Dec 272012
 

Who am I? No one important, so you may be forgiven for not giving a damn about my game preferences and experiences. But that, unfortunately, is the dilemma I find myself in. As I’m merely amateur, I can’t expect a wide circle of fans and followers to be willfully expecting a grand personal declaration of what I fancied throughout the last twelve months, but I’m also not professional enough to have played every major game of the year and thus write an official “Best Of 2012″ post without having personal bias interwoven. I decided to go with the former, so excuse me for my regrettable lack of fame. I hope I make some recommendations that you wouldn’t have thought to tried.

Yes, there are certain genres that I willfully dismissed this year, as I do every year. So no, you will not find Halo 4 or FIFA 2013 simply because those aren’t games that interest me (not that I find anything wrong with people for whom they do, of course). There are also countless games that I would have loved to have gotten to but never did thanks to time or other games’ prioritization. For example, my recently acquired copy of Dishonored sits on my shelf yet to be played. It too, along with XCOM, Sleeping Dogs, Xenoblade Chronicles and a plethora of other titles will be mysteriously absent from my list because I just didn’t get to them. And for those of you hoping to see such titles on here, I apologize. Be sure to comment with your own games of the year.

And with that, we shall begin (in no particular order, mind you).

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Oct 032012
 

As I discussed last week, a number of factors in games can lead to endless splurges, often at the cost of personal health. Of course, I’ll always be one to recommend a policy of moderation with everything. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t broken that code every now and then. And just like many self-control-challenged college students, I too have binges. And the single most alluring element games use to keep me tied down to them is exploration.

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Sep 262012
 

It’s a troubling topic, game addiction. Certainly discussed before by perhaps more eloquent voices, this is a topic that in some way or another affects a large number of people. Often it does so in varying ways, making my job summarizing any points about it rather difficult. Even still, there’s value to be had in having a general discussion even if only to explore the reasons we play and perhaps more importantly the reasons we keep playing. And playing. And playing. Long after it ceases to be healthy.

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