CONTENT WARNING: Graphic images and/or scenarios will be either posted or mentioned within this blog post. This post mentions certain games that may not sit well for people of a certain mind set.
THEMES IN GAMES EXPLORED:
- Mass Murder
FINAL WARNING – Please remember that the following games can be very shocking and very offensive.
TellTale Games is a company famous for their episodic games that have heavy emphasis on moralistic – and usually extremely difficult – decisions that the player must make. Probably the most widely recognizable game that TellTale made that follows this formula, and likely pioneered the formula, is the Walking Dead series.
Before you ask, yes, the name Ophelia being associated with drowning is clearly a reference to Hamlet, and where might this take place, you might ask? None other than Double Fine’s 2009 ode to metal music, Brutal Legend.
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When it comes to works of fiction, video games or otherwise, one of the most important things to consider is the genre. Videogames are a type of literature that have two distinct genres. One genre, the story genre, classifies the general tropes the game may follow; the second genre, gameplay, is denotative of how a player interacts with the game itself. These factors are both important when looking at a video game. It is also important to note how well these genres blend, for instance, Action and Adventure story lines tend to work well with Platformers and RPGs. The 2015 game Rise of the Tomb Raider is the game I’ll be looking at to discern the genre of the plot and gameplay.
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As any college student knows, it’s very hard to come up with a good introduction, and oftentimes they tend to fall flat. Video games are no different. Some games, however, manage to set up the introduction in an engaging and interesting manner. One game that manages to effectively create an introduction for the rest of the events in the game, is Dragon Age: Origins.
Mortal Kombat X, while having very little gameplay without brutal fighting, has a full cast of characters that interact with each other in different ways. There’s a clear outline of who is who, and a definite monomythic plotline. Although the gameplay puts different characters into the position of the playable character, the plot keeps the same cast of characters in the same roles throughout the game.
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When first I started the game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, I was expecting a feel-good adventure-oriented game. For some reason, I was also expecting the traditional platformer set-up. I could not have been more wrong in that assessment. As it turns out, Brothers is an emotional roller-coaster that tugs at both the heartstrings and the tear ducts.
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Psychonauts is an interesting concept in general. It’s a video game about a camp for psychically gifted children. These children are then suddenly appearing brainless, and the goal of the game is to figure out what’s happening to them. The player character is named Razputin, and throughout the game he encounters a number of very trying challenges that he must overcome, including a number of external and internal obstacles.
The Final Fantasy series is a popular game series both here in the western world and in Japan. As a series, it has become a staple of gaming, and somehow I’ve managed to go my entire gaming career without ever even watching so much as a play through of a single Final Fantasy game. Today, I hope to explore the thoughts I’ve had about the most recent part of the franchise, Final Fantasy Fifteen.