Things Games Teach Us: Dark Souls and Resolve

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Walk into my suite on any recent given evening and you’ll be greeted by a wonderful chorus of profanity. My suitemates and I are in the throes of the Dark Souls franchise, with them working through Bloodborne and myself playing Dark Souls for the first time. They’re veterans so they know the ropes. I, however, am not faring quite as well. It took me nearly 50 hours just to get to the 5th boss and I’m only now getting the hang of it. Still, I’m determined to prevail. Suffice to say that when I finally slaughter whatever unholy critter waits for me as the final boss, it will be my crowning achievement in gaming. And to think, some people play this shit using only their fists without ever dying.

I’m a big believer in critical analysis of media, including videogames, and in the 60 tota...

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The Insert Additional Coins Grading System – 9.13.16

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Over the past few months I’ve been putting some thought into my reviews and how they should be formatted. Every brilliant game blogger needs a system, right? I’ve tried all manner of grading systems in the past but I’ve settled on something relatively simple. In my mind, games can’t be summarized with specific grade letters or numbers. This is why my reviews will be handled differently, utilizing a system that makes more sense to me. Generally, all the games that I’ve played have fallen somewhere under one of these four categories. Here they are:a3oT+f+P8AWrkS88FKFRMAAAAASUVORK5CYII=

Legendary

At the very top of the ladder are games worthy enough to be deemed “Legendary”. This here is unicorn territory and for a game to be considered “Legendary”, it’s gotta knock my damn socks off. For instance: The Witcher 3: Wild HuntTh...

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Sherlock Holmes and the Abominable Episode – 1.14.15

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If you’re a fan of Sherlock, you likely know that a holiday special was aired on January 1st, 2015 and it was something the entire fandom had awaited for with baited breath. The producers somehow figured one episode would tide fans over until freaking 2017. However, this episode was supposed to be special, set in the 1800’s. At first glance, the episode follows some alternative timeline where Holmes and Watson take down mysteries in Victorian era London, a hearkening to the setting of the original books.

If you’re worried about spoilers, I you recommend stop reading after this paragraph. Unfortunately, you may be better off if I just gave you a summary of the episode instead of choosing to spend two valuable hours of your life watching it...

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Five Favorite Things of 2015

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Well boys and girls, 2015 is officially over which means it’s time for  reminiscing. 2015 was an eventful year, featuring some both terrible and fantastic games, the revitalization of Star Wars with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and a crisis over Nintendo’s 12$ plastic collectible Amiibos. Naturally, I decided to make a list of my five favorite things that were born this year. Though I may make a separate list of my 5 favorite games from 2015, I tried to diversify this list, picking a wide selection of nominees. In no particular order, here are my five favorite things given to us by 2015.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Before Wild Hunt was released, I really did intend to play the Witcher games...

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Symphony of the Goddesses is a Legendary Time – 10.12.15

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What did you do last weekend? Because I probably had the coolest weekend ever. Roughly a week and a half ago I decided to purchase spur-of-the-moment tickets to The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses in Chicago, snag the cheapest plane ticket I could find, and planned on flying out to Chicago on Thursday, October 1st. Later that night, I was in Chicago’s own Auditorium Theatre listening to some pretty damn majestic Legend of Zelda music.

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My pictures turned out terribly so I turned to Google for an example of what the show looked like, although the one I attended was much larger.

The symphony was structured so that each movement was comprised of the musical highlights of each game. For example, my personal favorite, Movement 2, was The Wind Waker and among other pieces,  it fe...

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Houston, We Have Closure – 7.15.2015

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This is a pretty good representation of what my backlogged Steam Library looks like.

From the back of my shelves they watch me. From the gray corners of my Steam library they silently judge me. All the games I’ve purchased whilst fooling myself into believing that I’d actually play them. Among my unbeaten games are XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Bioshock 2, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I know I’m not the only that has amassed such a graveyard of unfinished games either. We all have that backlog, compiled of games we bought on impulse, likely during the Steam Summer Sale. Some of them never honestly planned on playing and others are titles we just never really got around to completing...

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – First Impressions – 6.14.2015

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This game is mind-boggling good. It’s not often that I dish out such high praise but truly, The Witcher 3 is incredible. I deliberately picked it up a few weeks after it’s release; I’ve had mixed experiences with the Witcher series, finding the first to be so-so and greatly enjoying the second. So, I waited for the first reviews to trickle in. 

  I’d heard the praises about the versatile story as well the praises about the superb world, ripe for exploring yet I still remained skeptical. To be totally frank, many games claim to have a versatile, “up-to-you” story but many actually don’t. Sure, we’ve seen games like Mass Effect that offer a few various possible story arcs, but rarely does the gameplay plot greatly vary depending on your decisions. Even The Walking Dead, renowned f...

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My Humble Opinion on the “Amiibogeddon” – 5.24.2015

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Oh Nintendo…

To quote a particularly  insightful porcupine, “Nintendo is a weird dichotomy of a company. It does what it wants, yet aims to please.” I must say wholly concur, as evident by Nintendo offering up MewTwo/Lucas/Roy/Ryu and the Fighter Ballot for Smash 4, features fans have clamored for since release, while also playing the hopelessly oblivious parent in regards to the so-called “Amiibogeddon”.16099341577_12a4abedf7_o

One Crisis After Another

After the Wii U/GameCube Adapter shortage dilemma, one may have been inclined to assume that Nintendo would tak    e measures to learn from their mistakes. Perhaps their executives would enroll in a few Econ. 101 courses, learn the rudimentary rules of supply and demand, and from there on out, produce the proper amount of such a highly demanded product...

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Zelda U – Hopes and Trepidations – 3.9.2015

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Steampunk Victorian London meets King Arthur? I’m in! When revealed at E3 in 2013, Sony’s The Order: 1886’s premise and graphics seemed like it would make for a potent combination and for the next two years, hype for The Order grew at an exponential rate. The Order: 1886 was supposed to be the PS4’s finest exclusive, the primary motivator for buying the system. Unfortunately, a short length, average story, and mediocre gameplay makes for a beautiful disappointment that is definitely not worth the $60 price tag. The Order isn’t the only offender that failed to live up the hype; games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Destiny also left players feeling like developers didn’t fulfill their promises. Such is the dangerous nature of the hype train...

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Hatred Game – Shock Value? Sure. Bannable? Probably Not. – 11.5.2014

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Recently, a studio by the name of Destructive Creations released a trailer for their “Rampage”-esque game called Hatred and boy oh boy did it trigger a shitstorm. The reason? The trailer details an unknown psychopath, the protagonist, that has become sick of pretty much everyone in the entire world and has taken it upon himself to become judge, jury, and executioner for everybody. And then the gameplay starts. The premise is to basically kill as many people as you can, innocent or otherwise, before apparently being gunned down in the gloriously violent death the protagonist so greatly desires. Naturally, some people got pretty upset. Many outraged critics and  viewers propose that the game be shut down and sealed away, banned from being placed on shelves...

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