From Quill to Quest Item

Writer

With a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts and his service in the public library system, Marcelo Gusmão’s considerable experience has served him and this endeavor well. Since joining Steam-Funk Studios in 2018, he’s demonstrated a blend of exacting, finely honed analysis, boundless creativity and skillful interpretation, all framed by a vigorous joie de vivre for all things nerd culture. A key member of SFS’ Intermediate writing and editorial staff, he’s penned several series.

Articles

  • From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    From Quill to Quest Item—Series Conspectus

    There’s more to your favorite interactive entertainment than meets the eye! Join us for an examination of video games as a reimagined presentation of tropes from classical theater and text as seen and interpreted through the eyes of an enthusiast of all three.

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  • Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Emerald Cities and Scarlet Queens

    Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is largely regarded as a modern classic, but the influences from the works of Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum cannot be ignored. Here we see which characters are takes on memorable figures from Wonderland and the Land of Oz, and we discern which themes carry through between the stories.

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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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • ‘What’s Past is Prologue…’—FF8 as Shakespeare’s The Tempest