Author Archives: Kyle Serafin

Oh My God, This Rain Is So Heavy…


SPOILER ALERT: Heavy Rain

I recently got around to playing Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream’s interactive noir thriller released back in February 2010. Normally I detest quicktime events, but somehow I stomached through roughly 10 hours of them and actually found myself enjoying the game. By the end, though, something didn’t sit right with me. It wasn’t the controls, it wasn’t the plot-holes, nor was it the Norman Jayden’s horrible accent. What really bothered me was the game’s use of what I call the Mysterious Protagonist. Continue reading

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Looking Back, Moving Forward (or The Accelerated Back Hop)


SPOILER ALERT: Mild spoilers for Persona 4.

Can you remember your first experience with video games? Since you’re reading a blog about gaming, chances are you probably can. Even I, with my admittedly poor long-term memory, can remember the games I grew up on. I remember the Super Solver games, I remember Sim Ant, I remember Dino Park Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Oregon Trail II, Amazon Trail, Toggle Trouble Math, Lego Island, Mechwarrior 2, Descent 2, etc. These games helped me pass many an hour as a child, and they undoubtedly had an impact on my identity, both then and now. However, it wasn’t until I got my very first gaming console, a refurbished PSX already bundled with a DualShock controller, that gaming became a truly integral part of my life. Continue reading