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.
By Brian Wells Normally, when I think of a cooperative game I can play with a friend who lives in another state, all that comes to mind are looter-shooters like Destiny and Borderlands. And then I learned about The Blackout Club from a friend. The Blackout Club is a first-person game released in 2019 by Question Games for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game is centered around a group of teenage friends who are…
It isn’t often that a game comes out of the ether and surprises the world by becoming a phenomenon over night. So much of our year is spent tracking release dates (and pushed back release dates) that any game that doesn’t fit that schedule is looked over in favor of larger releases. Enter Fall Guys. A game filled to the brim with fun for the sake of fun and a love of gaming with others that shines through on every stage … for the most part.
Hugh is just the worst, and not just aesthetically. Every time I see him, he’s Naruto-running around for no reason. If I don’t talk to him for a few days, he says creepy things like “I stood outside your house for hours waiting to see you.”
For years video games were about the experience. Then came microtransactions, loot boxes, super long update patches, balancing issues and pay-to-win. It can be hard to enjoy gaming nowadays. Luckily, there are still some games that make you feel like you’re a kid again.
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.