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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.

Hope for the Hurting in Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake reminded Al Martens of the power of empathy and the importance of loving people in the midst of their pain.

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 […]

What’s a Story Worth?: Final Fantasy VII Remake and the History of Storytelling

In light of recent controversy about whether Final Fantasy VII Remake is telling a complete story, Connor Felty shares how storytelling has changed over the years and asks us to consider what a digital, interactive story is worth.

The Knowledge of Good and Evil in Tomb Raider

In Tomb Raider, writer Matthew Birdzell says evil and suffering can tempt us to fight fire with fire. But friends can anchor us to overcome evil with good.

Final Fantasy XV, Joy, and the Pandemic

Joy can feel unimportant during dangerous times like the coronavirus pandemic, but Final Fantasy XV shows how we always need it, especially amid dark times.

A Community of Smash Bros.

Ryan wasn't so sure when he first brought his son to a Smash Bros. tournament, but they've been more welcoming and encouraging than he ever imagined.

Social Distancing and Death Stranding

For many introverts, quarantine life amid the coronavirus can feel normal. But Death Stranding reminds us to value both alone time and in-person fellowship.

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.

Games that Brought Us Peace

The writers at Love Thy Nerd would like to share some socially distanced activities that brought them peace: video games!