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?
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
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
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
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
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 managed to play over the new week. … Continue reading Games of 2018: GOD OF WAR
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
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?
Ancient mythology doesn’t tell us about whether the gods exist but about the people who believed in them. We tolerate histories that go so far back into the haze of history we shrug our shoulders that kings of old rubbed shoulders with deities. The lines blur between myth and fact: We can point to statues … Continue reading Thoughts So Far – Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Peter Parker’s Spider-Man is a superhero designed to cater for the “Every man”: he’s got little financial security, struggles with rent, isn’t in a long-term secure relationship and has close ties to his family. However, as with many ideas of “every man”, assumptions are ignored: Peter Parker is a white, able-bodied, fit young man and … Continue reading Spider-Man: The mediocre and the magnificent