Review: Character development in The Walking Dead (seasons 1-5)
Bechdel test / Morality / Post-apocalyptic / Survival / The Walking Dead / The will to live / Women

Review: Character development in The Walking Dead (seasons 1-5)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers up to season 5 episode 8 of The Walking Dead.] As a huge fan of Telltale’s The Walking Dead games and the zombie apocalypse trope in general, I hold The Walking Dead TV show in high regard. Over four seasons, I have observed huge development and evolution, not just in the plot and narrative … Continue reading

Loving the broken, The Walking Dead’s Kenny, and the God who sees
Morality / Post-apocalyptic / Survival / The Walking Dead

Loving the broken, The Walking Dead’s Kenny, and the God who sees

[Warning: This post contains spoilers from The Walking Dead, up to season 2 episode 4, ‘Amid the Ruins’.] I love broken people.  Maybe it comes from being deeply broken myself. Maybe it comes from knowing that everyone is in some way broken to the core. I love it when you find broken people in video games, and when their broken humanity … Continue reading

GTA V: commercialism and the limits of social critique
Grand Theft Auto / Morality / Social commentary

GTA V: commercialism and the limits of social critique

When Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V first came out, I refused to play it. I was vaguely aware of the reputation of the GTA franchise and I didn’t want to play a game which was based around the glorification of violence, sex and crime. This prevalent promo image certainly didn’t impress me either: I hadn’t played the previous GTA games … Continue reading

Paragons and Renegades – morality in the Mass Effect universe
Mass Effect / Morality / RPGs

Paragons and Renegades – morality in the Mass Effect universe

Many contemporary role-playing games have some form of a morality system, a measure of the choices that you make in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. These choices generally have an effect on the future actions that you are able to take. I want to focus on the concept of morality in the Mass Effect universe, and how … Continue reading