For the past week my roommate has been playing Grand Theft Auto V. Watching him drive around the living city of Los Santos, causing mayhem, and following the stories of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin as they get caught up in jobs to satisfy the whims of drug lords, the FBI, and their own often twisted sense of personal pride has been quite entertaining to watch. It’s also put me in a mood to play some GTA of my own!
At this time of writing I have put about twenty five hours into Dark Souls. This has included a couple of restarts, and with my current character I am just about to enter Blighttown (with perhaps a visit back to the Undead Asylum first). I’m afraid a bit of this week’s Game Corner will be about specific things relevant to Dark Souls (and that’s going to alienate those unfamiliar with it), but the tale I tell of my exploits and the larger picture should be entertaining enough, even without context. Here’s hoping!
Just what is games criticism? How does it differ from a game review? Are the two inconsolable, or are they intertwined within the same definition? This fundamental question is at the basis of the masters thesis I am writing, and the answers to this question have proved difficult to answer. This week on the Game Corner, I will attempt to work through some of my thoughts in order to hopefully create some ground to rest my feet upon. It should be an edifying journey… hopefully for more than just myself!