• Screenshot of the Reaver and the Alchemist from the multiplayer mode of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
    Critique

    Dragon Age: Inquisition – Multiplayer Characters

    This post will be focusing on characters in the multiplayer portion of Dragon Age: Inquisition, not the single-player story of the Dragon Age series (which I haven’t actually played… yet). The original lineup of characters you can play as consisted of 50% women and 50% men (6 of each), which was pretty awesome. (With the…

  • "My men look at me like I'm crazy, but it is my responsibility to safeguard this ship and its crew. [...] I will not abandon my post or my charge..."
    Ladies I have Loved

    Ladies I have Loved: Melanie Bronson

    System Shock 2 is a game that I speak of frequently; I seriously love this game. It has many great female characters that each have their own lives, motivations and relationships. I found them to be interesting and highly varied, which is sadly unusual in video games, where there is often only one female character,…

  • Listening to an audio log in Dead Space.
    Critique

    About the Use of Audio Logs in Video Games

    I personally like audio logs as a storytelling medium. You can stay in the action while you listen to it, rather than having to pause the game and read text. Audio logs also don’t take control away from the player, like a cutscene does. And they are cheaper to produce than fancy cutscenes with animations,…

  • WinGS 101 Banner
    WinGS 101

    WINGS 101: Privilege and Videogames

    I am going to try to relate privilege to the topic of video games and media in general. Please check the Further Reading section at the bottom for more resources on this topic. Privilege basically means what it sounds like: some people have benefits (usually that they were born with) that make life easier for…

  • Luger in action.
    Ladies I have Loved

    Ladies I have Loved: Luger

    Appreciating the Women in Games Killzone is a 2004 game developed by Guerrilla Games. As a whole, the plot is fairly predictable and the villain is extremely campy. However, the character interactions are well crafted and hilarious. One of my favourite quotes is from this game. The player picks up new playable characters as they…