Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

I love the Ace Attorney series.

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It’s weird. You see, I tend to HATE anime style artwork and all the tropes that goes along with it. Continue reading

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Fire Emblem Fates: Facts Surrounding the Controversy

A couple days ago, a controversy sprung up surrounding content within the game called Fire Emblem Fates. It involves two characters in the game, the male protagonist and a female character named Soleil. She is presented as a lesbian character (at least strongly implied she is one) who is very easily flustered around other women, to the point of fainting. Continue reading

Why is Valve hiring a Psychologist for game design?

In the job openings section of the Valve website, there is an opening for the position of Psychologist (Research/Experimental). The job description makes it sound like the position will be ultimately beneficial to the company and players, as the position is supposed to improve the game testing process, analyze data to improve on the overall experience of the customer base, research hardware, and offer analysis of the company’s finances in order to improve operations. The first duty the Psychologist has, however, is somewhat of a double edged sword for the gamer:  Provide relevant insight into human behavior in order to shape gameplay and customer experience. Continue reading

Dragon Age Inquisition – The Review

Game Title: Dragon Age Inquisition
Developer:  BioWare
Publisher:  Electronic Arts
Director: Michael Laidlaw
Writer:  David Gaider
Released:  November 2014
Note:  The reviewer played the game on the Xbox 360, so some technical issues may not be present on other systems.

So I’m a little bit late to the game with Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s been a financially trying year, among other things, which pulled me away from reviewing and playing some awesome games. So yeah, I’m playing catch-up. But what a great way to get back into the swing of things than with BioWare’s next gem! And boy, they did not disappoint…

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Best of the Best: Top Five Heroes of Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary of its release! It’s hard to believe, but it was first released back in 1994 for the Super Nintendo. It was groundbreaking. There’s no other way to describe it. The music. The story. The gameplay. The characters. All of it challenged the limits of how we understood RPGs, giving us something that felt fresh and different.

So in honor of the 20th anniversary, Press Start to Begin has created a list of the top five heroes of Final Fantasy VI! The goal of this list isn’t to just put down who someone’s favorite character is, but to put down characters that broke the mold of gameplay or storytelling. These characters aided in pushing the RPG genre in a new direction. Continue reading