The End? The Fake Ending In Video Games

Reaching the end of a video game can be exciting. After spending many hours with a story and characters, going on a journey and getting to know the characters until they start feeling like good friends, the end can feel bittersweet but hard earned to finally see how it all ends. As the anticipation builds toward the end, something happens in the game that pulls the rug from right under you. Maybe the end credits roll but you’re left flabbergasted, thinking, “That can’t be how it ends?!” or a chapter labeled as “Final” actually opens up a few more subchapters that eventually get you to the real ending of the game.

This has been my recent experience with two video games in particular—Control and Neo: The World Ends With You. Fair warning, there are some light spoilers for both of these games.

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Testing The Waters: Figuring Out The Next Video Game To Play

Ever since the start of the new year I have been finishing up a few games I’ve been playing since last year, like the DLC for Control and Neo: The World Ends With You. I recently completed the two DLCs for Control but I’m still working through getting to the end of Neo. One of the things I have been thinking about, as I get closer to finishing the story of Neo, is what video game should I play next?

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New Year, New Goals

One of the things I love about a new year is the chance to start fresh. There’s an opportunity for things to be different and to change aspects of your life that could use a little upgrade. That may sound very Pollyanna but I’ve always been an optimist at heart even as time, experience, and the state of the world has made me a tad cynical over the years. I like to hold onto a bit of hope during these tough times.

Now that it’s 2022 here are some of the goals I’m looking to achieve in this new year.

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Video Games In Review: What I’ve Completed In 2021

Whenever I choose a video game to play for the next few months the hope is I’ll stick with it and not stop halfway in the middle of the game. That has happened with a few games I played in the past where I start off excited to devote most of my time with a game only to abandon it for another game, or not being in the mood to play for a little while. This is why when I do commit to a game and see it all the way through, it’s a massive achievement for me personally to consider it finished and crossed off my backlog.

Here is a list of all the video games I played and beaten in 2021.

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Honoring The Video Games I Love Through Fashion

If I could define my personal, day-to-day style it would be simple, classic, and subtle. I wouldn’t consider myself the “obvious geek” who would wear graphic tees that boldly display the name of a video game or character’s face on it. I usually prefer wearing fashion that pays tribute to the geeky things I love in more low-key ways.

In recent years I have been on the lookout for clothes that are casual and comfortable but stylish at the same time. Because of the ongoing pandemic there has been a rise in lounge wear and clothes that are far more dressed down than pre-COVID times. While I have been opting for more T-shirts and hoodies lately, I’m always looking for geek wear that continues to be less overt about game or anime references I absolutely love.

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Tackling The To Be Read Pile: A Year In Books

As we begin to conclude what remains of the year I have been assessing all the goals I have (and some I have not) accomplished. One of the goals I set out to do was tackle the growing pile of to be read books on my list.

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Can’t Put It Down: The Irresistible Lure Of Replaying A Video Game

Being a gamer for a while has made me realize that video games will often be separated into a few categories: games we enjoyed but are okay with playing once, games we didn’t enjoy and will never play again, and games we loved so much you want to replay it again to relive the story and characters all over again. There are maybe a handful of games I played that fall into the latter category. Games where I was mesmerized by everything from start to finish and was actually sad when it was over.

I could tick off every game I would gladly replay, and always intended to do, but most of the time I don’t get to revisit. Year after year new games come out to inevitably entice you to move forward with those and never backward with the ones you’ve already played. But somewhere along the way one game comes along where the urge to replay finally takes hold and you answer the call without hesitation.

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November Update: What I’ve Been Playing, Reading, And Watching

As the weather gets increasingly chillier, at least from where I am, many of us are opting to stay inside and curl up with a good video game, book, or show. While the end of 2021 isn’t quite here yet, here are some of what I’m hoping to have finished before the year is out.

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Video Game Soundtracks I Can’t Get Enough Of

Music creates an emotional response within us that can evoke strong memories if it leaves a lasting impression on us. Whenever I hear the video game soundtrack of a game I thoroughly enjoyed or it has moved me beyond measure, I can easily recall favorite moments from the video game or it stirs up certain emotions I have felt towards the characters and story.

Much of 2021 has been a pretty good year for video games, especially as far as having a bit of a completed list of games under my belt, which has led to the discovery of soundtracks I can’t stop rotating between on Spotify. Here are my favorite video game soundtracks of the year.

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Video Game Review: Life Is Strange – True Colors

Ever since French studio Dontnod Entertainment released Life is Strange in 2015, the decision-based, story driven adventure game about a teenager who has the power to rewind time, it went on to become one of the best interactive video games of the year. By combining the supernatural with the highs and lows of being a teenager, Dontnod created a compelling episodic narrative full of characters with nuance, unexpected twists, and a hella good soundtrack of indie artists to set the mood and tone of the entire game.

Developer Deck Nine continues the legacy Dontnod Entertainment started with the new game Life is Strange: True Colors.

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