“No matter how difficult, you can still beat any Game”

Written by Paul Gestl

We all know the worn-out descriptor for a game being challenging is when it’s dubbed ‘The Dark Souls of X.’ Many gamers groan at this statement, but the fact remains, that kind of reputation is well-earned for games that do have a hard mode. In a sense, Dark Souls is a game that knows how to do difficulty the right way.

To elaborate, Dark Souls has just the right amount of challenging gameplay. Let’s take a look at the ways that games are made more difficult. In all the games I’ve seen, there are 3 methods that videogames employ to raise the difficulty level: They are the Number Changes, AI Scaling, and Challenge Conditions.

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Eastern vs. Western RPGs

Eastern vs. Western RPGs:
Cultural Differences that Shape Games

Traveling the vast land with a sword in hand, the warrior walks with a purpose in their soul. The task handed to them is truly one of great importance, and the challenge they face is likely to be a test of their brains, brawn, and battle skills.

Sounds familiar? It should be as it is the core idea of any roleplaying game (RPG for short). These games ask the player to take on the role of an exploring character and grow them into a person capable of accomplishing the mission that is set out before them.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

Written by Paul, edited by Wenxi
Fus Ro Dah!

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Release Date: Oct 27, 2016
Genre: RPG

Why Skyrim is Acclaimed by Gamers

Despite its release years ago in 2011, Skyrim is still been synonymous with gamers as a household name among popular RPGs. The game boasts having over 30 million copies sold as of November 2016, according to the game’s creator Todd Howard. No doubt, it attracted players through an endless, open-world, system. 

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Spoiler Etiquette in Gaming

A guest post by Paul Gestl

(Warning: this article contains spoilers for the following games used for sake of example which is Super Mario Bros and Dragon Age Origins) Read at your own risk! 

“Bowser really wasn’t all that tough, huh?” Says John. John’s friend Gina says, “I guess that’s why you fight him a bunch more.”

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