Choosing The Illusion of Choice

Choice and consequence have become some of my favorite game mechanics recently. Something resonates within me about the idea of influencing the story. I think this is why I love Telltale Games. My introduction to the genre was with Telltale Games’ Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. Because of my frugalness and refusal to buy […]

Black or White, I Love Hermione Granger

Did you hear? Hermione Granger is black. The announcement of Noma Dumezweni’s upcoming portrayal of Hermione Granger in the stage-play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child happened a few months ago. And the internet blew up for a few days about it. Obviously Emma Watson is white… so, doesn’t that mean Hermione is meant to be white?

Because Not All Love Is Romantic

One of the biggest complaints that I have had about entertainment – in all mediums – is that everything ends with the boy and the girl falling in love. As a child, I protested many Disney Channel shows for the blatant ‘a boy and a girl are best friends and end up in a relationship together’ trope used […]

Final Fantasy VII: Remake Breaking The Limits of Episodic Gaming?

Nothing sparks my passion in game narratives more than episodic game titles. From A Wolf Among Us to Life is Strange, my obsession with this genre dominates my game library and my most recent favorite games list. And, with Square Enix’s announcement that Final Fantasy VII: Remake will be released as a ‘multi-part series,’ I’m confident that what was once […]

Adam’s 2016 Birthday Wishlist

Today marks a special day for me: the anniversary of my birth! Woot! And with today being my birthday and it being the start of a new year, I’m going to start up another string of ‘themed’ posts! So what’s the theme? Looking ahead! For the next two weeks, each member of the Cohort will […]

Eight Great Mates: An LGBT Ship Fest

The holidays always seems to contaminate my mind with images of love. Snuggling by the fireplace, finding that complicated balance of seeing both families in two days, kissing under the mistletoe… Romance flourishes this time of year. With this in mind, I decided that my Cohort Countdown piece would explore the topic of romance. But, have some fun […]

Why Life Is Strange Made Me Cry

It should go without saying that this article is going to be filled with spoilers for Square Enix’s Life is Strange game series. And, before you read more and find out my reasoning, I will also mention that there are spoilers for Legend of Korra and the Kingdom Hearts series. If you have finished most of or any of these series, […]

Satisfying Game Endings

The ending of a story often becomes the ‘make it or break it’ moment of any experience. Unfortunately. Players (or readers or viewers) can go through an epic journey filled with amazing situations and scenarios that tug at heartstrings or resonate with everything in their being… and then dismiss all of their experience because of […]

Why A Horror-Hating Coward is Tempted To Play Until Dawn

Let’s start with two disclaimers. First: Although this article focuses on Supermassive Games’ survival horror game, Until Dawn, I haven’t played a second of it. Second: “The Horror-Hating Coward” mentioned in the article’s title? Yeah, that’s me. I squeeze my eyes shut and cover my ears during horror movie trailers. I couldn’t sleep for about a […]