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The Long Dark (**)

Two stars. There are important things we can learn about people from what games they choose to play, and how they choose to play them. It isn’t hard to envision a future in which playing a game to completion is … Continue reading

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Dragon’s Dogma (**)

Two stars. The concept of the ‘underworld’ permeates fantasy roleplaying games, and has since the earliest games as conceived by Dave Arneson. Greg Svenson, one of Arneson’s original players, describes going down into the dungeon under the castle, ‘apparently… abandoned … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Old Republic (**)

Two stars. My first memory of role playing games is a dim and confused afternoon, in the after-school day care, when I was eight years old. The big kids had gotten a new game out of the boardgame cupboard, and … Continue reading

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Dark Souls (***)

Three stars. Pulp Fiction may have been the defining movie of my generation. I saw it in the theater in 1994, which seems like yesterday but it was actually literally a lifetime ago; there are people on the streets right … Continue reading

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Monster Hunter Tri (*)

One star. I am not a big fan of the Bioware single player RPGs. It’s not through lack of trying; the only one I can think of offhand that I haven’t played is Mass Effect 3 (because fuck you, EA, … Continue reading

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The Stanley Parable (**)

Two stars. I love Hellraiser. It’s always stood apart from other stalking-horror teen scream movies of the 1980s, and not just for its heavy emphasis on revolting gore effects. There was something going on in Hellraiser, and to some extent … Continue reading

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Red Dead Redemption (0)

Zero stars. I was, as a kid, very aggressive in my consumption of fantasy novels. There was very little I wouldn’t read, and if there was even the slightest promise of swords n’ sorcery, I was all over that. There … Continue reading

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Gone Home (**)

Two stars. I’ve been avoiding Gone Home, because I wasn’t sure that twenty dollars was a reasonable price for what seemed, from the various descriptions I’d read, like a virtual real-estate agent. ‘Tour this amazing house! See the newly remodeled … Continue reading

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