Decisions - What Kinda Video Game Character do You Play?

Video Game Characters

(NON-)SPOILER NOTE: This post discusses the moral situations of the protagonists of several games without going beyond very general plot outlines (Does the character make seemingly immoral decisions? Do his/her reasons seem good?

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HOLLYWOOD: Why Are There No Good Video Game-Based Movies?

Silent Hill Movie

Why Hasn’t There Been a Great Movie Based on a Video Game?

When I saw the roller-coaster-like movie Gravity, I was surprised to realize that I occasionally felt like I was watching a video game on a giant screen.

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Grand Theft Auto V, A Flawed or a Perfect Game?

Grand Theft Auto V

 

Why Keep the Flawed Masterpiece GTA V So Stupid, When It Could At Least Be Irreverent and Clever?

I recently finished a fifty-five-hour playthrough of Grand Theft Auto V. It is a brilliant achievement. It’s a ridiculously fun game. It’s also a very disappointing game.

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Does Interconnected Game Play Work?

Interconnected Game Play, Zelda

 In the last couple of years, interconnected games in which player actions in one game affect options or situations in another have started to pop up more frequently than usual.

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Rarer than Unicorns: Escort Missions That Deserve Saving

The Last of Us

As I discuss in a related post [here], escort missions are usually terrible, bringing otherwise fun games to a screeching halt with shoddy mechanics, annoying characters, and terrible AI.

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Bioshock Infinite vs The Last of Us: A Look Back Part 2

BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us

Note: spoilers for the two games being discussed are all over this article.

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Bioshock Infinite vs The Last of Us: A Look Back Part 1

BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us

Note: spoilers for the two games being discussed are all over this article.

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What is your thought, do video games have Spoilers?

 Video Game Spoilers, Stories

Can Gameplay Have Spoilers Like Stories Can?

NOTE: This post contains story and/or gameplay spoilers for the following games: Final Fantasy VII, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, The Walking Dead (Telltale Games version), Mass Effect (1), Heavy Rain, Spec Ops: The Line, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Infamous 2, and Mass Effect 3.

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BioShock 1 Versus BioShock Infinite, Which One Wins?

BioShock, BioShock Infinite

Just finished a re-play of BioShock Infinite the other day. There are so many reviews and gamers calling BioShock Infinite one of the best games every made for the PS3.

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Can Halo Add Interesting In-Game Narratives to Its Gameplay?

Halo Multi-Player Games

 Should Halo Expanded it's giant Universe going forward? Or Not?

I never owned an Xbox system until I bought a 360 in Fall 2011. So I was almost exactly ten years late to the Halo party when I fired up a hand-me-down copy of Halo 2 that fall. Halo 2 was showing its age by that point, of course, but it still made an impression in a couple of ways.

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Are Video Game Sequels, For Better or Worse?

Gaming Sequels

Balancing the Old and the New in Game Sequels

I started playing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for GBA yesterday, and while on the Fire Emblem Wiki I glanced over the summary of the game’s reception, which went something like this:

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Hell No, Videogames can't make me be a Racist or a Sexist!

Racist Video Games

In another post, I argued that videogames (like all expressive media) influence the world but that, cumulatively, their influence is more likely to be positive than negative because games can show us new. 

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Who Killed Grand Theft Auto IV, and Got away with It?

Grand Theft Auto IV

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XCOM'S Story Works Perfect in Video Games

Video Game Story Xcom

Dive into XCOM’s Compelling Video Game Story

            Partway through XCOM: Enemy Within (the expanded version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown), I realized that its video game story would never work in a movie.

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