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Reflections

The Last of Us 2 and the Value of Playing Games Slowly

The Last of Us 2 has Connor wondering if making time to slow down and reflect might be the key to getting more out of games that don't give us space to do so.

Animal Crossing and Our Yearning for Paradise

From the moment I watched Tom Nook’s promotional video highlighting his new Deserted Island Getaway Package, I knew I was about to go into crushing Bell debt. There was no way I could resist the allure of enjoying a pristine island with my family and cultivating it into a paradise. The day after launch, my […]

Love Like Abed

Jon felt challenged by Abed to consider those that others might have overlooked as worthy of his love and affection.

When People Can’t Be Vulnerable: A Reflection on Revenge of the Sith

Of course Anakin's fall was inevitable and dramatic, but could permission to be vulnerable have saved him?

For the Love of Mystery: Tangle Tower

Tangle Tower, from the makers of Snipperclips, empowers players by giving them unique tools to solve is mysteries.

Human Capital in Darkest Dungeon

Our Chief Content Nerd Drew Dixon reflects on what Darkest Dungeon can tell us about exploitation and what it is that drives us to use other people for our own ends.

Forgiveness & Repentance in Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII illustrates the redemptive impact one act of repentance can have upon a broken world.

Magic and Faith in Onward

In the midst of a global pandemic, Onward provides us an interesting parable on learning to cope with what we can't control.

Rationalizing Evil in Doom

Despite Doom's satire, its portrayal of demonic influence is hardly unbelievable with characters showing evil cannot be used for good nor excused.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Was Made for This Moment

Almost the entire world is currently being encouraged to stay home, hunker down, and wait for the most widespread pandemic in the last hundred years to pass. It is safe to say that none of us have ever seen anything like this before. Even my elderly grandmother, who was alive for the polio epidemic, said […]