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'Pokemon Go': Returning Mystery to Video Games

What I like best about Pokemon Go is the rumors and lies.

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From Good to Great: The Music of the 'Legend of Zelda' Series

For a series in which the plots are loosely linked at best and can vary wildly in mood and tone, the music in the series is a great way to create continuity between games and make the player feel like they are playing a Zelda game and no other game.

Erik Kersting
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Exploration is Undermined in 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds'

While playing A Link Between Worlds it becomes very obvious that the quick travel system is supposed to be used to fix other awkwardly implemented systems in the game. So, why should those systems exist in the first place?

Erik Kersting
Games

Where the Heart Is: The Use of Home in Video Games

Home is where we see characters in a state of normalcy. We get to know what the protagonist does between adventures, and for a medium that depends so much on empathizing with the lead character, seeing who they are at home, away from it all, is a significant experience that more developers should consider investigating.

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Searching for the Other Castle: Women As Objectives

Curiously, no matter how fiercely critics react to poor treatment of women, the portrayal of female characters in AAA games seems actually to be getting worse. Women are almost entirely unrepresented, and when they are represented, they exist only as a player objective.

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The Undead Author: Artistic Ownership of Games

If, as Roland Barthes writes, “the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author,” than what happens when the author can return to life?

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You Can't Go Home Again: Why Nintendo Shouldn't Grow Up

You can't go home again. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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Does Silence Speak in the Loudest Voice?: Misconceptions about Silent Protagonists in Video Games

Granted, Link does “hiyah,” “eyah,” and “ahh” his way through all of his post-64-bit adventures, but no amount of elfish interjections can change his status as a silent protagonist. Is a failure to communicate much, a failure to communicate?

Kevin Dickinson
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword marks the point where the Zelda formula finally reaches its expiry date.


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