Topic: Narrative

  • ‘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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