Tag: Japan

Impressions: Persona 5

“Take your heart!” The Persona series of games is well known in in gaming circles as an incredibly popular Japanese Roleplaying Game. Being hailed by some as the greatest JRPG of all time is what drew my attention to Persona 5. I have a love-hate relationship with Japanese Roleplaying Games. When they are good, they

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‘Show, Don’t Tell’ in From Software Games

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ‘Show, don’t tell’ is a staple of advice given to everyone who tries to tell a story. The purpose behind this advice is to avoid excessive exposition; the temptation of every storyteller who wants to let the reader know

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Mental Health in Video Games: Persona 5

This article contains significant plot spoilers for Persona 5 Persona 5 is a game that I have quite a bit to say about. In the pipeline I am planning on publishing articles giving my impressions on the game as well as a deep dives into how they explore concepts of identity. I have not yet completed

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Book Review: Barefoot Gen Volume 1

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‘Gen is my alter ego and his family are just like my own.’   Japan is the only country in the history of the world that has had an atomic bomb used against it in war. It went through that trauma twice. When I finished reading Barefoot Gen I did not have any words to

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