The Healing Powers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

(Image Credit: Gamespot) As the world has rapidly changed due to the COVID-19 crisis, human connection has become increasingly more difficult to come by, and when it does in small doses online, it can’t compare to the intimacy of real-life interactions and touch. However, with the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), Nintendo is slowly but surely stitching parts of the world back together with therapeutic gameplay and the ability to visit friends in an adorable utopia.   In the world of ACNH, players are whisked off on a getaway vacation package and placed on a deserted island (with Tom […]

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Sony Might Bring Us The Silent Hills Reboot We’ve All Been Waiting For

(Image credit: Konami) As you’ll recall from my last article, horror fans all across Twitter have been channeling their Sherlock Holmes’ deduction skills to decipher the cryptic clues Hideo Kojima has been leaving about a potential reboot of the infamous Silent Hills series. While Kojima Productions has yet to make any official announcements regarding these claims, a reputable gaming publication has leaked information stating that a revival is in the works by Sony.  Rely On Horror is a horror gaming coverage site, dedicated to covering the best major and indie horror games of our time. On March 12th, they published […]

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Kojima Productions Teases Their Next Project and Fans Think It’s Silent Hill

Hot on the heels of Death Stranding, Kojima Productions tweeted on February 28th what seems to be a teaser for their next game. Despite the lack of official news, fans across Twitter were in a frenzy speculating that the project could be Silent Hills. Pictured above is Aki Saito, the head of communications of Kojima Productions, writing on a post-it note. While seemingly a simple photo, the super sleuths of social media have pointed out a bunch of clues that may be nods to Silent Hill. (Pepe Silvia meme. Know Your Meme, Literally Media, 2018, knowyourmeme.com/memes/pepe-silvia.) Perhaps the most obvious […]

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Nintendo’s New Horizons Switch and the Dreaded 1 Island Rule

(image credit @ Eurogamer) (image credit @ Animal Crossing World) Animal Crossing fans have been freaking out this week since Nintendo announced the New Horizons special edition Switch for the game! Sporting an updated paint job and adorable Animal Crossing graphics, the new console is as cute as it gets and is already a contender for the best Valentines gift you can get your paws on. The new console features: Pastel green and blue JoyCons with white on the rails and backs, along with matching straps A precious painting of Tom Nook and his kids on an island, holding an […]

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The Delay of Cyberpunk 2077 and the Horrors of Crunch

(image credit: CD Projekt Red) Cyberpunk 2077 is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of 2020, from its promising premise of an open world RPG in a dark, dystopian future to its star-studded celebrity cameos featuring a smouldering Keanu Reeves. Originally announced to come out on April 16th, fans have eagerly been waiting to get their hands on a copy. However, due to the fact that the current-gen consoles aren’t powerful enough to run the game properly, the studio behind the title, CD Projekt Red (most notably known as the creators of the Witcher series), has delayed its […]

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Death Stranding and the Blurring of Games and Film

Steam Ever since its release on November 8th, it’s become virtually impossible to explore the gaming sphere without hearing about Hideo Kojima’s widely anticipated Death Stranding. Highly regarded as one of the most acclaimed video game designers in the industry for his Metal Gear Solid series, Kojima is known for his highly cinematic game direction. During his childhood, he developed a strong passion for film and literature, and it shows in his signature cut-scenes that reference the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, and Orson Welles.  His newest bizarre masterpiece takes place in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by a […]

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DMG on Horror and Empowerment

Although Halloween has long since passed, I still find myself consumed with haunting thoughts. This is due greatly to the Writing for Text-Based Horror Games workshop I attended acouple weeks ago. Hosted by Dames Making Games (DMG) on October 24th and co-presented by Kaitlin Tremblay, the lead narrative designer of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion, and speculative fiction author/games critic, Natalie Zed, it was an incredibly chilling and educational night. If you aren’t familiar with them yet, DMG is a not-for-profit video game arts organization, dedicated to creating spaces for marginalized creators interested/working in the games industry. They offer lessons on programming and design, provide […]

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