Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1

PLATFORM: Playstation 4 TYPE: Third-person, action-RPG, open-world. ~ What do you call an outlaw in a world with no laws? What is there to rebel against, to detach yourself from, when all the world’s anchors have become mangled by an apocalypse? These are some of the considerations I wondered playing as biker gang member Deacon … Continue reading Days Gone: Spoiler-Free Review Part 1

You cheated the game

Content warning: Harassment, threats. I've been writing online for many years. My initial focus primarily centred on issues of ethics, since it was what I studied and taught at the time. It gave me an excuse to tackles issues I found interesting, while improving my writing ability. The themes I chose were considered "controversial" outside … Continue reading You cheated the game

Difficulty Isn’t Personality: From Software Games Can Be Better than This?

The conversation surrounding From Software’s “Soulsborne” genre is one of the strangest in gaming culture: Should it have an “easy” mode? Is it “too hard”? Are people suckered into thinking their games are good, when it might be a kind of self-delusion to justify spending hours on menial tasks to overcome unnecessarily powerful enemies? I … Continue reading Difficulty Isn’t Personality: From Software Games Can Be Better than This?

Far Cry: New Dawn – a Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEzinZ-v9x4 The idea of the world ending, of everything beginning anew, is one of the most morbidly universal themes of our species. Cultures throughout history, across the world, have myths and stories telling of a time when the powers that be grew hateful of us lowly creatures and wiped the slate clean. In the case … Continue reading Far Cry: New Dawn – a Review

Thoughts on Resident Evil 2 Remake

It was a many years ago when I first stepped into the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. But, if there's one thing 2018 and 2019 has taught us, it's that the past does not stay dead and will come shambling back in all its horrifying glory. Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 2 … Continue reading Thoughts on Resident Evil 2 Remake

On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy

In Red Dead Online (RD:O), players who take on the role of black characters find themselves the frequent target of racial slurs. This is hardly news to most of us. The toxicity of the gaming community is nothing of not notorious; a known gateway drug to more noxious forms of bigotry. Gamers either dive headfirst … Continue reading On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy

Games of the Year: Red Dead Redemption 2

Due to my path to becoming Chief Justice of the Feminist Marxist Homeland (i.e. law school) so that I can ban videogames, I have not had the opportunity or funds to play All The Games. Therefore, instead of “best” games, I’m going to talk about the ones I’ve played. It’s a list. The internet, I … Continue reading Games of the Year: Red Dead Redemption 2

The meaning of death and Red Dead Redemption 2

Major spoilers for Red Dead Redemption 2 up to the Epilogue Part 1. Video games are nothing if not weird. They love to tell us our playable character has “died” when the character’s life-bar has depleted, whereas the characters are just temporarily unavailable until we reload a checkpoint or saved game. Most of the time, … Continue reading The meaning of death and Red Dead Redemption 2

Should games get lower review scores for poor labour practices?

Simply: Yes. I don't review games with scores or numbers, but it seems strange to assert criticism  should be looked at in isolation from the energy that went into it. Whatever aspect of a game you're engaged with, someone created it. While of course love and passion were no doubt part of the reason it … Continue reading Should games get lower review scores for poor labour practices?