Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the many modern video games to introduce a kind of ‘morality’ system into the single player story. The basis of a morality system is typically that there are certain choices within the game, either during pivotal moments in cutscenes or more generally in the world, where the player … Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 – The Morality System and the Illusion of Player Choice (Minor Spoilers)
(Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of the Red Dead Redemption games, I have spent countless hours completing both and believe what Rockstar Games has achieved in terms of world design is absolutely incredible.) However much as I am a fan of the Red Dead Redemption games personally, it … Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 – Realism vs Gameplay
Ahead of his time postmodernist Jean Baudrillard gave us his controversial theories on hyperreality decades ago, the concept of images or simulations which depict a distorted image of reality, but comes to be accepted as the reality. Or, to (perhaps overly) simplify, the way in which preconceptions, stereotypes and misleading ideas can seem closer to … Continue reading Video Games and the Hyperreal
The oft forward-thinking folks over at Ubisoft have just recently released a new, modified version of their massively popular Assassins Creed: Origins to the world. This version of their game is intended to be used as an educational tool or for those simply wishing to immerse themselves in the Ancient Egyptian world they have reconstructed. … Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: ‘Discovery Tour’ – Groundbreaking Innovation?
Week 1: Poland – King Jadwiga King Jadwiga of Poland is the chosen leader of the Polish Civilisation in Sid Meir's Civilisation VI. The civilisation was added in a DLC imaginatively titled the "Poland civilisation and scenario pack." Jadwiga and her background: Jadwiga was the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland. The daughter … Continue reading Civ VI: Civilisation of the Week – Poland
From a historians point of view the new update for Sid Meir's Civilisation VI is truly fascinating. One of the many criticisms of the Civ franchise has always been the way in which it portrays the historical process. Nobody can deny that essentially, due to the mechanics of the game itself, it adheres itself to … Continue reading Civ VI DLC and the Historical Process
I have rough plans for what I would like this blog to develop into, obviously nothing is set in stone and things will change and evolve as my real life does too. Though at the moment I am planning on having 3 main kinds of content which I will break down below: 1) Research Interests: … Continue reading Plans for the Future
This blog is intended to be a place for me to write about my research and academic interests, I am extremely passionate about my field of study and I hope that through development of this blog I can; A) Better focus and hone my ideas into workable concepts B) Provide evidence of my thought process … Continue reading The Journey Begins