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Fallout 4: When A Game Should Just Be DLC Fallout 4: When A Game Should Just Be DLC

The Fallout series has always been interested in creating a space for players to explore what they would do in a post-apocalyptic scenario. Would they build up communities, or blow them up? Fallout 4 is a departure for the series, though, as it is mainly focuses on mechanics and combat, rather than story and…

Fallout 3: A Game Of Moments Fallout 3: A Game Of Moments

With the third installment of Fallout, Bethesda, who picked up the rights to the games from Interplay, made significant changes. The most noticeable ones were the introductions of a single, vast 3D environment and real-time combat. From a narrative point of view, though, the biggest alteration was the shift to…

Fallout 2, Or How To Make A Post-Apocalyptic World Fun Fallout 2, Or How To Make A Post-Apocalyptic World Fun

Previously, I went over what made the first Fallout game so good and how it separated itself from other RPGs. This time, I’m going over why Fallout 2 took everything from the original and gave the series its distinctive sense of humor.

Fallout, Or How To Make A Post-Apocalyptic World Fallout, Or How To Make A Post-Apocalyptic World

Those of you who read most of my posts here are probably well-aware of my love/possibly unhealthy obsession with the Fallout series. How did this rich, retro-futuristic hellscape become my preferred locale to relax in? Let’s go back to the beginning to find out.

Knights of the Old Republic II: When A Sequel Surpasses The Original Knights of the Old Republic II: When A Sequel Surpasses The Original

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords (KotOR II), outside being the game with most colons in its title, is one of the best games I’ve ever played. Were there multiple issues, like bugs upon bugs and so much cut content that you could’ve made a separate game from it? Yep, but at its heart was an…

Mass Effect Revolutionized The Way Conversations Are Done, For Better And For Worse Mass Effect Revolutionized The Way Conversations Are Done, For Better And For Worse

When I think of the first instance of a truly cinematic game, I think of Mass Effect. Sure, there were others that set up environments to maximize the narrative impact of a given scene, but Mass Effect managed to incorporate a more cinematic approach to in-game conversations. Its impact on this aspect of games has…

One For The Road: Best Vacation Games One For The Road: Best Vacation Games

When I went on road trips as a kid, if a book on tape wasn’t being played or if my family wanted a little quiet time, I would whip out the ol’ Game Boy and button mash away. Being a parent and a driver this time around, I didn’t play anything, but it reminded me of those days spent in the backseat trying to keep…

Modern Songs That Could Go In Fallout: New Vegas Modern Songs That Could Go In Fallout: New Vegas

A while back, I made an article that dealt with the idea of replacing soundtracks of video games with albums that fit their themes (at least they did in my head). Here, I want to focus on one game, Fallout: New Vegas, add a few individual songs to it. They may not be tunes from the 1950's or earlier, but they…

I'm An Old Man, And I Miss Arcades I'm An Old Man, And I Miss Arcades

I just came back from a vacation to the beach, and it was everything I could’ve asked for. Sand, waves, and sunshine were abundant, but there was something else there that I’ve been missing for ages: A good, old fashioned arcade.

Challenge Update - My Greatest Enemy: Missing Words Challenge Update - My Greatest Enemy: Missing Words

As many of you have been writing about the SixTAY Days of Writing Challenge, a lot of things get to us. Sometimes, we barely have any time to write a sentence, much less an article. Other times, we have so much going on in our lives, we adopt a stream of consciousness style to get everything out. What’s getting to me…

How The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past Made My Best Man Speech Work How The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past Made My Best Man Speech Work

I don’t usually speak in front of large crowds, but when I do, I talk about video games from my childhood.

Father’s Day Post, Almost A Dad, er, Day Late Father’s Day Post, Almost A Dad, er, Day Late

As another Father’s Day comes to an end, I want to reflect on my dad’s impact on my enjoyment of games. He isn’t much of a “gamer” in that he doesn’t play video games. While that’s not his thing, he does play a good deal of board games.

Motif-vation: Street Fighter 2: Guile's Theme

Ah yes, the song that launched a thousand memes. Unlike many other sources of viral content, though, it is a legitimately great tune.

Actually, Fable Is A Great Game Actually, Fable Is A Great Game

A while back, I was harping on why Peter Molyneux ruined his own game by over-hyping it, so much so that when players finally got their hands on it, they were disappointed by the final result. This botched bit PR work, though, should not take away from the fact that Fable really is a great game.

Mass Effect And How To Introduce A Massive In-Game Universe Mass Effect And How To Introduce A Massive In-Game Universe

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Mass Effect series is how it handled its universe’s enormous backstory. BioWare did an amazing job of incorporating an appropriate amount of lore into gameplay while leaving the rest of it - all of it, really - in an easily accessible codex.

Gaming As A Parent Is A Heck Of Thing Gaming As A Parent Is A Heck Of Thing

In my college days, I could spend a free afternoon playing for hours on end. As a single man, I had a few nights after work where I would play into the wee hours. Now that I’m married and have a child, that kind of play schedule is no longer a thing, but I try to strike a healthy balance between family and personal…

I'm An Old Man, And eSports Aren't My Thing I'm An Old Man, And eSports Aren't My Thing

Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate great talent in any aspect of life. There are times when I genuinely enjoy watching a video game match. But there’s something onerous about the current crop of eSports games that saps away my interest in them.

Fallout: 76 Is Not Really A Fallout Game, And That's OK Fallout: 76 Is Not Really A Fallout Game, And That's OK

At Bethesda’s E3 showcase last night, we finally got a better look at the upcoming Fallout: 76, and it’s not like any previous Fallout game. For many, that maybe a let down, but gratefully, that means it doesn’t have a monumental amount of expectations to live up to.

Anthem Looks Like Destiny, But Even Less Coherent Anthem Looks Like Destiny, But Even Less Coherent

I read Kotaku’s write-up on Anthem’s E3 showcase, and while it absolutely looks gorgeous, there is a lot that concerns me.

Why Is The Last Part Of A Trilogy So Bad? Why Is The Last Part Of A Trilogy So Bad?

Whether it is a game, a movie, or a novel, various forms of entertainment tend to end on a whimper instead of a roar. Why is that?

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