Ever since I played the first episode of Telltale Games’ Batman series last summer I haven’t played a Telltale game since. On the one hand, I love Batman and when I heard Telltale was going to tackle his beloved narrative I was excited. But soon after starting up the first episode I was reminded of why Telltale’s formula is growing so stale. On a technical level, even Telltale’s new engine can’t stop the stuttering frame rate, janky character models and wonky audio from constantly pulling me out of the experience. At this point the abysmal performance of Telltale Games is well catalogued since the runaway success of The Walking Dead Season One. While I’m always reminded by people online that I’m playing for the story and the characters, at this point with what PS4, Xbox One and PC are capable of there’s simply no excuse for such poor performance. Continue reading →
Shakespeare’s Othello is one of the earliest and most successful plays starring a character of colour in the history of Western theatre. It’s a tragic tale of one man’s love for a woman who is prohibited from returning his love based on their different skin colour. It’s also one of the earliest and most famous examples of blackface, as this most famous character of colour was not played by a black man but a white man, wearing black make up. Continue reading →
Obvious Spoilers for the tagged games!
Death is everywhere in video games. The body count of the typical Whitey McStubbly character is in the thousands. IGN estimates that Nathan Drake of the Uncharted games has killed just under 2,000 people in his three hit PS3 games, not even counting Golden Abyss. Death is taken for granted in video games. That’s why when one comes around that has an impact on you it’s special. We’ve all witnessed one. We’ve seen a comrade, a villain or Continue reading →
Video game characters are meaningful to me for several reasons. They are the vessel through which I experience a story. They are a developed and thoughtful, providing me with a fresh exploration of the human condition. They are nostalgic, reminding me of a previous time in my life. One or more of all of these reasons apply to each character on my list. I hope you enjoy! Continue reading →
As an avid consumer of games media and someone who checks three or four games news sites a day I rarely come across a game I don’t know anything about. So it’s very special when I do hop into a game with no idea of what I’m about to play and end up absolutely loving it. It’s something that rarely happens nowadays with leaks and spoilers plaguing every part of the internet waiting to ruin an experience for you. So I decided to make a list of the games that weren’t spoiled for me or I didn’t go into with expectations of loving them. Continue reading →