Video Games Embrace the Permanence of Death

Game Over

"Just remember that death is not the end," or so goes the Bob Dylan song. This has been the sentiment for video games as well. You can be mowed down by a horde of alien invaders, send your race car flying off the tracks in a mass of flaming metal, or even get your spine ripped out, and with the press of a button, it's like nothing ever happened. However, if you know that your character can be reborn after even the nastiest and most gruesome of demises -- if there's no sense of danger or loss -- … [Read more...]

"Mommy, what is that alien doing?"

On November 20th, one of the most anticipated games of the year will be released for the Xbox 360, Bioware's Mass Effect; when it arrives on my doorstep, I will have the choice to encourage alien, unnatural, sexual immorality. PC gamers have known Bioware for their Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series, but console gamers were first introduced to the game designer with the 2003 hit Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Capturing the spirit of the epic Star Wars story KOTOR (as the kids … [Read more...]


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