A peculiar magic exists the first time I play a video game. I don't know what's coming next, and when I learn something new -- whether it's how to roll into cover using a new controller set-up or how to defeat a particularly challenging boss -- I feel a spark of triumph. The second time… Continue reading Do Cinematic Games Have Replay Value?
When someone who's not into video games asks me why I like them so much, I say that for me, playing a video game is very much like watching a movie or reading a book. At the end of the day, video games offer entertainment, escapism -- and with the RPGs I like to play,… Continue reading Identity in RPG Video Games: Character Creation (and More)
When it comes to gameplay hours, are some video games too long to beat? When I spend money on a game -- especially when I'm investing $60 for a new one -- I play the game to death. Even the used ones that take 20+ hours like Dragon Age: Origins I play two or three… Continue reading Gameplay Time: How Much Is Too Much?