Choice and Consequence in This War Of Mine


Our friend Strummerdood is back with yet another poignant video, this time concerning 11 Bit Studios’ new release, This War Of Mine. Specifically, Mr. Dood is discussing how the game handles player choice and consequence.

As a disclaimer, I should probably mention that the video contains some spoilers. And since I haven’t actually played This War Of Mine, anything that I write will fall under the”commentary on Strummerdood’s video” category.

With that out of the way, here’s the video:

In my opinion this is a perfect jumping off point to discuss the dissection of player choice in video games and compare This War Of Mine’s choice mechanic with other decision-based games. It’s not uncommon to find a game thats praised for “deep morality systems” of its own. Of course, as Strummerdood points out, most of those decisions boiled down to bare bones, black and white options. Players were either “Ghandi or Hitler”.

Without completely rehashing the video, because you should really watch it, I will simply state that Strummerdood has clearly and concisely stated his case. He also makes me want to set aside some time to play This War Of Mine, which will no doubt make me want to have a good cry and reflect a little.

GTA V’s First-Person Mode Makes Me A Little Sad

GTA 5 first personWhen I heard the GTA V re-release would let you play in first-person, it made me go “huh.” I play on consoles, which means I’ve never experienced any mods. And I wasn’t really sure how well it would work.

But I watched the new trailer and quickly became a believer. Then I became jealous, as I have yet to purchase an Xbox One (or a fancy PC or PS4) and will therefore be unable to experience this feature.

I gotta say, though, the driving looks insane, and the combat looks grisly and precise. If I hadn’t been familiar with this game up until now, I would have sworn it was meant to be a first-person shooter. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the graphics and lighting are balls to the wall gorgeous.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check it out for yourself:

Retrovolve Plays NFL QB Club 2002 So You Don’t Have To


Our friends at Retrovolve are obsessed with old school gaming, which isn’t entirely surprising. Old school games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Grim Fandango are widely considered to be some of the best games that the industry has ever seen. But the Retrovolve crew isn’t playing those games. They’re playing games that have never been loved by anyone.

This week, for instance, Andy Reierson played NFL Quarterback Club 2002, a game that’s currently rocking a 67 percent on MetaCritic. The series, which had yearly releases since 1998, never saw another sequel. NFL Quarterback Club 2002 killed the franchise.


Live-Action JRPG Commercials Make Misery Impossible

For the past two days, I’ve had a terrible headache, which has put me in an equally terrible mood. Normally, I’m the sort of person who makes high-pitched noises when I see a new Pokémon or a particularly cute chicken. Today, the best I can muster is a half-hearted grunt.

I’m not a fan of grumping my way through life, so I popped a few Tylenol and took to the Internet. I thought lists about the 90s or pictures of cats might get out my pain-induced funk.

Instead, what cheered me up was live-action JRPG commercials.

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This Wind Waker Remix Hits Me Right In the Heart

Outset IslandBecoming a professional writer has helped deepen my appreciation for video game music. It’s inspiring without being distracting, and keeps me motivated even when writing is the last thing I want to do. I listen to game music on a daily basis, and am always discovering new gems.

The Outset Island theme from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a great song to listen as you’re waking up and figuring out your daily plans. It’s the perfect introduction to a beautiful morning, and makes you feel like your day is off to a solid start. [Read more…]

Retrovolve Reviews Test Drive 4

Test Drive 4In the second episode of a new retro game review series over at Retrovolve, Andy Reierson digs into the PlayStation classic Test Drive 4. During said digging, he uncovers a mine of metaphors that will make you ponder the meaning of life. Or maybe just how much you love toast.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Gameplay Trailer: One Foot In the Grave

Assassin's Creed RogueI love trailers; I can’t get enough of them. The best instantly instill that feeling of “I must have this game as soon as possible.” The worst go as quickly as they came, and leave little trace of ever existing, like a dry fart on a windy day. [Read more…]

Andy Reviews WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

WWF SmackDown! 2You may remember Andy Reierson from our short yet pithy video series on the Ouya. (And if you don’t, you must check that out immediately. The videos are here and here.)

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The Resident Evil Revelations 2 Teaser Trailers Tell Me Nothing

The Resident Evil Revelations 2 is completely devoid of any information pertaining to the game it’s attached to, but it’s a nifty little trailer regardless. It looks cool, and it has a nice flow to it. It reminds me of the first Dead Island trailer.

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In Smash Bros., Shulk Is Kind of a Jerk

Shulk Smash brosI’m a huge fan of Xenoblade Chronicles, and I generally think Shulk is a pretty cool guy. He’s not the most interesting character in the world, but he’s got a charming accent and a kickass sword. In a JRPG, that’s all you really need.

But in his Smash Bros. reveal trailer, he kind of seems like a jerk. [Read more…]