My favorite idea I have for a value based game is called The Jameson Files. The game takes place in the relatively near future, in a cyberpunk-esque New York City. A significant percentage of the global population has discovered that they possess latent psychic powers that vary in power. World…

In order to explore the concept of an “art” game and Mary Flanagan’s concept of “critical play”, I decided to replay Cuphead. I initially played Cuphead shortly after it was released and made significant progress through the game, however I eventually stopped playing because of the sheer difficulty of certain…

One of the greatest things about video games is their power to build an interactive and unique experience through the combination of art and game mechanics. As video game developers continue to push the boundaries of what is achievable with video games, it’s becoming more feasible to make games that…

One of my favorite video games that has political undertones and subtle, yet effective commentary on society is the Bioshock series. It takes place in 1960 in an underwater city known as Rapture located in the Atlantic Ocean. Rapture was built with the intention of creating a utopia for members…

Glitches in video games and glitch are a fascinating example of how humans often find some amount of imperfection to be satisfying in their art and media. Traditionally, “glitch” has a negative connotation. However, more recently, the glitch art genre is becoming increasingly popular, and lots of glitches in video…

Glitches have existed in video games from the very beginning, and they will always exist in some form. At the end of the day, all video games are just programs made up of code that a person has written and art that someone has created, and people make mistakes. To…

Although I found it quite difficult to locate an actual game modification on gamescenes.org as opposed to machinimas and video game films, one that stuck out to me was MIRIAM ROSS AND HELEN PERKINS’S ASSASSIN’S CREED ULYSSES (2020). This project was created with Ubisoft’s Story Creator mode, and runs on…

Minecraft is a game that really changed the landscape and trajectory of the entire video game industry almost immediately after its release. It’s a sandbox/building game that has no real objective, and allows players to explore a nearly infinite procedurally-generated world. Although this an incredible model for a video game…

God of War (2018) is a game available exclusively on PS4 that revolves around the main character, Kratos, who is loosely based on a Greek God representing strength and battle, and his son. The story begins when the son’s mother dies, and him and Kratos decide to go on a…

Death Stranding is a game that takes place in the not-so-distant future in what was previously America, now abbreviated as UCA, or United Cities of America. It is somewhat post-apocalyptic, but many humans still survive. Societal collapse resulted from an event known as the Death Stranding, when there were many…

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