Parents and Video Games: A Complicated Relationship

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Love, hate, and everything in betweenNot every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a special zone that dictates everything from individual spending habits, conversational topics, and recreational choices. While I acknowledge gaming as an art; a vehicle to combine innovative ideas from cinema, literature, and music, not everyone sees it that way. My parents never quite understood the sheer awesomeness of videogames and...

Let’s Slay Some Dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition!

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Lately I’ve been obsessed with Dragon Age: Inquisition. As a die-hard Mass Effect fan, I was unjustly skeptical of BioWare’s fantasy themed RPG franchise because well, spaceships and aliens will always reign true atop my personal throne of favoritism over elfs and dragons. That being said, I am so mad at myself for waiting this long to get into the series. It is amazing! Missing out on such a rich saga is truly a travesty, and even worse, starting on Inquisition which is the third game in the series. The good news is, the holidays season is right around the corner and...

Firefall Sargasso Sea Environment Lore

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Sargasso Sea is a recently discovered Melding Pocket located in the former Caribbean basin at the end of the Atlantic Archipelago. Named for the plentiful colonies of Sargassum or free-floating seaweed, Sargasso Sea’s close proximity to the Melding has transformed the laurel forest into a booming ecosystem of undocumented flora. Noting a sudden change in the indigenous plant life, the world’s most accomplished botanists flocked to Sargasso Sea in hopes of studying the evolutionary explosion first hand. A battery of tests led to a surprising conclusion. Genetic material obtained from...

10 Freakouts and Hallucinations in Video Games

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WTF sentiments all around Have you ever heard the saying, we’re all a little bit crazy? I don’t know about you, but “a little bit” might be an understatement, especially within the world of videogames. While virtual protagonists often reflect the absolute best that humanity has to offer, heroes have their fair share of mental afflictions. The body is easy to heal, but the mind is much more fragile. Whether super-powered or ordinary, no individual can bear the weight of the world indefinitely without feeling the pressure. Talk about tons of baggage. Mysterious pasts...

Shy People Excel At Making Friends In Online Games

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Research from early 2013 reveals that shy people excel at making friends while playing games online. It noted that the more shy the person, the more likely he or she is to make friends online. This makes sense when you think about it, because the addition of anonymity and creating a new identity can free people of their social anxieties. And in doing so, they're able to build and foster relationships with their fellow gamers.

From Insult to Identity: What Exactly is a Nerd?

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Article was originally published on 5/03/13 at Destructoid by yours truly. Exploring the boundaries of ‘nerdom’ Following a swift completion of BioShock Infinite’s 1999 mode last week, I was hit with a particularly potent wave of boredom. Quelling the bubbling cauldron of monotony was easy while skating through the battle-torn dystopia of Columbia. Feverishly hunting down achievements, collecting voxophones, and Bucking Bronco-ing my way to victory pacified me for a time, but that time had passed. Upon repetition, (three play-throughs, in fact) the vibrant collective of...

My Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of 2015, Tephlon Funk!

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Hip hop meets anime I love animated things: cartoons, anime, comics, graphic novels and just about everything in between. There’s something special about the art form; when ink hits parchment an artist’s imagination becomes reality and unlike live-action or traditional media, the boundaries are limitless. Over the past 15 years I’ve feverishly consumed hundreds if not thousands of different animated series ranging from the Japanese masterpieces of Hayao Miyazaki to the sci-fi universes of French animator René Laloux. There’s not much that can genuinely surprise or...

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Finally on Netflix

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Do you hear that? That's the sound of my inner Netflix addict screaming for joy, because as of last weekend, The Sons of Anarchy Season 6 has been uploaded to Netflix. I'm a latecomer to the SoA crowd. Initially turned off by the premise of a thuggish motorcycle club, my brother convinced me to give it a chance, and one month and 5 seasons later, you might as well give me a cut and patch me in because I'm hooked.