Patchwork

For the last few months, I engaged in a ritual where the results were always the same; I popped in Battlefield 4 and played a handful of matches before it crashed my PS4, abandoned the experience I earned or randomly booted me out. I’d abandon my session out of frustration, but I always felt compelled …

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More Than Friends

Interactivity lends as much challenge to the art of storytelling as it does engagement. Games have the unique ability to make the players feel like they’re part of the narrative, but the distractions of gameplay often mean that conveying more complex ideas is a challenge. Cutscenes can carry these concepts, but many players resent having …

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Early Impressions: Dark Souls 2

Defeat is the greatest teacher, and in Dark Souls you learn a lot. The infamously hard action RPG has changed the way people think about difficulty, inspiring folks who never appreciated it before to seek real challenge in their games. With its passionate fans and impressive (especially considering its niche) sales, Dark Souls can absolutely …

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Overscan: Not Everything is Worth Saving

Overscan is a chance for one of our writers to throw in their two cents on a topic the other has recently written about. Trying to propose ideas for Ben’s save article yesterday was interesting, because I proved fairly useless- my ideas for where to take the article were not things he felt strongly about, …

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Not Everything is Worth Saving

As the last home console to bother with cartridges, the Nintendo 64 was an odd beast. The games that everyone fondly remembers (Ocarina of Time, Smash Bros., Super Mario 64, etc.) usually kept storage space on the cart, ensuring that nothing else was required in order to play. Unfortunately, not every publisher saw fit to …

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Review: Spelunky

“Why?” is the obvious question. “Seven months after release, with so many articles and streams of it, world records set and fans made, why write a review of Spelunky HD now?” There’s been no shortage of people offering their opinion of this title, from internet personalities like Idle Thumbs’ Chris Remo espousing its virtues on …

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The True(st) Self

I’ve made no secret of my appreciation for Giant Bomb. Not every site can be run on the merits of a cult of personality, but the Bombadiers use their charm surplus to great effect. Their podcasts are a special pleasure of mine- weekly podcasts are great for my half-hour walk to and from work, and …

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The Raven: Legacy of an Awful Twist

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE SPOILS THE PLOT OF THE RAVEN: LEGACY OF A MASTER THIEF. DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU. When it comes to plot, I’ve always felt that the journey is far more important than the destination. It was tempting to toss Mass Effect 3 into the bin when it ended with a multiple …

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