The Wolf Among Us: Being big and being bad

In my article The Wolf Among Us: being brave and kind I explored the challenge of sticking to one’s morals when others are in danger, and choosing between results and righteousness.  In my first playthrough of The Wolf Among Us I chose to focus on being diplomatic and kind.  After seeing the results of my choices…

The Wolf Among Us: being brave and kind

In narrative games I typically try to steer more towards being kind and diplomatic, yet The Wolf Among Us makes it clear that being nice is a luxury the player cannot afford via a world with dire consequences for not getting to the truth in time. Its timed dialogue selection sequences force the player to be decisive…

Cause and effect: the Mass Effect trilogy in 17 days

Just a few…more…games… As the last console generation drew to a close, I lamented the transition into the next generation, the cost of a new console, the lack of backwards compatibility, meaning I would need to start an entirely new library with games and franchises not yet proven to have what I so loved about…

The world that he wants: the aftermath of siding with Shaun

*Spoiler alert, this article contains descriptions of the events after completing the main story line in Fallout 4.*    A wandering lab coat My time in the Commonwealth took me in many directions.  To complete my first playthrough I focused on roleplaying as a scientist, curious about the science behind the things I encountered in…

Turtling: the fearful, the arrogant, and the lucky

Within RTS games there is a strategy known as turtling; in which the player builds a formidable base and waits for their opponent’s assault.  The idea is that when the player has survived the onslaught of their opponent’s aggression the player can then easily counter attack while their enemy is busy rebuilding their army.  However,…

The little AI probe that could: persistence in the face of failure

Within games, artificial intelligence opponents can teach us a lot about the folly of human behavior due to our emotions and a spiraling defeatist mindset. The computer only calculates the likelihood of victory, the risks involved, and always keeps their eye on the prize. This determination and commitment to their goal is astounding to observe….

Skyrim Remastered: returning to an awe inspiring open world

With updates to graphical fidelity, performance, visual effects, access to mods, plus all of the original release’s DLC in one package Bethesda is ensuring that the remastered version of Skyrim will be the definitive open world experience. However, the reason it is poised to rock the world all over again is how excellent the game’s…

Games: the hobby of making decisions

Games are understood in society as a diversion, a hobby or a pastime used to entertain people through interaction.  However it is not uncommon for people to view gaming, especially video gaming as a frivolous use of one’s time.  This often comes in the form of a concerned parent voicing their disappointment in their children’s…