Towards a New Theory of Video Game Genre

Video game genre terms have been with us for decades now, and while language has shifted over time, many of them remain woefully undescriptive. What, precisely, is an “action” game, and why is an FPS considered distinct? How does “adventure” encompass both point-and-click narrative games and Zelda titles? And what does Metroidvania…

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The Growing Community of FFXIV Roleplaying Venues

It’s 2:45 a.m. on a Monday morning, and I’m performing my weekly ritual: playing five different arrangements of “Despacito” in a row at closing time in a Final Fantasy XIV roleplaying bar. It’s a joke between myself and my friend Allison Brown, one of the owners of the Gin Ironic.…

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FFXIV Player Bands Are Bringing Concerts to Eorzea

Note: For privacy reasons, interviewees are referred to as either their FFXIV screen names or band names in this article. It’s a perfectly normal day in Gridania as you stroll through the dappled trees and over to the Lancer’s Guild, looking for the latest quest or just poking your head…

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The FFXIV Cruise Chaser Mount Reignites Debate Over Paid Cosmetics

A few weeks ago, Final Fantasy XIV dropped the highly anticipated Cruise Chaser mount for $30 on its Mog Station digital store. The mount, along with the recent influx of vocal World of Warcraft players, has reignited a debate over having to pay real money for items rather than earning…

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