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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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Cloud Strife: Substitute Hero

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! “Would you say I became a hero?” So ends Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel ...

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Taoist Lessons We Can Learn From Super Mario World

Replaying Super Mario World brings back good memories. This was a simpler time, with little more to the game than pattern recognition. And in its own way, I’ve grown fond of the game because the thought process I use while ...

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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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[SPOILERS] A Link Between Worlds, And The Euthyphro Dilemma

I think enough time has passed since The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has come out such that I can talk about the plot's big reveal (besides, as last week's guest article by Ryan Martin pointed out, author intent on Zelda games ...

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On Whether Or Not There Should Be a Canon Zelda Timeline

There have usually been two solid schools of thought with regard to The Legend of Zelda Timeline: either you believed that the games did, indeed, follow some sort of timeline and that the stories of Link and Zelda were somehow ...

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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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On Sparkle and Random Number Generators

As probably none of you know, I am currently employed as a substitute teacher. During one of my assignments, I had the pleasure of observing first graders play the game Sparkle. As I watched, I realized the game was a ...

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A Brief Overview Of The Many Home Alone Games

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Chalkey's column at Retroware. For more articles on classic era video games, be sure to follow him over at The Cultural Gamer. Big thanks to Retroware for being so supportive! Culturally speaking, the ...

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Ways Gamers Are Spreading Holiday Cheer

For a culture largely engrossed in an activity that seems like solitary staring at a screen and button mashing, the gamer community has a surprisingly large emphasis on the community part. And like any family, there are occasionally some pretty ...