends.

I started playing this wretched game about two and half months ago. … Read the rest