Top

Archive | General Gaming

Chronic Depowering

Along with the Damsel in Distress, the Heroic Sacrifice, and Turret Sequences, the biggest trope in video games is without a doubt the depowering of the protagonist. You start off fully torqued and hit the ground running. Smash this, kill that, all without breaking a sweat. Feels good to be strong. And then it’s all […]

Continue Reading

You Should Probably Play 80 Days

On the route from literature to video games, few seem as poised for the transformation as Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. It’s a classic tale from a classic writer, and all of it points to a classic setup for an interactive interpretation. With a wager setting a hard time limit and an […]

Continue Reading

Shoot For The Moon

Borderlands was a genuine and pleasant surprise. Borderlands 2 was also a jolly good time, even if it was less impactful given it was a second dose of a medicine we’d already grown accustomed to. (I’m indifferent about Claptrap at this point.) Now we have Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and the only thing I can wonder […]

Continue Reading