The Rise of Virtual Reality Gaming

In the context of video games, virtual reality (VR) projects a simulated environment in front of the player. Since its inception, virtual reality has taken the gaming community by force, changing the way people become immersed in their games. VR technology replaces the player’s field of view with an artificial world derived from the game’s setting.

Players that put on their headsets can explore their surroundings or interact with objects, guided by visual and sensory feedback. VR gear can be hooked up to a PC setup or a handheld controller, though some gadgets are strapped onto haptic gloves. Though the future of gaming is headed towards VR, the wearable devices themselves aren’t without their drawbacks.

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Disco Elysium Review

Disco Elysium

Developer: ZA/UM
Publisher: See Above
Released on Oct 15, 2019

Disco Elysium is a breath of fresh air above most standard RPGs, featuring a rich, open-world that lets players explore every nook and cranny. You are a detective who has made some bad decisions in life. But with an intricate murder case hanging above you, it’s time to do your job and go investigate the city of Revachol to narrow down a list of suspects. You can dial up the charm, resort to violence, become a man of culture, and more.

Genre: A TLDR RPG

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Fable Anniversary Continued

Treasure chests are abundant in the land of Albion. It’s almost as if someone unwittingly left their potions, scary tattoo cards, bags of gold, resurrection vials, low-tier weapons, and even outfit pieces just lying around. But to the wandering hero, they could find Ages of Might, Will, or Skill potions for a permanent exp boost.

If you’re lucky enough, you might pick up an Elixir of Life, a rare potion that will increase your maximum health. Its counterpart, the Will Master’s Elixir, expands your mana pool so you can cast more powerful spells without needing to recharge. Stray off the main path, and you will see digging spots and fishing locations where many silver keys are hidden.

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Fable Anniversary Review

Fable Anniversary

Developer: Lionhead Studios
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Released on Sep 12, 2014

Fable Anniversary is a fully-remastered rendition of Fable: The Lost Chapters using the Unreal engine, giving the original 2005 game a fresh new coat of paint. After 20 years, long-time Fable fans will once again, get to relive the birth of a legendary hero, in their own image. And his destiny will be carefully molded through the player’s actions: through committing a series of good or evil deeds.

Genre: A Single-Player Fantasy RPG

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Does the player make the game better?

by Paul Gestl

Games let us become heroes of our time. We fight the bad guys, find true love, and save the world, all in a day’s work. But before we do any of that, we have to pick a hairstyle that looks like a badass anime protagonist, hopefully without having to buy any DLCs.

Screenshot by Ryan Somma/CC BY 2.0

Character customization has become a staple of many RPGs and other sorts of games that you wouldn’t expect as an option. But in reality, what does a bunch of attractive aesthetics actually do for players of a game?
From a technical standpoint, next to nothing.

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