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The Journey to the West Narrative in Video Games

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Let me tell you a story, one that you are almost definitely familiar with in some fashion. It comes from 16th century China, and goes by the name of Journey to the West. The story tells the fictitiously augmented story of Xuanzang and his three companions with troubled pasts as they make their way across western China atop a white dragon to obtain sacred texts and return them home. These three companions may begin to ring a bell to you. (more…)

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…and then, we held hands.

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Emotions run high while playing games all the time; the thrill of victory, the disappointment of defeat, the tension of a die roll, and the frustration of a “take that!” from an opponent. Sometime’s game designer’s rely on those emotions to drive the gameplay and take the fun to another level. In …and then, we held hands, the emotions ARE the gameplay. Confused? Don’t worry, that’s just another emotional hurdle we’ll have to get passed. (more…)

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Bring Your Own Book

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“In a good book the best is between the lines”. Bring Your Own Book is a social game/activity in which the lines in any given book become fuel for thought, laughs, and conversation. For three or more players,the game can act as a center point for a party, an icebreaker (more…)

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Elk Fest

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Moose tracks are more than a delicious ice cream flavor—they can also be the vehicle for some adorable and whimsical gameplay. In Elk Fest, two players are pitted against each other as elk named Jule and Ole. WAIT. Elk? I thought we were talking about moose? Well, those large species of animal from the deer family are often called “moose” in North America but are more commonly referred to as “elk” in Eurasia. Further adding to the confusion, there are animals referred to as elk in North America—but they are completely different. For the sake of argument, lets just say Jule and Ole are moose. (more…)