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Gadabout Gamers: Love Is A Game

For this installment of Gadabout Gamers I chose to focus on love, either in games, around games, or inspired by games. And while games certainly played an important part in my early courtship with Rick (we did meet working in the industry, after all), I decided that for my post I would focus on one particular in-game love: Garrus Vakarian from the Mass Effect series. [WARNING: The following does contain some mild Mass Effect spoilers] Mass Effect was the first…

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Gadabout Gamers: My Dream Game

Since I’m considerably newer to gaming than many of the bloggers participating in Gadabout Gamers, I felt a little weird about choosing the theme “My Dream Game.” I didn’t grow up playing games with deep, complex stories and characters, so I didn’t really grow up with an idea of what I thought would make a great game. And while many of the people I spend time with these days are game makers of one type or another, I have yet…

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Gadabout Gamers: My Biggest Gaming Regret

While some of you might have very specific regrets related to specific games (romancing the wrong character, not finishing all the side quests, etc.), I realized that my biggest gaming regret is actually very general. I regret not playing more video games. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I came to video games rather late. Sure, I played NES with my brother and sister in the early nineties and had flirtations with certain arcade fighting games and the odd…

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Gadabout Gamers: I Am/Not My Avatar

This month’s Gadabout Gamers prompt was loosely inspired by the “Controlling vs Being Your Avatar” episode of my beloved Idea Channel and my own musings on personal identity and avatars. Having not grown up playing games the way that Rick did, I can’t really say I ever really felt attached to a particular character that I played in a video game as a kid. I wasn’t aware of RPGs at the time, so I didn’t have the experience of leveling…

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Gadabout Gamers: NEStalgia

For this inaugural edition of Gadabout Gamers, I chose the theme of NEStalgia as a reaction to all the recent doomsaying for Nintendo’s future in the wake of the Wii U’s continuing disappointing sales. For many of us, the NES or SNES was our first console and is arguably the machine that really ushered in “The Gaming Generation,” in a way that the arcade era had failed to. However, while I’m aware of the place of the NES in the…

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