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Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games

I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer.

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Style is Substance in 'Ni no Kuni'

In my head I kept comparing Ni no Kuni to Xenoblade Chronicles, but they evoke their sense of adventure in two very different ways. Instead, the way that Ni no Kuni uses its world rather than its story to evoke adventure means it actually has more in common with Skyrim than a JRPG.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Who Do You Not Want to Be?

Video games allow us to take on roles of people that we could never be. What happens when those people are people we would never want to be?

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Evil Can Be Cute: The Morality of 'Warp'

I acted like a monster, and the world treated me as one. Why was this surprising?

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The Advantages of Playing 'Skyrim' at Your Own Pace

After playing Skyrim for 90 hours, I saw something that blew my mind, and I suspect that I only had this reaction because it took me 90 hours to get there.

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Get Rid of the Mini-map

If I'm looking at a mini-map instead of the world around me, it's not actually helping.

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Post-It Note Role-Playing, or the White-Collar Warriors of 'Skyrim'

Skyrim most often seems to me like a fantasy veneer spread over the most boring occupation that I can think of, managing and prioritizing tasks at an office.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Exploring Open Worlds

The Moving Pixels podcast talks about what the open world genre means to the last decade in gaming and what kinds of worlds most compel players to explore them.

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Storyline? In 'Skyrim'? No Thanks!

The narrative rests in the relationship between the environment and the items found in it, specifically placed for the player to find and create an explanation.

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The Logic and Illogic of 'Skyrim'

Skyrim's logic lays the foundation for an enveloping, albeit precarious, form of world building.

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When Your Reading Assignment's a Video Game

The world of Bethesda's Skyrim is filled with an almost intimidating amount of freedom for players. It's also a world where books are competing with the giddy thrill of dragon killing.

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