Category: video games

What is the Point of No Man’s Sky? No Man’s Sky is a video game created by Hello Games back in 2016. And although many gamers consider it an action/adventure, or a sandbox game, for me it is primarily a survival and exploration game. Furthermore, No Man’s Sky is a science fiction fan’s dream come […]
Why Do We Love Video Games? Video games are popular and mainstream. Even your grandma is a gamer regardless if she considers herself so. Candy Crush, anyone? But seriously, why do we love video games? In short, they are fun. Moreover, they challenge us and show us worlds we love to go on adventures. Likewise, […]
Everything Changes, Even Gaming Gaming has evolved, for better and worse, but mostly better. As a child, gaming was a niche for kids and teens. Girls, mom, dad, grandma? You would not catch them dead with a controller. These days, gamers are of all ages, more diverse, more inclusive, and the average gamer’s age is […]
What Exactly are We Debating? Recently, there have been several debates about accessibility in video games for disabled gamers. An issue that should be uncontroversial. Disabled gamers are gamers too, no? However, a lot of the debate seems to focus on video game companies making their games too easy for players. Once upon a time […]
A Game or a Novel? When is a video game not a video game? When is a novel not a novel? Short answer: when they marry each other. Interactive fiction is a subgenre of video games, specifically for computers (PC), although a select few have appeared in consoles, particularly portable ones. These games are text-heavy […]
You Are What You Play Do our video game genre preferences reflect our culture? What does it say about us, video game fans? Video games are big business, bigger than films, comics, anime, or books. For example, 2020’s best-selling video game, Call of Duty, sold 25.02 million copies, 4.7 million in its first 24 hours […]
Are Indie Games Still Indie? Once upon a time, indie games were low-budget games created by one person or a small team, using low pixel art and featuring different, even experimental gameplay. How times have changed. Indie games by definition are created by indie developers. Indie as in “independent”, free of corporate mandates and the […]
Mortal Kombat 2021: Flawless? I finally watched Mortal Kombat, the not-a-sequel of the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). This film is a reset for the franchise. A long-anticipated one by fans. Unsurprisingly, there is a huge discrepancy between the review scores by film critics and the audience scores. In brief, critics hated and people liked […]
Fanboys, the Dark Side of Gaming? Fanboys are like the ugly duckling of fandom subculture, and deservedly so. Are there are swans among them? I am sure. But first, what is a fanboy? The term fanboy is used for video game fans who are, depending on who you ask, either loyal and passionate customers or […]
My First Impressions of Cyberpunk 2077 Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world action RPG video game (talk about genre mashup) created by renowned Polish studio CD Projekt Red.  The game is based on a tabletop RPG game called just Cyberpunk. The game was first announced in 2012. Conceptually, if Grand Theft Auto and Deus Ex had […]
January 2023