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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 Bloodborne. I quickly notice Rom, the Vacuous Spider and her arachnid children in the distance, but as I make my way toward them, the scenery gives me pause. I’m inexplicably compelled to run as far as I can in the opposite direction and . . . sit down. A couple of minutes pass as I listen to the eerie echoes…

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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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E.R. (Concise), Personal, Reviews

Final Fantasy XV – E.R. Review

Final Fantasy XV is a weird video game. One moment I was driving down the highway in my luxury vehicle, stopping to refill the tank and stock up on potions and fishing tackles from the roadside convenience store. After coming back outside, I noticed a short hiking trail nearby that seemed like it met with a massive river just under a mile away. Why not see if there’s a fishing spot? I strode down the peaceful path with my friends….

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The Last Guardian – A.D.P. Review (+Video)

Delays are regretful yet reasonable expectations to have of ambitious video games. I recall anxiously anticipating Super Smash Bros. Brawl and roiling in agony each time it was pushed back. However, I had too much time on my hands since I was lamenting over two delays that only lasted three months total. This is nothing compared to others waiting a year or longer for Below, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Rime, or Star Citizen. As of the…

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Hyper Light Drifter – E.R. Review

If you’re meeting a potential client or applying for a pivotal job, you’ve probably had someone tell you there are no second chances for a first impression. It’s one of those canned adages we roll our eyes at, but sometimes the most prominent clichés never lose their relevance. Anyone can tell you that these moments of first contact can change the course of history. An inconsequential one-off could spell the difference between a stranger remaining just that or becoming a…

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – E.R. Review (+Video)

Video games that become cult hits are called that for a reason. They may aim for a narrow audience or be riddled with flaws that can’t be ignored, but they’re saved by excelling in certain areas with innovative, eccentric ideas that rare few games can boast. Deadly Premonition, Catherine, American McGee’s Alice, EarthBound, and even Demon’s Souls are differing examples, with some exhibiting major issues or very little and others being remembered for their unique stories or bizarre yet memorable…

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