How genres shape the impact of a game: Roleplaying Narratives

Genres and what a game means to a player The use of genres to identify and categorize the content of different forms of art is nothing new, however the change in genre in games can have a massive impact on the gameplay experience.  The differences and defining points of genres within gaming have grown and…

Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 1: inspiration

This is the fourth of many character articles I will be producing about my own personal character builds in Skyrim; today I’m introducing Nicole the Traveling Merchant. Picking flowers, staying out of trouble (Nicole, gathering alchemy ingredients along her travels) As I was playing through Skyrim I asked my girlfriend what she would be doing in the midst of all…

Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 3: becoming a tank

In my character articles Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration, and Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 2: Practice, I experimented with the shield and the effectiveness of the block skill in combat.   In today’s article I will be talking about how her playstyle has changed and what it looks like now. (Sandora (left) and Uthgerd (right)) Taking…

Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 2: Practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a character based off of being Uthgerd’s follower in my character article Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Sandora, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. Sword and board? I had originally planned on committing to Sandora…

Sandora the Shieldmaiden – part 1: Inspiration

This is the third of many character articles I will be producing about my own personal character builds in Skyrim; today I’m introducing Sandora the Shieldmaiden. Uthgerd’s best friend I have played through the beginning levels of Skyrim countless times, I acquire followers in a fairly regular pattern starting with Faendal or Sven in Riverwood and then switching to…

Puck the Prospector – part 3: a fool for gold

I began my character series with the development of my prospector character in Skyrim, in my character articles Puck the Prospector – part 1: Inspiration, and Puck the Prospector – part 2: Practice.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Puck, and the process I went through in defining his playstyle after having put my theories to test against gameplay. (As…

Puck the Prospector – part 2: practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a character based off of the pickaxe in my character article Puck the Prospector -part 1: Inspiration.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Puck, and the process I went through in defining his playstyle. I began with Puck’s playthrough, feeling liberated after playing with my pacifist character Pom…

Puck the Prospector – part 1: inspiration

As I was wandering through the caves of Skyrim I came across a pickaxe, a common tool used for mining ore.  It can be equipped as a weapon in the game, however, it isn’t seriously considered as a viable weapon.  This along with having very little interest in mining or blacksmithing, I never got into…

The playthrough paradox: why we play games multiple times

What’s in a playthrough? A playthrough is considered starting a fresh game and completing the main objective or at least the critical path of progression.  For some, known as completionists, it is about finishing every single game task before reaching an end condition such as the final boss.  For others playthroughs are simply means of…

Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 3: from fear to courage

I began my character series with the development of my Illusionist character in Skyrim, in my character articles Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 1: Inspiration, and Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 2: Practice.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Pom Pom, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. Different types…

Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 2: Practice

I wrote about my return to Skyrim in my character article Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 1: Inspiration.  In today’s article I expand upon the development of my character Pom Pom, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. Old habits During my initial leveling stages with Pom Pom, I used Fury from the Illusion…