The first season of Twin Peaks introduces us to the plot, the murder of Laura Palmer, and besides letting us witness the lives of the surreal and glorified people of Twin Peaks, the first season of the 1990’s series is about subversion and development. While the first episode establishes relationships between characters and sets the mood for the rest of the series, the viewer’s expectations are subverted soon. The murder of Laura Palmer and the investigations of Agent Cooper, who comes to Twin Peaks in order to find the culprit, almost become secondary. They provide the framework for all the secrets that lay hidden beneath the peaceful surface. For someone who has not heard much about Twin Peaks before and watches it for the first time, there are some fascinating things going on, some of which will be explained henceforward – or at least I attempt to understand them.
Manchmal geschieht es, da begegnet man einem Spiel, das die eigene Welt verändert. Seien es besonders kreative Ideen, die den Horizont erweitern, eine immersive Erfahrung, die neuester Technologie und eingehender Musik geschuldet ist, oder eine Geschichte, die unter die Haut geht. Manchmal geschieht es, dass etwas scheinbar Belangloses sich zu etwas Großem entwickelt.
Beyond Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age’s playful mask, beyond the surface of its nostalgic appearance and its carefree attitude, there is an additional layer that underlines the game’s hopeless notion, its desperate loneliness. While every other feature of the game suggests some kind of hope and a future for Dalmasca, there are some places in which the emptiness cannot be overlooked and, as will be discussed henceforward, this is a relevant aspect of the game’s reception.
There are few secrets hidden in the vast world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that we have not yet discovered. While we travelled through dangerous woods and swamplands, unveiled mysteries in astonishing cities and had sexual intercourse with several characters, there is still information left that the developers themselves share rarely. At the 2016 PLAY Conference, which took place during the annual PLAY – Creative Gaming festival in Hamburg, Sebastian Kalemba, animation director at CD Projekt RED, shared his knowledge about motion capturing and character design in The Witcher 3, including the development of Geralt’s finishers and fight scenes, Olgierd’s fencing technique and Origin, Ciri’s appearance and the Giant Toad’s destiny.
This thesis aims to show the influences of transmedia storytelling on narration and reception exemplified by the novel A Study in Scarlet and a video game based on the detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle called The Testament of Sherlock Holmes.
At this year’s gamescom I had the opportunity to take a look at Orwell, the highly successful „detective-data-mining-story and point’n’click-and-textadventure“. Furthermore, I talked to Art Director Melanie Taylor about the setting, the studio’s aim, difficulties during development and the game’s future.
Mafia 3 by 2K was released yesterday, the first reviews are only a few days away. The third adventure about criminality, breaking free and outstanding good music might or might not live up to its expectations. One of them is that the game offers a responsible, realistic and still easily accessible approach on racism.
This text is not about the people of the Commonwealth being open-minded, quite the contrary. This text is about Fallout 4 and how its diversity and narrative structure lure us into new approaches on awareness and reflection.
A few weeks ago Hideo Kojima announced the project Kojima Productions has been working on since its valediction from Konami. Death Stranding is already the target of many wild discussions and shows a naked Norman Reedus. Being surrealistic and approaching important issues of mankind, the trailer is not only a demo of the game’s setting, but also of its tone and otherness. But what does it all mean? Which role does the baby play, what is the black fluid, why are there dead animals and ominous handprints? Is there a connection to Mad Max and Miller? A text on the meaning and interpretation of Death Stranding and what the trailer discloses.