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Representing a Disease in 'That Dragon, Cancer'

Cancer is tragic, but it’s also mundane, absurd, and sometimes even funny. That Dragon, Cancer is an unflinching look at the disease.

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Delightful Design in 'Super Mario Maker'

With Super Mario Maker, Nintendo created both a tool and a toy.

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Bad Will Towards Men

Multiplayer games are booming, but they’re often the type of games that systemically inspire irritation towards one another.

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Video Games in the Era of "Engagement"

Candy Crush is a sugar-coated vision of games as a service.

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Getting Trapped in 'Metal Gear Solid V's War Economy

MGS V isn’t the first game to comment on the military-industrial complex, but it is probably the sneakiest. It allows you to understand it by allowing you to play your own part in it.

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Insignificance in 'Star Wars: Battlefront'

Make no mistake: you’re not the chosen one, and you’re not meant to bring balance to the Force.

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Getting to Know the Ground in ‘Metal Gear Solid V’

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain teaches you to stop and smell the soil.

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A Fleeting Sense of Presence in 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture'

Looking for authenticity and contrivances while slowly shuffling through the apocalypse.

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Quiet Community Building in 'Splatoon' and 'Rocket League'

From squid parties to replay trolling, I don’t really need to talk to my opponents or teammates to know who they are.

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'Rocket League' Is a Beautifully Ridiculous Game

Rocket League is a work of art, but it’s more Pelé than Picasso.

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The Identity Crisis of 'Batman Arkham Knight'

Batman’s identity isn’t so much a secret as it is something that is missing.

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Pleasant Surprises at E3

Some might think it sad that seeing video game companies actually focus on video games is a surprise, but right now I’m too shocked and happy to be cynical.

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Signs of Maturity in 'Splatoon'

Splatoon is a game that treats you like a grownup without taking itself too seriously.

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A Year in the Life of 'Mario Kart 8'

With a year having passed since the start of Mario Kart 8, it's time to look back on 12 months of roaring engines, hairpin turns, blue shells, and a whole lot of swearing.

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Fighting FOMO in 'Bloodborne'

Bloodborne's biggest challenge? Accepting the fact you probably won’t see everything.

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Self-improvement Through 'Bloodborne'

Next time you think about eating an entire tub of ice cream, try taking a stroll to Oedon Chapel.

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Hunted by the Clock in 'Risk of Rain'

Risk of Rain's most dangerous enemy is that ticking noise you hear in the back of your head.

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New Perspectives on 'Journey' and 'Earthbound'

In which I learn something new while traversing the desert and getting lost in Twoson.

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Taking Inventory in 'Earthbound'

Any traveler can relate to Earthbound's emphasis on mundane items and limited space, especially those with sinus infections.

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Death and Do-Overs in 'Game of Thrones'

There shouldn’t be any "game over” screens in Westeros. That's too merciful.

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The Seductive Power of 'Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor'

Oops! I accidentally became a mass murderer, slaver, and a dark lord.

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The Micro-machinery of 'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker'

Mario’s out exploring the galaxy, but Captain Toad is about examining the most minute details.

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'Smash Bros.' Personality Profiles

Words can deceive. The way we fight reveals our true nature.


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