The Unintended Influence of Game Design

The Unintended Influence of Game Design

Recently, I was introduced to the idea of ancient games and their purpose of training in society. In Egypt, many people played Senet in hopes that they could successfully move through the underworld, and in Greece, many soldiers played war games to ensure that their...
Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Image from Nintendo Switch’s Octopath Traveler In my experience, there is little that is more motivating than the camaraderie of a group. Games provide many examples of different team dynamics, with many RPGs telling a story in which the protagonist gathers...
Tabletop RPGs and Learning to Live with Failure

Tabletop RPGs and Learning to Live with Failure

If I can be completely honest, I used to be and I still am not the best at boss fights.  In platformers, I squirm at difficult timing or a misplaced jump that resets the entire fight, and in RPGs, I repeatedly forget to stock up on healing items before a difficult...
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