Kasumi Yoshizawa’s story is a case study on how to carefully and respectfully navigate mental health issues in popular culture

Many people believe fiction has the power to influence real life. This idea is tied to mental health — a topic that has gained much more attention in recent times given the ongoing struggles due to COVID-19. According to Checkpoint.org, an overwhelming majority of gamers believe video games can help…


I can’t think about anything else but victory

February 17th, 2021. Announcement day. My friends and I convene at our designated Discord call and pop open the newest Nintendo Direct stream. Coming together as gamers during these exciting live streams that reveal upcoming titles is a tradition for many (including myself).


A dive into the gameplay mechanics of Wutai’s spirited ninja, Yuffie Kisaragi

Sorry Aerith, as much as I love your terrifying overhead chair scene, you’ve been toppled by Yuffie’s bouncy personality. After spending an hour or so figuring out how to download Final Fantasy VII Remake Integrade on my PlayStation 5 console (Square Enix did NOT make this one as simple as…


A recognition of creative minds afflicted by imposter syndrome

There is an inherent noteworthiness to a game that is granted when it takes a stand and speaks about social issues. Games that forego aimless entertainment to make a difference can seem pretentious, but when done right, these treasures can connect to those who relate to their themes.


Here is the most exciting content coming to Genshin Impact in Version 1.6 (pack a swimsuit)

Swap your swords for swimsuits and get into the summer groove because Genshin Impact will soon release an update themed on a summer beach trip! On Wednesday, June 9th, Genshin Impact’s 1.6 …


The ethics of animal genetic engineering don’t apply in video games, so let’s splice that genome up!

What happens when your local zoologist is also a curious-minded and somewhat ethically questionable genetic engineer? Let’s Build a Zoo!

This upcoming Zoo Tycoon-inspired game, with a release date for sometime in 2021, is one to keep an eye on if you’re an animal enthusiast.


With Team Ninja at the helm and Nioh as an influence, here is what the newest Final Fantasy game could entail

Earlier this year, PlayStation’s State of Play live stream announced Final Fantasy VII: Remake Integrade for PlayStation 5, and in September of 2020, we saw the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI, the newest mainline entry in the series.


Want to immerse yourself in horror? The best way to do so is 4k gaming

Resident Evil Village had my attention from the moment of its reveal. Tall vampire woman chasing Ethan Winters around an Eastern European-inspired village? Sign me up. I was largely expecting Lady Dimitrescu to be the main antagonist of the game too, and while the internet exploded in excitement over her…


Lost motivation to play games? Let’s discuss why it’s happening and what can be done

Have you ever caught yourself staring at your library of games and thinking: “Man, what am I going to play?” only to end up aimlessly scrolling through social media?

I had one of these moments a few days ago. It resulted in me shying away from my longer-than-average playthrough of…


The ups and downs of wedlock with the whims of a wild, cooperative platformer

Marriage is something I’ve yet to experience, but playing through Hazelight Studios’ It Takes Two provided a spirited (and insightful) glimpse into what to expect when I decide to tie myself down. A year ago, a plane ticket of mine to Canada was rendered useless when COVID-19 beset North America…

Paul Lombardo

Journalist writing about video games and the stories they tell | Student at the University of Florida

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