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 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…

Pom Pom the Illusionist – part 1: Inspiration

In today’s article I am describing my past experiences with the Elder Scrolls franchise, and the change in approach I am using to create compelling characters and for my playthroughs of Skyrim Special Edition. This is the first of many character articles I will be producing about my own personal character builds in Skyrim; we begin with Pom Pom…

Experimentation: gaining freedom from failure 

Experimentation is a core element of gameplay, it is what gets us from our skillset before a challenging level to what we are capable after completing it.  Failure grants us freedom if we can learn to see failure as we do in games; not as the end but as a new beginning.  Failure is an…