Guerrilla Games: Thanks for the amazing adventure

So my journey with Horizon Zero: Dawn and Aloy is finally over, and what a game it was! Despite its flaws which include some bad voice acting and some story related pacing issues, it has to be one of the most highly enjoyable and fun games I have played in recent memory. So much so that I spent one weekend over 10 hours in front of my console in one sitting playing Horizon Zero: Dawn. Which has not happened to me in a very very long time.

I take my hat off to Guerrilla Games for crafting such an amazing game that held me captivated and spellbound for well over 60 hours! At times during doing missions and side quests, I would just stop and admire the amazing views and scenery they created in the game. And after the credits rolled passed and we got to see the final cutscene, it left me with the hope that we will see a sequel featuring Aloy one of my now new favorite heroine in video games. If you haven’t read my review of the game yet you can find it here.

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When a meme triggers your snowflake sensibilities

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Mass Effect Andromeda: The AAA Gaming Experience

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Horizon: Zero Dawn: No Mary Sue or Feminist agenda’s here

As most of my regular readers and followers would know by now, I have a very big distaste for agenda pushing and politics in the entertainment industry be it in movies or in video games. And I will be the first to call out that type of bullshit when I see it, but having said that I am also against crying wolf or portraying something as being something it is clearly not, in the long run, it damages movements like Gamergate because to someone looking from the outside in. It seems we are willing to run after every white rabbit we see and jump down said rabbit hole at every opportunity we get. So when I read articles like these on oneangrygamer I can only shake my head. Making comparisons between two different type of games, developed by two different companies, one developed in a Western country and another in an Eastern country.

So should I be the first to point out the elephant out in this room regarding different design and story philosophies between these two games and companies? Any gamer worth their salt who would know and have noticed this if they played a fair amount of video games. I am not going to delve too deeply into the design differences because that is a whole different debate on its own. And not really the main reason why I am writing this article, but if you want some good reading material regarding the topic I would recommend heading over to cgmagonline and read their article entitled: “The divide between Eastern & Western game philosophy”. Which will give you a good idea of the different design and story philosophies between Eastern and Western developers. The only real similarities you can draw between these two games have is that they both feature female protagonists and post-apocalyptic settings.

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The Matrix Reboot: Why Hollywood?

So it is been announced that there is a Matrix reboot in the works, was I the only one who rolled my eyes at hearing this news? This is just another sign that Hollywood has run out of an original idea, and now have reached the absolute bottom of the barrel looking for franchises they can reboot and turn into the next cash cow they can milk for money. This trend has become pretty apparent the last 10 years or so, we are entering what one can possibly describe as a “closed loop” era for movies. Where the movie industry will be stuck in a cycle of rebooting movies every 10-15 years. So why stop at the Matrix movies?

Why not the Harry Potter movies next? And honestly, with the exception of  Reloaded and Revolutions getting tied up in its own plot, The Matrix franchise is a damned fine action-adventure that doesn’t particularly need a reboot. So I have to ask why? Considering the current state of the movie industry and the various social movements that have infected it, would a reboot even manage to reach the same level as the original movie? I would so no. So I have to ask you Hollywood. Why? These reboots are never as good as the original, and they won’t make the same amount money. So why?

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