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Heavy Rain

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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Academic Work, High Point University

Theory & Criticism of Games – Reading Journal 2

Several entries in this journal are in reaction to essays found in Well Played 3.0, which can be read here. Title: Playing Ico: From Involvement Through Immersion To Investment. Author: Drew Davidson Source: Well Played 3.0 Date: 02/22/14 Ico is one of those esoteric yet unanimously praised titles in the video game industry. Its story premise and gameplay are definitely odd, and I know a lot of people who wouldn’t be interested in the slightest to play the game; they…

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