Dogs Of War Online – First Impressions


[Originally posted at Gather Your Party on 07 Feb 2014]

Born into a pack, there is no choice but take orders to attack.

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Why ‘Battlefield 4’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013


[How not to write an article; Erik Kain Edition]

[This is a demonstration on how not to write an article about video games based on Erik Kains article titled “Why ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013”. The original article can be found in the link above.]

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Technical Difficulties: Why I’m not a Men’s Rights Activist


[Protip: It’s because I’m a man-fox]

Last year I wrote a post about how I’m not a Feminist. Today, a year later, I write why I’m also not an Men’s Rights Activist (MRA), because apparently people think that not being a Feminist automatically makes me an MRA.

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Reconciling Free-To-Play Monetization And Skill-Based Gameplay


[Published on Gather Your Party on 20th September 2013]

Since the introduction of the Free-To-Play (F2P) model, many multiplayer games have struggled with the task of creating compelling gameplay in light of their monetization requirements. Strictly speaking, the monetization always interferes with the gameplay design in one way or another because it provides the game’s lifeline and is therefore more important for the business.

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On Story, Plot, and Narrative in Games


[Originally posted on Gather Your Party on the 9th of September 2013] 

While plot, story and narrative are often used interchangeably in casual conversations, in analytical terms they are separate entities and describe specific aspects of storytelling. If we want to talk about storytelling in games, we must differentiate between them to accurately describe concepts and ideas that the medium tries to express.

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