Books, Games

“The Witcher” Series: Reading vs. Playing

In the 1990's, Andrzej Sapkowski published short stories and novels set in an original fantasy setting. These center on Geralt of Rivia, a witcher who wields magic and hunts monsters. But I played The Witcher video games -- well, the second one, anyway -- before I ever read Sapkowski's books. It's only in recent months that I've… Continue reading “The Witcher” Series: Reading vs. Playing


How Much Freedom Should We Have in RPGs?

In role-playing video games -- my favorite genre -- having lots of freedom often means enjoying a more interesting, personal role-playing experience. Obviously, story and character development are important in RPGs, but freedom -- or maybe something like customization, or more player control over in-game details -- is what defines the RPG genre, in my opinion. Sometimes… Continue reading How Much Freedom Should We Have in RPGs?