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

Freedom and determinism in video games pt. 2: the illusion of choice
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Freedom and determinism in video games pt. 2: the illusion of choice

In my previous post, I explored the wider debate about freedom and determinism with reference to the Bible. I explained the tension between experiencing free acts of will and decision, while simultaneously being predisposed towards certain tendencies by internal and external factors, as well as chosen and known by an omniscient God. The complex interplay … 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

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Women in video games: I want more

I am passionate about realistic and rounded portrayals of women in video games. I long for the day when this is the norm and not a feat to be celebrated. When female protagonists controlled by the player are not in the minority, and game developers are not driven by default to emphasise male protagonists to make games … Continue reading