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MINIGAME: Is the Ending of ‘Firewatch’ Satisfying or Disappointing?

Jan. 14, 2019

Firewatch gets a lot of criticism for its conclusion, but the anticlimactic ending was sort of the point. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel). Each bite-sized episode dive…

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MINIGAME: How to Reboot a Franchise and Win GOTY

Dec. 24, 2018

This year’s God of War and Tomb Raider titles were reboots of beloved franchises. One of them won Game of the Year, while the other was quickly forgotten. Michael explores why. Minigame is a short essay series produced and h…

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MINIGAME: American Idealism in ‘Red Dead Redemption’

Nov. 12, 2018

In Red Dead Redemption, John Marston is a man of a bygone era tasked with murdering the past, all in the name of progress. The same progress that will inevitably come for all of us. Minigame is a short essay series produced …

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MINIGAME: A Eulogy for Telltale Games

Oct. 15, 2018

Telltale Games may no longer exist, but its games and stories will stay with us forever. We look back at how the developer revolutionized storytelling in video games. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by M…

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MINIGAME: Building Empathy in ‘Bury me, my Love’

Sept. 10, 2018

It’s one thing to read about the Syrian refugee crisis in an article, or to see it on TV. But only a video game like Bury me, my Love could make the tragedy feel so real. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted …

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MINIGAME: How Telltale Games Reinvented the Joker

Aug. 20, 2018

For the better part of a decade, the Joker has been portrayed as the same cackling, murderous maniac. In their Batman series, Telltale Games shows us a Joker we’ve never seen. Minigame is a short essay series produced and ho…

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MINIGAME: Making Your Own Lore in ‘No Man’s Sky’

July 30, 2018

The story is whatever you make it in No Man’s Sky. Only a video game can give you the tools and the world to craft a narrative only you can. That’s why we love games. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by M…

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MINIGAME: The Power of Imagination in ‘The Adventures of Captain Spirit’

July 16, 2018

Michael discusses how Dontnod Entertainment, the developers of Life is Strange, explore the imagination of a young child in their latest demo. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristh…

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MINIGAME: Family Mysteries in ‘Her Story’

June 4, 2018

Her Story is not a game about solving a murder mystery. Instead, it’s a story about solving a family mystery, which is what makes the game so engrossing. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…

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MINIGAME: The Organic Storytelling of ‘Beyond: Two Souls’

May 21, 2018

Beyond: Two Souls has no codex or blunt exposition about its lore. Instead, it effortlessly teaches players about its world without being overwhelming. That’s an achievement a lot of story-driven games can learn from. Miniga…

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MINIGAME: ‘Knights of the Old Republic II’ and The Death of Tropes

April 30, 2018

Knights of the Old Republic II deconstructed a ton of Star Wars tropes and made players question everything they thought they knew about the Star Wars universe. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael…

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MINIGAME: ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ and The Poetry of Star Wars

April 16, 2018

The first game in the Knights of the Old Republic series plays it safe with a traditional Star Wars storyline. It mirrors the stories in the original and modern film trilogies and proves one thing about the Star Wars univers…

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MINIGAME: Finding Answers in the World of ‘The Witness’

April 2, 2018

The Witness hides its story in plain sight and teaches you to look past the obvious. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes o…

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MINIGAME: Wolfenstein and Healthy Masculinity

March 19, 2018

Wolfenstein is the last place you’d think to look for a healthy masculine hero. But it’d be a mistake to overlook B.J. Blazkowicz. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). E…

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MINIGAME: The Painful Nostalgia of Life is Strange

March 3, 2018

Life is Strange is a game that confronts the realities of nostalgia, and how it can be both painful and unproductive for our lives. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). …