The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone

The trail for the herbalist’s apprentice had led Geralt to a village all but abandoned, save for a lone elderly couple.  They confessed to having seen him a few days prior, but heard the wolves howling that same night. With the conversation over, the in game quest log automatically updated.  Geralt was to report to…

Destiny: The Taken King

Much adulation has been heaped upon Destiny since the debut of the 2.0 patch and the release of the Taken King expansion.  The changes both bring to the game as it existed in its first year are universally agreed upon as positive. However, the extent to which such improvements mend the broken state of the…

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Often acclaimed as the Citizen Kane of games, the first nascent step in legitimizing the medium as art, the original Bioshock constructed a compelling critique of Randian Objectivism. The sequel, however, wisely avoided repeating the message of its predecessor, instead deconstructing the polar opposite philosophical system, Collectivism.  The two games taken together then were thematically…

An Analysis of Davey Wreden’s The Beginner’s Guide

The Beginner’s Guide (from Davey Wreden, co-creator of The Stanley Parable) stands apart as the game which most clearly holds a thesis, an argument that it’s trying to make to the player, while simultaneously being the game whose message is most difficult to discern.  The most prominent interpretation I’ve happened across so far is that…