‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone

Three souls cross paths in a tavern. First the half-orc, strong and quiet, driven by power. Then the dragonborn, whose travels entertain an ever-growing curiosity. Lastly, the Aasimar, a celestial being seeking to stop destiny. An older man, a storyteller of sorts, informs them that what they are looking for is an abandoned house nearContinue reading “‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone”

Chasing Dreams, Telling Stories & Picking Flowers

I started acting in elementary school. It was my first serious dream, and I had it all figured out. I was going to go to high school, take acting classes, register for casting agencies, the whole ordeal. If none of that took off, there would always be the promise of theater school, bringing me backContinue reading “Chasing Dreams, Telling Stories & Picking Flowers”

Top 5 Video Game Soundtracks

Long before I took to tidying up my jumbled thoughts on video games to write them into existence, music was my bread and butter. All the work I’ve put in exploring the vast and deep oceans of fiction and nonfiction was preceded by years of self (mis)education on the fruits of songwriting, becoming so obsessedContinue reading “Top 5 Video Game Soundtracks”

Game of the Year 2019: [redacted]

This article does not spoil the story of CONTROL (2019). “Jahaa, jaa-a, you think there’s a dog buried in this?” When Jesse Faden finds her way inside the Federal Bureau of Control, her objective isn’t straightforward. She knows she’s looking for answers, and thinks this is the place she’ll find them, but she isn’t readyContinue reading “Game of the Year 2019: [redacted]”

Growing Up With the Controller Is a Privilege

The first video game I remember playing is the adaptation of Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove (2000). I had supposedly already been honing my skills in a little game called FIFA 99, but it is five-ish year old me that I remember, holding the controller of the original PlayStation as I embodied an Emperor turnedContinue reading “Growing Up With the Controller Is a Privilege”

The Complex Nature of Video Game Endings

When Avengers: Endgame, the highest grossing film of all time, debuted its teaser trailer, Tony Stark told us that “part of the journey is the end”. As consumers, we both dread it and long for it. An engaging story manages our expectations with the ending in mind, carefully guiding our attention every step of theContinue reading “The Complex Nature of Video Game Endings”