Dragon Age: Inquisition, A tale of two Corypheuses

Not so long ago I finished my (first) playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition (DAI). It was a wonderful and rich experience, mostly. Right up until the last fifteen minutes where I went from busily trying to prepare for the inevitable attack on Skyhold to slaying the Would-Be God Coyrpheus in an unremarkableĀ battle. I’m not entirely…

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Hit the books: Library research encounter with props!

About half-way through my last campaign I wanted my players to have to go through a research challenge that would help them put together some pieces of the puzzle of a mysterious illness that is plaguing the town they are in. Rolling dice to find out clues seemed to be pretty boring to me, so…

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This War of Mine, A tale of Ethics and Boredom

Games that form the booming survival genre (DayZ, Minecraft, 7 Days to Die, Rust, The Forest, Project Zomboid, etc, etc) are in theory an exciting simulation of struggle against the odds in a harsh and hostile world, but as is well known, in theory even communism works. These games inevitably seem to encounter the problem…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 7

Operation Devil’s Law was an assault on a downed alien craft. The crashed up wreckage should have been easy pickings, even for the rookie team that I sent. After the last mission, rookies were all I had. Still, this was a scout ship, it had crashed, so the risk ought to have been minimal. All…

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Great Giana Sisters vs Super Mario Bros vs Gendered Narratives

(In which Great is determined to be more notable than Super) Anita Sarkessian of Feminist Frequency recently posted part three of “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” video, which deals with the “Damsel in Distress” tropes. It is a classic trope (warning: Tvtropes.com see you in 6 hours) that Sarkessian (author/presenter of Feminist Frequency) demonstrates…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 6

At the end of the last episode the world was left in a bit of a pickle. Everyone was all shits up in their nutter and we desperately needed some space cadets out in the stars to track the aliens. Meanwhile, the aliens took an inexplicable interest in a building site in Cairo. Why? Well,…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 5

The British were pretty pissed that a neutron bomb was set off at a major metropolitan railway station. I don’t know exactly what a neutron bomb does, other than it is supposedly a kill-not-destroy weapon, but I’m sure that as with most bombs they are less than favourable devices upon detonation. Such a horrific act…

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Alien Desire

There is a moment in X-Com where the chief engineer wonders aloud: If the aliens wanted to wipe us out, there isn’t much we could do to stop them, so, given they haven’t done this what is it they want? Playing X-Com through for the first time this question is central. What is the war…

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Part 2

The troops returning from the battle of improbable cover were welcomed home as heroes. They’d managed to kill four skinny little short men. By which I mean Outer Space aliens. It seemed like everything was going to be okay. A few hours later, the alarm goes off. A bunch of abductions in San Francisco. Now,…

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