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    Games as Lit. 101 - Portal Analysis

    Hey Escapists! It's been a while since I've been active on these forums, but since then I've gone on to teach a video game literature class to high school students, and I've started a webseries based on the course! This is one of the monthly literary analysis episodes, where I explore the...
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    Praise for CoD: World at War?

    I'm a teacher working on a video series exploring storytelling in video games, and wanting to get a bunch of episodes written before actually putting the series online. Right now, I'm working on an episode exploring the storytelling triumphs and failures of the Call of Duty franchise. World at...
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    Albums That Are Good From Start To Finish:

    "End of Silence," by Red. Just, every song is absolutely wonderful. Their later album, Until We Have Faces, isn't quite as good, but still fantastic. I'd also put "The Heart of Everything," by Within Temptation, on the list.
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    Poll: Which horrible film should my Literature & Film class watch

    Either would serve the purpose well, but for the sake of avoiding potential awkwardness with The Room's decently graphic sex scenes, I'd go for Birdemic.
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    Escape to the Movies: Fall Preview

    Better male actors? Hugh Jackman as Valjean is a freakin' dream, especially for the musical. I'm insanely happy with the casting. Thing about the Liam Neeson movie is that, while the first half was pretty much perfect, the second half raped the story so badly the whole thing left a bad...
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    Escape to the Movies: Fall Preview

    I noticed this too, and it surprised me. Especially considering this is the first time the musical has been adapted to film so completely; short of things like filmed concert editions and such, this is the first time a film has adapted the musical instead of taking its story straight from the...
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    This discussion is for future iterations of the class; I already have this year planned out. I haven't had too much experience with RTS games, and I'm not going to try to teach on a game I haven't played. So I'll play some of the recommended games over the course of the school year, and I'll...
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    It would be worth looking at Age of Empires 2, for a number of reasons. To start with the campaigns do have interesting storylines which follow the trials and travails of certain historical figures with some nice narrative cutscenes. Furthermore the game as a whole is a surprisingly devoted tool...
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    THANK YOU I was waiting for someone to say this Tanya ftw!
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    Dude..... Starcraft.... Duh, imo. :D I always figured it had a nice story. It wasn't spectacular but it always managed to grab you well enough to be pretty interesting.
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    Okay, awesome then. I've seen a lot of people hold the, "It's only good interactive storytelling if it's all about player control," which simply isn't how it works. Guess I jumped to it on that one; sorry about that. But yes, the concept you speak of is certainly a valid one, and it's being...
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    I just thought it worth highlighting because like you say it is unique gaming. I wasn't trying to diminish the value of a established story, just trying to highlight the unique aspect of game.
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    Oh, there are plenty of games fitting the criteria. Many of the best I can't use in the class (be it due to an M-rating since this is a high school class, or because system exclusivity makes them too inaccessible), but they certainly exist. Sure, most video games suck from an artistic...
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    Told you it wasn't good. It isn't. But the campaign is fun.
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    RTS Games With a Good Story?

    Warcraft III and Frozen Throne, obviously. Heard good things about Homeworld,too (not that I ever played it). And Age of Empires I and II do not really have a good story, but their campaigns are definitely fun.