The Last Jedi and Balance

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are thoroughly discussed here. You’ve been warned . . . Rey doesn’t...

Minding My Manners: Nine Examples of Odd Etiquette Reflected in How I Play Videogames

It’s a surreal sight. I immediately recall Matthew 14:22-33 as I saunter across the gray waters of Moonside Lake...

In The Mood: Game Genres To Play For All Seasons Of Life

When you decide to bank your career aspirations on videogame journalism, the climb to break through with a full-time,...

Valor and Sacrifice in Call of Duty: WWII

In the wake of Veterans Day, I’ve found myself thinking about Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss. Doss was...

Call of Duty: WWII Review

Each Call of Duty since Modern Warfare 2 has put the player in higher positions of power. Whether you’re the unspoken, do-it-all heroes...
A.D.P. (In-Depth), Personal, Reviews

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – A.D.P. Review

My youngest sister has a form of chronic encephalopathy. You could also call it periventricular leukomalacia. It has to do with white matter, which is the tissue between gray matter that bridges the brain’s various regions. When you absorb information, gray matter is essential to storing and making sense of it, but white matter dispenses it across the brain as a connective conduit. Cognition, learning, reasoning – these faculties are dependent on both types of matter, but when it comes…

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A.D.P. (In-Depth), Personal, Reviews

BioShock 2 – A.D.P. Review

“Keep your politics out of my games,” some people will say. There’s no place for promoting ideologies and bashing others in entertainment. Besides, videogames are about escaping reality to shake off the burdens and chaos we sift through in our everyday lives, right? It’s one thing to complain when videogames have controversy for the sake of it, lazy dogmatism, virtue signaling, or toxic writing. It’s another matter if you think politics don’t play a part in their stories and even design…

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Articles, Interviews, Published

An Interview With Cliff Bleszinski

Overwatch’s Summer Games began last week. If you’ve been too busy praying to Jeff Kaplan that you’d be blessed with Mercy’s Winged Victory or McCree’s Lifeguard skin, you might’ve missed the release of LawBreakers. It’s a competitive first-person shooter from Boss Key Productions that’s been in the works for three years, bringing the speed and skill of PC arena shooters to the PlayStation 4. However, its arrival hasn’t produced the bang that you’d expect despite garnering a positive reception, including from our…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

LawBreakers Review

Arena shooters aren’t all that common on consoles. Sure, we’ve had general examples like Unreal Tournament, Team Fortress 2, and DOOM land on PlayStation platforms, but these titles are best experienced and sometimes exclusively made for PC. LawBreakers was going to be no exception with its focus on insanely fast speed and chaotic combat. However, Boss Key Productions made one giant leap “for the players” and has brought its multiplayer first-person shooter to the PlayStation 4. Does it have the pizzaz and profundity to rocket jump…

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Published, Reviews, TechRaptor

Smashbox Arena Review

I know what you’re thinking, so don’t deny it. It’s easy to judge Smashbox Arena right off the bat. It looks like an HD version of Roblox with an artistic direction guided by the philosophy “let’s throw everything generic at the wall and see what happens.” The visuals are a bear to get past that speak for the game’s general quality, but as the old adage goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…well, not entirely. The title suffers from an overall lack of depth…

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Gamechurch, Misc., Published

Embracing Defeat in Pyre

Heavy Rain’s opening sequence subverts our game instincts by giving us a glimpse into the main character’s relationship with his sons Jason and Shaun. It happens to be the former’s birthday today, so you engage in some shenanigans to celebrate. One of these includes a mock sword fight with Jason. Instinct would tell us winning is preferred. True victory, however, is found in relinquishing control to let Jason win. It’s a solitary subversive moment in Heavy Rain, but Pyre adopts this perspective as a core theme that influences…

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Published, Reviews, TechRaptor

Tacoma – Review

There’s an age-old question that game theorists have long thought futile to answer: What is a video game? No one agrees on the exact parameters or qualifications, but it’s still an important debate that challenges our preconceived assumptions about the medium and what can be classified under it. Back in 2013, Fullbright brought this conversation to the forefront of the industry like never before with Gone Home. While opinions widely differ, I think most would agree that the developer brought environmental storytelling…

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