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

Women: The Last of Us’ Ellie, strength in weakness and fighting for love
Post-apocalyptic / Survival / The Last of Us / Women

Women: The Last of Us’ Ellie, strength in weakness and fighting for love

[Warning: This post contains spoilers from The Last of Us and Left Behind DLC.] Everyone can relate to the sense of being in a battle. This might be a battle against time, circumstances, people. It might be the battle to survive, physically, socially or psychologically. Everyone can understand the sense of fighting for or against something. When I … 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

Indie / Lone Survivor / Mental illness / Post-apocalyptic

Lone Survivor, mental illness and self-care

[Warning: this post contains spoilers about Lone Survivor.} Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor is a game with special significance for me. Powerful writing, engaging gameplay, beautiful retro art, and a heavy, claustrophobic atmosphere made this game an immersive and emotionally raw experience. I never played Silent Hill, so in many ways, Lone Survivor was my introduction to the psychological horror genre. Though I am aware … Continue reading

‘Amid the Ruins’, the will to live and The Walking Dead
Female protagonist / Paul / Post-apocalyptic / Survival / The Walking Dead / The will to live

‘Amid the Ruins’, the will to live and The Walking Dead

[This post contains spoilers up to season 2 episode 4.] I am a big fan of The Walking Dead. Both seasons occupy a special place on my list of top ten video games. While Telltale’s writing, art, choice-based gameplay, and mixture of puzzles and exploration tick the right boxes for me, it is the characters that make The Walking … Continue reading