Becoming What You Fear the Most: The Vicious Cycle Within League of Legends

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To me League of Legends represents a paradox of conflicting emotions that lie at extreme ends of the gaming experience.

On the one hand, it is an incredibly good video game. Some of my finest mouse-clicking memories have been created in it. It’s addictive, satisfying even when you’re losing and there’s always more to learn. Despite the fact that every game involves fiddling with an everlasting procession of guys that bundle down one of three lanes to their demise, it manages extraordinary depth. Continue reading …

What Makes a Good Video Game Villain?

(This article contains spoilerific spoilers for Baldur’s Gate 2, Final Fantasy 7 and Dragon Age 2)

“The pain will only be passing,” we are informed. “You should survive the process.” Should.

With David Warner’s masterfully delivered opening lines we’re introduced to the coldly detached and ruthlessly calculating Jon Irenicus. It’s not long before circumstance carries you away from his underground lab, but his far-reaching influence is felt again and again as the game progresses.
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Breaking the Game or Beating the Game: What Happens When You Get Too Powerful

It’s June 1808 and, in perhaps the greatest comeback of human history, the Byzantine Empire is the foremost world power. Having nearly succumbed to the ravages of the younger and more powerful Ottomans way back in the middle of the 15th century, Byzantium somehow survived. Then it thrived. Its borders stretch from the Caspian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It lays claim not only to Constantinople but to Cairo and to Rome. It holds colonies in Africa and in East Asia. Its standing army alone numbers nearly half a million men. Its citizens are the freest, richest and most enlightened in the known world.

The story of how it got there is a gripping one to be sure, full of daring military manoeuvres, desperate alliances and strokes of economic brilliance…
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