GLHF – pt 4: Respect

GLHF is a series that looks to better understand the dynamics of sportsmanship in video games, today we are taking a look at how manners are being taught and propagated among players, and how respect is shown in competition.  If you like this article please feel free to check out the rest of the series: pt….

Lucky Lark – pt 1: The helpless & the raiders

I have been playing Fallout 4 ever since its release and have become obsessed with creating unique characters, as I tend to do with Bethesda games. Similar to my character builds in Skyrim: Pom Pom the Illusionist, Puck the Prospector,  Sandora the Shieldmaiden, Nicole the Traveling Merchant, & Bael the Thief, my Fallout 4 character builds will be exploring…

What it means to be Lucky in Fallout 4

What it means to be Lucky in Fallout 4 Of all the things one could consider themselves in the Fallout universe, intelligent, strong, agile, enduring, perceptive, and charismatic, the hardest thing to imagine one to be is lucky.  With the destruction of the war and the centuries of nuclear fallout wreaking havoc on the world and its…

Slim Plus S Pro: do we need mid-generation console releases?

Releasing mid-generation updates to existing consoles is nothing new.  Going all the way back to the first home consoles, manufacturers have been releasing updated and slimmed down versions few years after their original release. One of the most notable improvements on silhouette and size came with the transformation from the original Playstation 2 to it’s slim model. However,…

Tow Up, Snow Down: Challenge

Tow to the top In Just Cause 2, I loved finding a powerful helicopter and towing my favorite dune buggy up to a clear mountain pass and riding it down the mountain.  In Just Cause 3 I kept this tradition alive and have made it into a challenge. Tow up, Snow down: Challenge (Just Cause 3) …

To continue or start over: reacting to mistakes

Starting fresh There is something so exhilarating about starting a new game, everything is new, all the choices and cinematics have meaning. The world feels concrete and absolute due to our choices, yet we still wonder how things would be different if we had made a different choice, or gone a different path. Making a mistake and…

Alien Creeps & Castle Creeps: how to properly reskin a game

Tower defense games are a well understood genre of game, the player begins a level with some resources, a few choices in defensive structures to build along a path, and then begins the match.  As enemy march on down the path they must defend, the player gains more resources, upgrading their defenses and laying down…

You decide: what gameplay means to kids

Games are an incredible interactive system for children, in a world where they do not get to make major decisions, games can provide a sense of empowerment and teach responsibility for one’s actions and their consequences. In my article Games: the hobby of making decisions, I discussed how playing games leads to the growth of…

PlunderNauts: boldly going to infinity and beyond

My most recent obsession is a mobile game titled PlunderNauts, it features combat akin to naval battles, however, with the twist of being themed as a sci-fi  pirate mashup.  Its deep customization and fun loot, a la Borderlands, makes each battle a hunt for the next item that will help define the player’s playstyle. Fun take on…

Peaceful Tortoise vs War-hungry Hare: the pace of progress

In my first article about the mobile builder title Forge of Empires, Forge of Empires: progression and maintaining culture, I spoke to the capacity for the game to be played as a game of diplomacy.  In today’s article I will be discussing the lessons the game taught me about why a power would use war and…

Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 2: Practice

I wrote about my inspiration for a traveling merchant character within Skyrim in my character article Nicole the Traveling Merchant – part 1: Inspiration. In today’s article I’m talking about the development of my character Nicole, and the process I went through in defining her playstyle. The dangers of picking flowers As I ventured out into the wilderness with…