Category Archives: Game Storytelling

Are You There, God? It’s Me, John Marston

Spoiler Warning. There are those times in games when the thematic or emotional climax of the narrative occurs before the end of the game, a bit like you’ve peaked too early. This is unfortunately a common affliction of open-world sandbox … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 3

This week’s spoiler warning is brought to you by two dudes who are the same person. I often bore my friends and loved-ones with gratuitous praise for Mass Effect 2, but my fondness for the game stems from the fact … Continue reading

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“It’s not a lake–it’s an Ocean”: Interpreting the Final Words of Alan Wake

Storytelling must, by definition, be linear. Not linear in the sense that the plot must proceed with a unidirectional motion in time from point A to point B and so on, but in the sense that a plot is a … Continue reading

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The Villains of Batman: Arkham City

Whatever your opinion of  the knuckle-dusting pantyhose fantasy Batman: Arkham City, you can at least tell it was made by people with a huge amount of genuine affection and reverence for the source material. Even though I’ve said before that … Continue reading

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The Fraudience Game of the Year: Deus Ex Human Revolution

An accolade that will soon (read: never) rank with the most prestigious and coveted awards in any entertainment medium, I have given the first ever Fraudience GOTY award to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Also winner of the Fraudience Pointiest Chin … Continue reading

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I’m A Cop, You Idiot: Musings On L.A. Noire

Spoiler warning. Why do I get the feeling that I have to think L.A. Noire is a great game? Every article I read about the game discussing its failings always includes some kind of caveat that it’s a seminal work. … Continue reading

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You Always Bring The Weather With You

I’ve not really played a game like Heavy Rain before, and whether you take that as a good thing or a bad thing, it’s definitely an interesting experience. Despite a slightly shaky start (I kid you not, the objective of … Continue reading

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