Fire Emblem Heroes, Mobile and Casual Gaming

March 28, 2017 Casey Moore, Host   There’s been an interesting trend with the video game market in the United States in recent years: namely, the burgeoning market for casual mobile games.  What began with Angry Birds evolved into Candy Crush and has extended so far as to include even big name companies like Bethesda …

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Kingdom Hearts and Multi-directional Evolution

March 28, 2017 Casey Moore, Host *Image courtesy of Tetsuya Nomura Kingdom Hearts has had no short supply of airtime in the gaming press world lately, between the release of Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, the re-re-remakes of the original games (as well as Birth by Sleep and Chain of Memories), and the long …

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Revisiting Bloodborne and Tackling The Old Hunters

February 21, 2017 Casey Moore, Host   Earlier this February, with Nioh on the cusp of release, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet played the DLC for From Software’s Bloodborne, The Old Hunters.  I’d read about the new content – weapons, monsters, and locales – and listened to the music (glorious Ludwig’s theme), …

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Fire Emblem Heroes: Compromised Design of Free-to-Play and Player Subversion

February 7, 2017 Casey Moore, Host   Complaining about mobiles games is nothing new but by golly am I going to do it anyway. Boy oh boy am I a sucker for Fire Emblem.  I started playing it when I was 13 and for the last 8 years, I don’t think there’s been a point …

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