It was only recently that I became aware of just how truly messed up the Star Wars expanded universe is. Randy (our player from Spoiler Warning season 1) is something of a Star Wars scholar and explained to me some of the stuff that appears in the avalanche of Star Wars novels. Some of it honestly sounds like fanfic. Some of it sounds like drivel. And some of it sounds pretty dang cool.
I think the magic ingredient that A New Hope had was that it wasn’t a normal sci-fi movie. It was actually a classic swashbuckling / save-the-princess adventure in sci-fi makeup. Errol Flynn in space. Almost everything that followed has simply ignored this and embraced the space opera angle. That’s not a complaint, it’s just an observation on how the thing has evolved. I’m not even sure it would be possible to go back now.
Trashing the Heap
What does it mean when a program crashes, and why does it happen?
Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.
The Opportunity Crunch
No, brutal, soul-sucking, marriage-destroying crunch mode in game development isn't a privilege or an opportunity. It's idiocy.
The Dumbest Cutscene
This is it. This is the dumbest cutscene ever created for a AAA game. It's so bad it's simultaneously hilarious and painful. This is "The Room" of video game cutscenes.
The Brilliance of Mass Effect
What is "Domino Worldbuilding" and how did it help to make Mass Effect one of the most interesting settings in modern RPGs?