What’s New — February 2018

Happy February everybody! This is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s a special someone’s birthday in my house, and it just makes me feel like the year is ramping up. This month, I’m taking a weekend trip and will be spending a lot of time with family (and…

“The Shape of Water” Review: An Alien Fairytale

Last weekend I went to see Guillermo del Toro’s new film, The Shape of Water. I didn’t know what to expect going into it. Trailers made it look like a slightly spooky story — perhaps a conspiracy tale? — about a mysterious alien creature. That is the basis of the movie, but what the trailers failed to capture…

Why “Batman” Might Be Telltale’s Best Series Yet

This past week I finished the first episode of Telltale Games’ second season of Batman, and I’d argue it’s their best series yet. While I’m personally a big fan of the humor of their Tales from the Borderlands series, Batman has an unforgettable combination of epic action, a twisting storyline, and familiar characters framed in new lights….

Tracking in Open World Games: An Investigation

As open world video games take off, exploration is becoming a huge part of gameplay. The trouble is that it can be hard to pinpoint where the action is happening when there’s such a vast world in front of you. It’s interesting to see how different games handle this via the use of tracking —…

Getting to Know the Witcher in “The Last Wish”

At its heart, The Last Wish is a series of monster stories. The first book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series (which CD Projekt RED’s video games are based on), it’s not so much a novel as a line-up of short stories that depict Geralt of Rivia taking on monster-hunting contracts. It feels like reading dark fairy tales,…