Two weeks ago, a pretty big event in the gaming world took place.
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, provided us all with a look at what the gaming world has to look forward to over the coming years. Of course, some companies did well, some companies did bad, but regardless, the coming together of every major name in the industry bore some very, very interesting fruit.
I was gifted with the opportunity to visit the event,
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Everyone looks at stories differently. It’s why people have differing opinions when it comes to stories that we enjoy. Some of us like anime, manga, or other similar Japanese stories. Others enjoy the attachment of watching actors on the big screen, or experiencing stories first-hand through a video game.
Stories are universal, but as we all know, every story won’t work for everyone. Knowing that, I’d like to introduce you today to what I consider my Three Elements of Storytelling–the three factors, that I believe makes a story great, from an objective point of view.
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Some video games have the ability to create wonderful memories, even if they aren’t exactly perceived as great.
These are the underrated games–titles that have some quality, some merit, but are perceived by many as terrible or bad. For whatever reason, these titles end up being hated by the fanbase, or just hated in general, when I believe they deserve far better treatment than that.
Today, we’re going to talk about five of these kinds of games. This list will be based purely on my opinion, so if we disagree, well. I’d love to hear what your thoughts at the end of it!
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Star Fox is undoubtedly one of the legends of classic gaming. But man, where did it go?
The franchise is one that I’ve had a LOT of fun with in the past, and I’m quite sure many people recognize the name, as one of the greats. However, if you ask anyone to name the most recent good game in the series, there’s bound to be some mixed, uncertain answers. How in the world did Star Fox gain its reputation, only to disappear? Well…it’s an interesting story, honestly.
So then, what happened to the adventures of Fox Mcloud and the Star Fox crew? And what’s the series looking like now?
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In recent years, a game has been released that helped to redefine and clarify what a “Team-Based First Person Shooter” is.
Overwatch is coming up on its one year anniversary, on May 24th, and since then, it’s made waves in the gaming world. Tens of millions have played it, and for good reason. There are many, many aspects that make Overwatch a masterfully crafted game. However, as many people have noted, there was a game that defined the Team-Based FPS far before this: Team Fortress 2.
The two games have enjoyed huge success in their own times, and undoubtedly, will continue to enjoy that success moving forward. Despite being, at this point, almost a decade old, Team Fortress 2 has an average of 50,000 players a day, even as Overwatch has gradually become more and more of a competitive e-sport, carving out its own niche in the gaming industry.
Now, considering this, what has made the two Team-Based FPS games so successful? We’re going to delve into this question, and consider some aspects of both games that contribute to their lasting value!
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Final boss battles are often what push video games into greatness.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that the ending of a story is imperative to its quality. If the video game in question is beautifully executed up until the end, then you just get that sour taste in your mouth, that it could have been so much better. Luckily, many great video games are able to deliver, and some decent ones are remembered much more fondly thanks to their final bosses.
From my experience, final bosses don’t have to change the gameplay very much, but rather, they serve as the climax of the story. They are the ultimate test of your fundamentals, a simple showdown that serves to wrap up the story in a satisfying, powerful way.
They’re the final glimpse you have of a game, the last takeaway- and boy, some of them are pretty damn good.
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Alright, we’re continuing with my personal top ten stories of all time, moving into the top 5!
Now, in my top five, you guys are going to see some of the stories that have influenced me most- influenced my taste in all other future stories, and oftentimes provide standards that I apply to all others. I say I have to have been influenced by these stories, but they almost certainly have to have merit to them. These are the cream of the crop, and these next two in particular, I believe have some very, very genuine literary quality.
So, that said, here’s my fifth and fourth favorite stories of all time!
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Hey guys, Aaron here, and well, this is the 100th article, or post, on Reading Between. I just wanted to talk a bit, reflect, on why, and how, exactly I started this blog, and what I want to do in the future regarding it.
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What’s up. Bit late, but ya know. Life happens.
RB Weekly News back again, this time with some rather interesting news regarding ESports, the new Pokemon anime, and of course, yet ANOTHER form of Attack on Titan media!
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The ability of a video game to pull off a good, old-fashioned plot twist is an indicator that it’s gonna be something pretty memorable.
I mean. Plot twists are a common thing nowdays, but oftentimes, you don’t get the best ones. You think to yourself, “Psh, I knew that would happen,” or, “Well, what was the point of that?” However, there are some great ones out there- and video games certainly have the potential to blow your mind with the plot twists they have.
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