Wait Times In Mobile Gaming

By | April 26th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Video Games|

With the recent release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, fans of Harry Potter are being introduced to (or meeting once again with) game-imposed wait times. As enthusiastic as players may be, they can't blow through the entire Hogwarts experience in a single day. Characters have a set amount of lightning bolts, which represent energy. It [...]

Game Like A Girl: What Does It Mean To Be A Gamer?

By | March 16th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Game Like a Girl, Video Games|

Dungeons & Dragons and Critical Role Twitter blew up yesterday over accusations of gatekeeping and the question "who is actually in the DnD community?" In a long Twitter thread, fans of DnD argued how genuine shows like Critical Role actually are while simultaneously declaring that the only people allowed to have an opinion on DnD [...]

Dream Daddy and Identity

By | November 17th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Video Games|

Spoilers for Dream Daddy. If you explain what Dream Daddy is to someone unfamiliar with the dating sim genre, you'll likely sound very, very weird. This isn't to say that the game isn't delightful and wholesome. It is. That being said, the game has a strange, but simple, premise. You're a single dad dating other [...]

Overwatch and Toxicity: Stopping Problems Before They Start

By | November 8th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Video Games|

At this year's Blizzcon, Kotaku spoke to Jeff Kaplan, game director of Overwatch, about the issues with toxic players that the game had faced through its entire run. Though Overwatch has a diverse cast of characters, sexism, racism, and negativity have, at the very least, been prevalent in the Overwatch community. Blizzard has clearly gone out [...]

Game Like a Girl: Shoot or Miss

By | March 27th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Game Like a Girl, Video Games|

Warning: Mild Mass Effect 3 spoilers. Mass Effect 3 has several bonding missions for Shepherd and a crew member. They aren't quite as complicated as the loyalty missions in the first two installments of the franchise. They are simple cut scenes with a few dialogue options. One in particular has stuck with me since I [...]

Duality in Mass Effect

By | March 20th, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Video Games|

Warning: Spoilers for Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3. In the Mass Effect series, there are two directions you can take your version of Commander Shepherd: paragon and renegade. Mass Effect describes these choices as being essentially good and evil, with paragon representing good and renegade representing evil. However, these lines often [...]

The Best and Worst Video Games of 2016

By | January 11th, 2017|Lists, Nerdiest Talk Show on Earth, News, Tanner's Posts, Video Games|

It is a new year! As such, it is time to look back at the video games of 2016 and decide which games deserve to be held on high and which games deserve to roast in the pits of hell! https://soundcloud.com/ntsoe/the-best-and-worst-video-games-of-2016

Top 5 Reasons Why No Man’s Sky is the Worst Video Game of this Generation

By | September 1st, 2016|Tanner's Posts, Video Games|

... What is there to say? What is there to say that the rest of this world hasn't already said? No Man's Sky is on the fast track to becoming this generation's Daikatana. It is a game that had so much promise and so much unique possibilities, but all that it ended being was one of the greatest disappointments [...]