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Modern Roguelikes and the Value of Life

I recently beat the game Risk of Rain. It took me about 75 minutes to beat it. That may not seem impressive, especially when the newest world record for beating the original Super Mario Bros. is 4:57.69, but this was not ...

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Beyond 2 Soul Pt. 2: Non-Linearity and Getting Back to the Future

I can't really dance around the bush on this one, so I'll just come right out and say it; Beyond Two Souls is not a good game.  There are many reasons for this, but the one that I found most irksome ...

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Beyond Two Souls pt.1 : Beyond Single Player

Beyond Two Souls represents an interesting entry into David Cage's gameography.  Prior to Heavy Rain, all of is games had incorporated supernatural elements into them.  Heavy Rain, while strange at times, eschewed supernatural themes and largely focused on the mundane ...

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Greed Corp : Subtlety Not for Sale

For the most part, I write about deep meaning in games.  Sometimes this involves analyzing implications of game mechanics on player experience, other times I look at buried meanings in game narratives, but it always involves something deeper than a ...

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Youmacon Panel Report: Mods, User-made Challenges, and Game Meta-analysis

Two of us here at the ACP, myself and Chalkey Horenstein, gave a panel presentation at the Detroit based anime convention Youmacon.  For those of you who were there, thanks so much for coming out.  Despite the fact that our ...

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Citizen Science: How Games Are Being Used to Outsource Science

             Rather than talking about some of the new game releases (that I couldn’t afford), I want to look at a new development in Serious Games, or games that are made for some purpose other ...

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Collective Meta-Narrative: How we wrote the story for inFAMOUS: Second Son

Moral choice systems have been very popular lately. In most cases, these choices span the course of the game, presenting the player with several morally significant game events, and culminate in an endgame choice, where the player's previous actions may ...

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Corporate Greed in Borderlands 2

  A few years ago I took an Intro to Film class.  Obviously, the class included many classic works like George Méliès’ Trip to the Moon, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (one of my personal favorite films), ...

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Spec Ops: The Line and the Ethics of Putting the Controller Down

"72 percent of players who started Heavy Rain finished it".  David Cage seemed very proud of this number when he revealed it at a GDC panel in 2011.  However, as a recent college grad, that number seems dangerously low.  A ...

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A Look Back: Parasite Eve

Editor’s Note: This article was part of a series of April Fools themed articles released on April 1st, 2013. As such, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the author, the ACP staff, or anyone with basic ...