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Avelene Perry


Ogre Battle 64 and the Cost of Revolution

Ogre Battle 64 begins with the player character breaking up with his boyfriend before graduating from military school, where the pope gives him a tarot reading. From there, Quest’s Nintendo 64 strategy RPG gets progressively more obscure, angry, and gay. I love this game for so many reasons: its expansive…

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Dating the Primals of Final Fantasy XIV

Like any MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV offers its players a gluttonous buffet of ways to kill time. The best dish on offer, by far its flashiest and most engaging content, exists in instanced cooperative boss battles called Trials. These pit you against all kinds of gigantic, world-ending threats, and the…

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Navigating the Confusing, Horny World of MMO Roleplay

MMORPGs have always been notorious time-sinks. But no matter how many quests and dungeons these games offer, they all seem to have a sizeable community of roleplayers nonchalantly inhabiting their characters and doing their own thing. It takes a special kind of person to buy into a game this huge,…

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How Enderal Plays With Player Expectations

Enderal, SureAI’s ambitious, mechanically dense Skyrim overhaul mod is not really a mod at all. At this point, it’s better described as a massive roleplaying game that uses Skyrim’s engine and assets to create a new world populated by its own cast of characters. It also tells a substantially darker,…

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Why There Will Never Be a Good Lord of the Rings Video Game

The Lord of the Rings is overrated, sexist, racist, and has been milked by the capitalists at Warner Brothers until the resultant franchise has come to barely resemble J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. Somehow, though, it continues to be good as hell in spite of all that. And with a Tolkien biopic…

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The Five Worst Dates in Dragon Age

Dragon Age is a series of three fantasy RPGs about sarcastic queer people saving the world, being miserable in a bad city, and militarizing the world’s largest religion, respectively. The games have pretty good plots, but the heart of the series is its core cast of characters and how they…

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