GRIS: A Deeply Moving And Affecting Video Game On Grief And Depression

Sometimes you’ll go into a video game not knowing what to expect, but give it time, and you may find the hidden jewel underneath. The 2018 game Gris by Spanish developer Nomada Studio, and published by Devolver Digital, is one of those games that will stand out in your mind as a uniquely crafted game full of beauty and emotional depth.

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A Promising Sneak Peek: Neo – The World Ends With You Demo

When I know there’s a video game I’ll want to play I rarely bother with the demo. The purpose of a demo is to sample a game you’re potentially interested in but not quite sure if you should get. But in the case of Square Enix’s upcoming Neo: The World Ends With You, the sequel to 2007’s The World Ends With You, it was too good of an opportunity to pass on getting an earlier feel of the game. From what I’ve experienced so far I’m now more than ever eager to continue playing it.

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Cyberpunk 2077: A Video Game That Could Have Been So Much More

The feeling you get when you reach the end of a video game can be exciting and satisfying. Or unsatisfying if the ending wasn’t what you expected. After spending seven long months on Cyberpunk 2077, I witnessed one of many possible endings the story could have. While the ending I got had some really good moments, it wasn’t the emotional payoff I had hoped it would be. I’ll try to keep my discussion of the game as spoiler free as possible.

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Waiting For The Next Job: The Downside Of Finishing Nearly All Side Quests In A Game

Being one step closer to finishing a video game often brings a mix of emotions. There’s excitement at finally knowing how everything ends and what the fate of your character will be, but there’s also a little bit of sadness for that end of the journey.

Playing Cyberpunk 2077 for me means deferring all main story quests in favor of doing all of the side missions to stretch out the game a little longer. Now that I’m almost done playing the game this had some unintended consequences I hadn’t thought about.

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Looking Ahead: Most Anticipated Video Games Of The Summer Season

When it comes to upcoming video game releases there isn’t a lot I would buy for pre-order or on Day 1. Usually I’m very selective about what I’m willing to buy, or I’ll wait until a big games sale happens during the holiday season. But when there are games I simply have to have, one of those reasons could be because it’s a sequel to a beloved game I already played and enjoyed. There are at least two I have my eyes on for next month.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Closing In On The End

The end is nigh for Cyberpunk 2077, a video game I played since December of last year, and one of the most contentious games to ever be released in 2020. After spending about 117 hours with the video game I have experienced the game’s highs and lows and the in-between. While I’m not quite done with Night City just yet, there have been some things that stood out during the times I played.

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To Buy Or Not To Buy?: My Conundrum With Mass Effect Legendary Edition

I’ll be the first to whole heartedly admit that video games didn’t become a huge part of my life, or one of my hobbies, until 2009. I’ve mentioned this briefly in my About simpleek page and have said it many times in older posts when it was relevant. It’s probably the worst hobby to pick up when I was 24 at the time, or maybe the best, depending on how you look at it. Being at the current stage of my adult life it has gotten increasingly difficult to play all the games I want to play, even the classic ones my longtime gamer friends swear by, but I do try my best when it’s a game that really captures my attention. When Mass Effect Legendary Edition came out a few weeks ago, a remaster of BioWare’s sci-fi RPG trilogy, it should have been high on my list of games to play but I’ve been largely hesitant to buy it.

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Where Ideas Spring Forth: The Unexpected Places You’ll Find New Story Ideas

When it comes to finding the next great story idea, many writers seem to agree on how they find theirs—it often happens when you’re doing something else. Whether it strikes during a stroll around the block or in the shower, not thinking about anything is when an idea comes easily and naturally. For me, story ideas have popped up in places I didn’t think it would.

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The Growing Book Backlog: The Unexpected Ways Your To Be Read List Can Grow

For the past two years I have been ramping up the number of books I read in a year. Books I had either bought or received as gifts have collected dust on shelves or stacks I’ve left on the table. Growing tired of having books that remained unopened, I made it my personal mission to begin ticking off that pile one by one. My ambitious goal has paid off with my list of read books growing steadily, and my list of unread books shrinking. Or so I thought. Just when I’ve been finishing off books I already had, I find myself unintentionally adding a new batch of titles to my to be read pile.

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Under The Microscope: Editing Your Written Work

Spending a year in lockdown has done wonders for my creativity. I progress a little more each day with the YA fantasy novel I’m working on, though, I still have a ways to go before I figure out how it will all end. I’ve managed to finish writing one short story as I currently work on another.

Finishing any kind of writing I do is an achievement. In the past I had no problem starting stories. Finishing them? That’s a separate matter. Having a fully written story, and one I feel is fairly decent, is exciting. All that’s left is the editing.

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