Roses and Tears: 10 Depressing Video Game Romances

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Still think love conquers all? Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine’s Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a solitude induced weep-fest. For the videogame characters below, the luxury of loneliness is miniature in comparison. Take a look at ten relationships gone awry in the worst ways possible. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Big Boss and Eva Love can blossom anywhere. If the Metal Gear series has taught us anything (besides the usefulness of...

5 Ways for a Gaming Couple to Bond

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Romance AND videogames? Heck yes. At least one day a year, petty squabbles among couples take a back seat in the name of love. While birthdays and anniversaries are special, there is arguably no occasion more romantic than Valentine’s Day. The term love conquers all might elicit apathetic sentiments 364 days a year but on that one special day in mid-February, those dreamy, heartwarming emotions are as real as ever. An intrinsic dilemma arises. When words don’t suffice, how does you show your special someone that they love them? The average guy or gal might be satisfied with a...

Firefall DiamondHead Environment Lore

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Located in prime volcano territory, Diamondhead is part of a series of volcanic vents centered around the former Hawaiian Islands. Formed approximately 200,000 years ago, the massive Diamond Head crater was once a tourist hotspot, enticing sightseers from all across the world with promises of geological wonder and a taste of danger. Now, only danger remains. During the Firefall, asteroids pummeled the Earth for months on end. The bombardment flushed massive amounts of debris into the atmosphere, creating a particulate barrier that blocked much of the sun’s radiation from reaching the...

Parents and Video Games: A Complicated Relationship

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Love, hate, and everything in between Not 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

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...

From Insult to Identity: What Exactly is a Nerd?

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  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 American idealism, religious fervor, and technological prowess dreamt up...