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The Weakest Links: The Flaws In Breath Of The Wild

…However, it’s important to remember that games with uncommonly strong, masterful design in some areas can overshadow significant flaws, and that’s okay. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an exceptional example. It’s a game riddled with terrible pacing, a disappointing story, lacking bosses, and rehashed content in the latter half of its campaign, but the core stealth mechanics and gameplay are a peak for the series. As a result, it’s far better than it has any right to be. I’d…

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Metroid: Samus Returns Review

Samus Aran has been in retirement. It’s not only been seven years since her last major game (the controversial Metroid: Other M) but also nearly twice as long since her own 2D platforming title. After the general disaster that surrounded Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Nintendo’s long-winded reluctance to approach the legendary franchise makes a bit of sense, but E3 2017’s announcements of both Metroid Prime 4 and a Metroid II: Return of Samus remake demonstrated that the company is mustering up the confidence to do right by…

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Breath of the Critics: A Qualitative Analysis of Video Game Reviews and How We Should Approach Them

Whether outlying reviews are positive or negative, calling them “real” reviews that go against the grain or “fake” ones that are only seeking attention are wrong ways to perceive them. We need to approach reviews by their content, not just by their score. We should pay more attention to the individual and their record, not wholly judge an outlet. We must be advocates that their opinions are allowed, not censored. Reviews should be judged by their sincerity and quality. This…

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Academic Work, High Point University

Industry Analysis 2

To the Sky, Infinity, and Beyond: The Rise and Influence of Skylanders’ “Toys to Life” Figures If one were to walk up to any child today and ask if they know what Skylanders is, it would be highly improbable to hear, “No,” in return. This juggernaut of a video game franchise is aimed at all young audiences with its combined video game and toy figure lines, boasting staggering statistics with bona fide success. As of mid-2014, Skylanders sold 175 million…

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Academic Work, High Point University

Feature Writing – Tribute Story (Hiroshi Yamauchi)

This is a mock feature story I composed for my Feature Writing class at HPU. The Non-Gamer Who Shaped Video Game History By Joseph Thurmond In the beginning, he managed a company that made playing cards. In the end, he was overseer of one of the greatest video game companies the world will ever know. That company is Nintendo, but you might not know about its surprising history. It started in Kyoto, Japan during 1889 under the guidance of Fusajiro…

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Theory & Criticism of Games – Reviewing the Visuals of Pokémon X and Y

Just as Pokémon has evolved over time with developer Game Freak expanding upon, improving, and perfecting its classic game formula, the visuals of every title have increased in quality as well, adequately showing off the power of Nintendo’s handheld consoles over time. From 1996 to 2012, We’ve played from an overhead perspective with 8-bit, black and white, pixelated graphics to a pseudo-3D perspective with colored graphics that have a higher pixel density, making way for fully animated Pokémon (versus the…

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