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  • Abstract vs. Concrete: Storytelling in Games

    Nothing gets me like a good story. Undertale tore me up. To The Moon made me cry. Mass Effect made me feel like I was a part of a beautiful and terrifying universe. Journey was true to its name. One of these is not like the others, though. Undertale had pithy dialogue, To The Moon was a flashback in game format, and Mass…

    Nothing gets me like a good story. Undertale tore me up. To The Moon made me cry. Mass Effect made me feel like I was a part of a beautiful and terrifying universe. Journey was true to its name. One of these is not like the others, though. Undertale had pithy dialogue, To The Moon was a flashback in game format, and Mass…

  • A Sprinkle of Nostalgia

    A Sprinkle of Nostalgia

    By Jake Rushing A Sprinkle of Nostalgia During my years as a young child, the only way that I indulge in portable gaming is with my Game Boy, so you better believe that I played Pokemon Red, Tetris, and Super Mario Land 2 to name a few. When I went on long car rides, I…

    By Jake Rushing A Sprinkle of Nostalgia During my years as a young child, the only way that I indulge in portable gaming is with my Game Boy, so you better believe that I played Pokemon Red, Tetris, and Super Mario Land 2 to name a few. When I went on long car rides, I…

  • The New Combat Paradigm, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dodgeroll

    by Isaac Smith As an early Christmas present, I got my dad Witcher 3 (GOTY edition, what kind of son do you think I am?). He loved the heck out of Skyrim but isn’t a “gamer”, per se. In spite of that, he dug it immensely and, now that he’s my Steam friend, I get to see…

    by Isaac Smith As an early Christmas present, I got my dad Witcher 3 (GOTY edition, what kind of son do you think I am?). He loved the heck out of Skyrim but isn’t a “gamer”, per se. In spite of that, he dug it immensely and, now that he’s my Steam friend, I get to see…

  • What We’re Playing This Week – Cooling Off Edition

    What We’re Playing This Week – Cooling Off Edition

    By the Last Token Gaming Staff   Summer is on it’s way out, and we’re enjoying the onset of fall the only way we know how. Video games!   Ben Fitzgerald – Eador: Genesis, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Desktop Dungeons, The Temple of Elemental Evil   Nothing fancy for me. I’ve spent way too much…

    By the Last Token Gaming Staff   Summer is on it’s way out, and we’re enjoying the onset of fall the only way we know how. Video games!   Ben Fitzgerald – Eador: Genesis, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Desktop Dungeons, The Temple of Elemental Evil   Nothing fancy for me. I’ve spent way too much…

  • Pokémon Party w/ Super Soul Bros at AFKgg in San Jose @ 9/22

    Pokémon Party w/ Super Soul Bros at AFKgg in San Jose @ 9/22

    If you guys are outside the bay area, or have no idea what AFKgg Gamer Lounge is, AFK is a gaming themed restaurant/bar that also has consoles and PCs available to play. So yes, you can pwn some noobs while sipping on your rum and coke or munching down on your burger & fries. While…

    If you guys are outside the bay area, or have no idea what AFKgg Gamer Lounge is, AFK is a gaming themed restaurant/bar that also has consoles and PCs available to play. So yes, you can pwn some noobs while sipping on your rum and coke or munching down on your burger & fries. While…

  • Unspoken Agreement: How Games Explain Their World

    Anybody who’s followed me knows my love of Super Metroid‘s game design. It teaches the player to play the game without a single word, tutoring and encouraging through level design and cleverly placed objectives. It makes plain the fact that it has secrets, but forces creativity in how to obtain them.  When I blind play a…

    Anybody who’s followed me knows my love of Super Metroid‘s game design. It teaches the player to play the game without a single word, tutoring and encouraging through level design and cleverly placed objectives. It makes plain the fact that it has secrets, but forces creativity in how to obtain them.  When I blind play a…

  • TellTale’s The Walking Dead Season 3: Ep. 5 From the Gallows Review

    TellTale’s The Walking Dead Season 3: Ep. 5 From the Gallows Review

    Release Date: May 30, 2017 Developer: TellTale Games Publisher: TellTale Games Rating: M for Mature Genre: Interactive Storytelling, Click and point Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, iOs, Android, Mac, PC/Steam TellTale has always been narratively ambitious with their The Walking Dead series. Each season routinely examines the concepts of family and the human condition through…

    Release Date: May 30, 2017 Developer: TellTale Games Publisher: TellTale Games Rating: M for Mature Genre: Interactive Storytelling, Click and point Platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, iOs, Android, Mac, PC/Steam TellTale has always been narratively ambitious with their The Walking Dead series. Each season routinely examines the concepts of family and the human condition through…

  • What We’re Playing This Week – I Need An Air Conditioner Edition

    Ben Fitzgerald – Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, Eador: Genesis, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Fantasy General (PC)   After a quiet week last week due to work, I’ve back at it again this week (with, honestly, a little more gusto than is best) with RPG, strategy, even escape room puzzles…

    Ben Fitzgerald – Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, Eador: Genesis, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Fantasy General (PC)   After a quiet week last week due to work, I’ve back at it again this week (with, honestly, a little more gusto than is best) with RPG, strategy, even escape room puzzles…

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn Review

    Horizon: Zero Dawn Review

    Release Date: February 28, 2017 Developer: Guerilla Games Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Genre: Action, Adventure, Open World System: Playstation 4 Playtime: 45 hours Guerilla Games and I have never gotten along. Their penultimate, Playstation-exclusive franchise Killzone was a massive disappointment to me. Labelling it the Halo killer, this first-person franchise felt more like a graphical…

    Release Date: February 28, 2017 Developer: Guerilla Games Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Genre: Action, Adventure, Open World System: Playstation 4 Playtime: 45 hours Guerilla Games and I have never gotten along. Their penultimate, Playstation-exclusive franchise Killzone was a massive disappointment to me. Labelling it the Halo killer, this first-person franchise felt more like a graphical…

  • What We’re Playing This Week – May Flowers Edition

    What We’re Playing This Week – May Flowers Edition

    Top Health Benefits of Cannabis You Need to Know Research has shown that cannabis can be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, from pain to epilepsy to opioid addiction according to various sources. It has also been noted the plant can be great for improving your lifestyle. THC Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the primary active substance in…

    Top Health Benefits of Cannabis You Need to Know Research has shown that cannabis can be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, from pain to epilepsy to opioid addiction according to various sources. It has also been noted the plant can be great for improving your lifestyle. THC Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the primary active substance in…