2013 in Video Gaming

2013 was an interesting year in gaming. It saw the launch of two new consoles – three if you count the Ouya1. More and more independent titles came onto the market, many of them achieving a great deal of both critical and commercial success. There were more options than ever before for gamers, and there was no possible way I could play every single release I wanted to.

But I did manage to play enough games to compile a list of my 10 favourite games of 2013, along with some honourable and dishonourable mentions. Also, since I don’t currently own a console, all games on this list are PC games. Without further ado, let’s dive in. Continue reading “2013 in Video Gaming”

Video Games I Liked in 2012

2012 was the year that I finally got back into gaming in a big way, ditching my shitty laptop for a mid-range gaming PC. Suddenly, I found myself able to play the dozens of games I had missed over the past few years. I uncovered conspiracies in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I beat up thugs in Batman: Arkham Asylum. I stabbed Templars in Assassin’s Creed. But I also managed to play some games from 2012 itself. Here are some of the 2012 games I enjoyed the most, in no particular order: Continue reading “Video Games I Liked in 2012”

Games Inspired by the Far East: Homage or Appropriation?

As far as gaming goes, I’ve been on a bit of an East Asian kick lately. I’ve been playing through the very enjoyable Sleeping Dogs, which came out last month, but I’ve also stepped several years back into the past to play Bioware’s Wuxia-inspired RPG, Jade Empire. It’s refreshing to play games with decidedly non-Western (or non-galactic) settings, but I can’t help but wonder how much of the games’ supposed “Asian-ness” is an illusion. After all, both games were created by Western developers – Sleeping Dogs by United Front Games and Jade Empire by BioWare. It leads me to wonder if these games were made with genuine respect for their East Asian inspiration or if they are merely exploiting a culture for entertainment value. Continue reading “Games Inspired by the Far East: Homage or Appropriation?”