Danganronpa, Trigger Happy Havoc: Sakura and Chihiro

Danganronpa pulls from the same well as The Hunger Games – Battle Royale by Koshun Takami – by forcing a group of teenagers to kill each other. Unlike Battle Royale, the forced killing in Danganronpa isn’t an allegory for something else. In Battle Royale, the students were forced to kill each other by a totalitarian, […]

Why Jagged Alliance Will Never Get A Proper Remake

No other game has taken my fancy as Jagged Alliance 1 and 2. When I was in middle school, I used to pretend to be asleep and wait for my parents to go to bed. Once I heard the signal – my parents’ snoring, I would grab my laptop that I had hidden under my bed […]

Valkyria Chronicles: Maidens of an Atomic Bomb

Valkyria Chronicles is a Japanese RPG/Strategy Hybrid whose story and setting is based on Europe during World War 2. It addresses World War 2 themes such as fascism, concentration camps, and atomic weapons. In the game, atomic weapons take the form of Valkyrur, a race of beings that disappeared long ago. However, once in a while a descendant of […]

The Cat Lady: What A Game Can Teach Us About Hope and Depression

I know a few cat ladies but none of them are immortal super heroes like the one in The Cat Lady, a gory, psychological horror adventure game that attempts to take you on a roller coaster of emotion by emphasizing on story. The game is a fairly new release (2012 on Steam) it evokes adventure […]

Alyx Vance Is Not A Good Game Character

  I finally played Half Life 2 – It was like going to a carnival. Plenty of awesome rides with long waits between them. And then there is Alyx Vance. I had heard so much about this character, about how she raised the bar for female characters in games by defying tropes and stereotypes and […]