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  • Fenrir and Finality

    Fenrir and Finality

    Final Fantasy VII is a story where the main characters hopelessly battle against a self-proclaimed god who seeks to end the world. Naturally, this pulls inspiration from one of the oldest end-of-the-world scenarios in human history; the Norse myth of Ragnarok.

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  • Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    Sin, Predestination and The Legacy of Kain

    A text that discards the whimsy of the previous decades to center on adult themes and antiheroism, Legacy of Kain and its sequel, Soul Reaver are games steeped in the concept of destiny, especially as examined through the lenses of Greek tragedy, the Judeo-Christian Bible, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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  • The Price of Fan Demand

    The Price of Fan Demand

    Much ado has been made about Disney’s management of Star Wars. Regardless of where one’s opinion falls, leadership has made some inarguably dubious choices. But consumer demand has forced art to contort beyond the writer’s intent before… The famous Sherlock may hold the key.

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  • ‘Abandon All Hope’—Akumajo Dracula and Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • ‘What’s Past is Prologue…’—FF8 as Shakespeare’s The Tempest
  • ‘Forbidden Alchemy’—Diablo III as blend of Three Stories

    ‘Forbidden Alchemy’—Diablo III as blend of Three Stories

    The Diablo franchise’s third outing builds to a gut-punch of a tragedy involving the ultimately innocent figure of Leah. In sussing through this seemingly senseless tragedy, we find answers in Greek mythology, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Lolita. But these sources have more in common than simple loss of agency.

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  • Oliver Queen and the Outlaw of Sherwood Forest

    Oliver Queen and the Outlaw of Sherwood Forest

    The title of Emerald Archer refers to DC’s Green Arrow as easily as England’s national hero, Robin Hood. In this essay, we identify just how deep this comparison goes, looking into his publication history, personal backstory, supporting cast, and his adoption of leftist values in the 1970s.

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  • ‘All World’s a Stage’—Final Fantasy VI’s Various Influences

    ‘All World’s a Stage’—Final Fantasy VI’s Various Influences

    Each new installment of the franchise introduced generations of gamers to the wide-reaching plots, with stunning visuals, and complex characters. While not as prominent as fan favorites FF7 and FFX, much of this model’s success can be attributed to Final Fantasy V. A landmark synthesis of these elements, FF6 features some deep theatrical and cultural…

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  • Re-Render Bender—Mario to Metroidvania
  • Fresh Painted Pixels: Graphic Recycling, Good and Bad