Tag Archives: Video Games

When You’re Bad at a Game You Love

Hyper Light Drifter

During the Steam Summer sale, I bought Hyper Light Drifter. It’s been on my wishlist for quite some time and now seemed as good a time as any to pick it up. It’s a gorgeous game. The art, audio, and animation are just astounding. That might seem extreme, but for me, it checks off all the boxes. The only problem is, I’m pretty bad at the game. In fact, I just rage quit and decided to write this. So what do you do when you love a game, but you just can’t get through it? Continue reading

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Fallout 4 – First Impressions

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If you follow video games at all, you probably know that Fallout 4 came out this week. Tuesday, as a matter of fact. I broke my personal rule with this game and pre-ordered it. There are very few games I’m willing to buy sight unseen, but anything in the vein of Elder Scrolls or Fallout will always get my money up front. Since it just came out Tuesday, I haven’t spent a ton of time with it, but I just wanted to go over a few of the major points and features that have stood out to me so far. This is by no means an exhaustive look at all the new features, it’s just the ones that stood out to me. Also, while I’m going to avoid major spoilers, there will be some small spoilers when it comes to features of the game and some early portions of the game. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Fallout 4. Continue reading

Cradle – Almost Amazing

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I can usually tell when I’m not going to like a game. I know the genres I tend to enjoy and which mechanics I’m not a fan of. I’m sometimes surprised by how much I end up liking a game, but I usually know ahead of time if it’s not going to be my cup of tea. That’s why, playing Cradle was almost worse than playing something I knew I wasn’t going to like. It started off so strong, but I barely forced myself to finish it. If it weren’t for the interesting story and world building, I would have quickly given up on this fascinating game. Continue reading

Tolkien, Escapism, and Video Games

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Growing up, I was always told that video games are bad for you. This was not from my immediate family, but from society as a whole. I was told they turned your brain to mush, made you violent, and kept you from going outside. The worst of all of though was that they made you forget about the real world. People who played video games were seen as just running away from reality. Unfortunately, this is a stigma that has persisted. The truth is, I do play video games to forget about the stresses of reality, and there is nothing wrong with that. Continue reading