Browsing my recently deleted items on my Documents drive is a stressful experience. A daunting anxiety builds within me as I slowly mouse over the ‘Empty Bin’ prompt, considering erasing these items from my computer permanently. Forever and always. Gone.
Being unemployed sucks. Having to fill out dozens and dozens of job applications is the worst, especially when nobody is calling back. Playing video games during your down time seems to be the best idea as you play the worst game of all time, the waiting game. Now that Trump will take over the White House it gives Obama and Biden little time to think of what games they can co-op as they wait for their next employers. Here are the top 5 games they should co-op in their time off.
In the snowy valley outside Winterhold, amidst hills and mountains galore, awash with foreign plant life and fantastical creatures eager to harm my character; I come face to face with a common wolf. It stares me down from a distance, growling and standing its ground, expressing discomfort and anger at the very sight of me, an unfamiliar antagonist trespassing upon its habitat. I maintain a cautionary range, readying my battle axe and hand full of fire, not necessarily eager to row with the snarling beast, but at least anticipating the necessity to defend myself.
Loyalty. A quality every one of us requires in any relationship, loyalty permeates every facet of our culture. From religion, to culturally-specific customs, to basic friendship, we assume–and even expect–each acting member of society to remain loyal to something. Everything.
In games, I believe loyalty is brushed under the rug in lieu of other characterizations such as resourcefulness in combat. This is obviously determined by genre of game, but it still seems to be something not as in-your-face as other qualities.
That in mind, one game shines above the others for me in terms of loyalty. Some may say I am giving into the hype and am biased, others may say it’s overrated. Say what you will, but The Last of Us exemplifies beautiful narrative amidst an over-saturated market of zombie games and more than that, it is a hauntingly wonderful insight into the human condition. I will be exploring how the game tackles different aspects of this, including how it all loops back to loyalty.