Articles by Alex Alusheff

Features

The importance of worldbuilding in video games

When is the last time you played a game that sucked you into its world? I’m not talking about just pretty graphics and landscapes. I’m talking about story, culture, lore, music, backstories, history, religion – in short, worldbuilding. It’s a term often thrown around by fiction writers that basically means crafting a believable, imaginary world that isn’t cookie-cutter like most of the drek we see nowadays. Worldbuilding can make or break a book just as it can a video game.

Reviews

Great golf games to play when you suck at real golf

My friend took me golfing over the weekend in the Cleveland area. I thought it was just going to be the two of us playing and it would be a good time to relax, drink, and maybe even learn a little from him. I bought a mismatched set for $40 on Facebook marketplace and was ready to go. As soon as we signed in and walked up to the tee box, we were paired up with two older gentlemen, Carmen and Chris, who later told me they had been playing since 1979. To put 1979 in perspective, that’s when McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal, the Voyager discovered rings on Jupiter, and Michael Jackson released Off The Wall.

Nostalgia

I tried to avenge Harambe in Zoo Tycoon

By Alex Alusheff It’s been four years since Harambe the lowland gorilla was gunned down in the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. Harambe became the internet sensation of the summer. People trolled the Cincinnati Zoo on Twitter until it deleted its page. Memes flooded the internet, most notably, Dicks out for Harambe. Harambe is even memorialized on clothing. As an Ohioan, I personally own a “Harambe loved Christmas” sweater….

Nostalgia

What your driver choice in Mario Kart 64 says about you

Some people use horoscopes to better understand their personality. Others use the Enneagram Personality Test. Here at GYG Lounge, we don’t need astrology or a scientific model based on core beliefs to tell you the kind of person you are. We know exactly who you are based on the character you pick in Mario Kart.