Nothing like writing an entire article and finding out it became obsolete about the same time I turned it in. Old Man Murray was removed from Wikipedia last week. I wrote about it, but by the time the article went live the page had been re-instated. Ah well. Hopefully it provides some amusement on its own.
Really, I wasn’t that upset about the page being pulled from Wikipedia. It was dumb, sure, but not exactly an industry-threatening crisis. My real motivation for writing the piece was so that I could talk about one of the influences that got me into writing about games in the first place.
Batman: Arkham City
A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.
Deus Ex and The Treachery of Labels
Deus Ex Mankind Divided was a clumsy, tone-deaf allegory that thought it was clever, and it managed to annoy people of all political stripes.
There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.
The Plot-Driven Door
You know how videogames sometimes do that thing where it's preposterously hard to go through a simple door? This one is really bad.
Blistering Stupidity of Fallout 3
Yeah, this game is a classic. But the story is idiotic, incoherent, thematically confused, and patronizing.