So Real I Can’t Touch It

Is Realism Important in Video Games?

Gone Home – Photo by The Fullbright Company /CC BY-SA 3.0

A thoughtful discussion by Paul Gestl

People play video games because they want to experience things they can’t do in real life. But contrary to popular opinion, that doesn’t seem to be the path the current gaming industry is heading towards. This is probably a response to the outcry by mainstream journalists and feminists alike who want to see more relatable female characters.

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West of Loathing Review

West of Loathing

Developer: Asymmetric
Publisher: Same as Above
Released on Aug 10, 2017

West of Loathing is a comedic stick-figure RPG taking place in the Kingdom of Loathing, where demon cows terrorize ranchers, skeletons rise out of their graves, and bandits cause trouble for the local towns. What kind of crazy adventures await you in the wild west? One thing’s certain; you’ll be wearing many hats, as the Cowboys once did in style.

Genre: An Indie Adventure RPG

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Long Live the Queen Review

Long Live the Queen

Developer: Hanako Games
Publisher: Same as Above
Released on Nov 08, 2013

Long Live the Queen is an anime strategy simulator disguised as a cutesy visual novel. You are the young princess Elodie, who is still grieving the death of her mother, the Queen of Nova. You are next in line to inherit the throne, of a kingdom riddled with political conflicts between nobles and commoners. Can you give her the proper upbringing she needs to become a respectable princess?

Genre: A Strategy Simulation Game

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Spore Review – Part 2

To continue where we left off, your humble tribe is transformed into an industrialized urban center, the first city of many to populate the land. Every city needs a town hall to establish their own form of government:

Economic cities are invested in spice mining to build better relations with their neighbors. The more trade routes they have, the more income they generate for spending on new infrastructure.

Religious cities insist that non-believers must be converted and will preach their way of life to any unsuspecting citizens. This is likely to upset the locals who throw trash at your vehicles.

Military cities are the most aggressive, always deploying armed forces to satiate their desire for conquest. They will forge alliances with other groups to declare war on their enemies.

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Spore Review

Spore – Part 1

Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released on: Dec 19, 2008

Spore is a simulator game, portraying the evolutionary stages of an alien creature, starting as a single cell, then gradually becoming sentient beings ready to establish themselves on this unknown planet. Design your own creature and help them survive all five stages of life. One day they could potentially colonize entire galaxies!

Genre: A Simulation/Exploration game

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