Product archive: heroes week 2013 Archives - Twinfinite [ 7 ]

 

Heroes Week – Whose Hero is it Anyways?

Between hugely popular, blockbuster-movie type superheroes such as Iron Man and Thor, pop culture has made it pretty clear what the masses define as a “superhero”. However, here we decide to discuss the concept of heroes in gaming, some not-so-heroic heroes, all tempered by a touch of narcissistic self-heroism. I guess it was intended to be more empowering than self-glorifying, but come on, when has Tony Stark ever given someone a compliment? It’s that particular, well, “personality quirk” where self [...]

Heroes Week – Final Fantasy VI and the Redemptive Journey of Celes Chere

Whether you are rescuing the princess, saving the galaxy, or retrieving your diamond skull, the role you play in a video game is essentially that of a hero within the context of the game’s story. The term ‘hero’ is a tricky one however; it’s something that everybody intrinsically understands, but uses different vocabulary and examples to describe. To me, a great video game hero is one who struggles both internally and externally during the course of the story. Seeing an [...]

Heroes Week – Solaire of Astora

My first meeting with Solaire was hardly what I expected. I’d finally delivered the killing blow to Dark Souls’ first proper boss, the Taurus Demon, a feat that felt Herculean at the time. Being a newblood whelp to the game, scaling the castle walls of Lordran and slaying the hammer-swinging minotaur was a thousand times the feat that it is now; it was something to be feared, and something that still gave that rewarding rush of blood to the head [...]

 

Heroes Week – Positive Gamers Episode 5

It’s perfect that Chris called for a hero theme this week as I’ve had this episode in the back burner for awhile now. I’ll be more frequent about all of these scripts some day. For now, this is an open letter to the people of the video game community (and people anywhere, really). A call to arms to rise up above the verbal abuse that goes on online and say you will not take part. A call for people to [...]

Heroes Week – Evolution of the Multi-Faceted Gaming Hero

This week is our self-proclaimed Heroes Week!  To commemorate heroism in gaming, I have decided to examine heroes of the past versus heroes of the present, what limitations contribute to their differences, why some heroes haven’t changed at all since their conception, and why a gaming hero doesn’t need superpowers.  STRAP IN! Let’s start out with a pretty clear cut protagonist who has had virtually no dynamic growth since his first appearance in 1981: Mario.  He was saving a princess [...]

Heroes Week – A Forgotten Hero

My favorite game of all time is Final Fantasy Tactics. I make no secret of this. There are multiple characters that do amazingly heroic things and some that do things truly villainous, but there is only one that tries to right the wronged and he is simply forgotten for 400 years. The story of Ivalice is rich in conflict. It begins at the end of 50 years of fighting for territory when a truce is called in the now weakened [...]

Heroes Week – Welcome!

My birthday is this week and I figured I’d do something special to celebrate me. So I took to the press room with an idea. Seeing as how my birthday is so close to Independence Day here, I figured we could gather together some stories for the entire week celebrating heroes. Heroes are people that go above and beyond to help others. They are what this entire industry was built around and as an RPG gamer, it is what I [...]