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…

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…

Pokemon Go Buddy System: a friend for the road

Pokemon Go just released their much anticipated update which includes the new buddy system.  It allows players to select their favorite Pokemon to serve as their companion when they go on walks.  This takes the walking mechanic used for hatching eggs and applies it to the progression of a selected Pokemon.  This is a boon for…

Rare spawns: treasure hunting in games 

When a player gets immersed in a game world or experience they will spend countless hours exploring its lands and systems. As the player spends time in the game world they become accustomed to discovering new things until they eventually reach a point where they believe they have seen it all. However, there exists an experience…

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…

Traversal: an overlooked mechanic

The navigation of space is used in many games as a method of exploration, as means to an end. With repetitive and simplistic walking animations we have come to expect little from movement as a mechanic. Even in analog games traveling through space is typically simplified to a number generated by the roll of a…

Exploration: curiosity in action

At a very young age it can be observed that children are curious about their surroundings, seeking out what’s behind every curtain and under every stone. At the root of this curiosity is the pursuit of understanding; we yearn to recognize the world around us with its variety of spaces.  Some places are designated playgrounds,…