Mass Effect Andromeda: Sci-Fi immersion

Realism and humankind in the future Mass Effect is a franchise which examines science fiction with a sincere interest in representing how science and technology can shape culture and inform our understanding of what it means to have a successful and prosperous society in the future.  Mass Effect achieves this by presenting the player with the varied challenges…

Sci-fi game or Sci-fi wrapper: how many “sci-fi games” lack a sci-fi narrative

The magic of science Science fiction is one of my favorite themes within video games.  The tales of science and technology beyond our understanding is fascinating to me.  When speaking of technology and our comprehension of it, British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke famously noted “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”, an adage which…

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…

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…

TerraGenesis: transforming failure into success

Building a world or just passing through? The immersiveness of TerraGenesis comes from the striking change that can be observed from transforming a world through gameplay.  The first moment you notice clouds after building an atmosphere for an entire day in real time.  Spotting water on the planet’s surface, carving out continents after a week of…