The Dark Growing Within: Lore Speculation on Dark Souls 2 and the DLC (Spoilers)

Dark Souls’ final DLC is to come out a week from today, assuming no delays. The last of the three ‘Crown’ DLCs, it will deal with the Ivory King’s royal headpiece, and his wintery kingdom.

Warning: Spoilers ahead of varying degrees. If you haven’t beaten at least the core game, you might get spoiled.

Also, a lot of this info is supplemented by analysis by Youtube videos analyzing the Dark Souls Lore and providing interpretations. VaatiVidya is the one I use the most, but many other ones like Hellkite Drake and Silver Mont are interesting, as well. Credit where credit is due. Check them out and decide for yourself if their evaluations are correct.

Finally, lots of nerd speculation and fantheories in this blog post. It’s my blog, I can write what I want. Having a background in English Literature makes you obsess over meaningless interpretation like this, and I enjoy it. So take it for what it is.

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Gaming Solipsism: The Death of Offline Play

By Alexander Leach

Diablo 3 isn’t high on my wish list for games to play. I’m shifting back into the mindset where I rarely play new games (saving money and stress by waiting a few months, at the risk of being spoiled for it). Most of what I’ve heard of the game is rather intriguing; it appears to be a solid third game in the series, with a decent single-player story.

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Humber Et Cetera Watch: Used Video Games

I’m afraid I missed last week’s post, so I’ll be doing two this week. In the meantime, here’s my op-ed on used video games from the Humber Et Cetera:

War on used video games costs us

That’s it?! Mass Effect players taking action against Bioware for ME3 ending

Players of Mass Effect 3 have donated to the Child's Play charity to 'express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love.' PHOTO COURTESY OF MASSEFFECT.COM

By Alexander Leach

Apparently the Mass Effect 3 ending is so bad as to personally offend people.

A fan filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against BioWare for false advertising, if the game’s ending is not changed.

On top of this, you have the Child’s Play charity petition – which BioWare has responded to in a typically-noncommittal, PR-friendly way – which has led to donations of $71,464.25 to the organization, as of my writing this post.

I’m avoiding ME3, for reasons I’ve mentioned in previous blogs. If the ending is, in fact, so bad that it compels people to reexamine their lives and donate their money to charity to affirm their humanity, perhaps it’s a good thing. So I know nothing of the ending, and this blog post will focus mostly on the response itself and my thoughts on it. (more…)

Expand your Adventure: DLC and gameplay experience

By Alexander Leach

Not based on a Green Day song.

Screenshot from Fallout: New Vegas' Lonesome Road DLC, which contained a new area, storyline, weapons, and enemies // PICTURE BY BETHESDA SOFTWORKS

Because I’d be remiss in jumping on the prison wagon of the breakout hit, I’d like to talk about Skyrim. It’s a fantastic game, if buggy to a significant degree and with some slightly annoying balance issues, and it kept me playing for a huge span of time. However, all games have an end – even ones with unlimited random questing.

So, the one thing I’m thinking of now that I’ve beaten the 220+ hours of gameplay: what’s next? Repetitive Radiant quests aside, I’m thinking downloadable content: new adventures to happen alongside the old ones.

While nothing’s announced yet, there have been hints on the way Skyrim’s updates might be going. In this article, Bethesda director Todd Howard said that “ways to make the game better, not just have more, because the game is so big. So we’re going through ideas right now, and processing everything people are doing in the game, and trying to think of ways that we can improve it.”

So….a patch? A really, really big patch you pay for?
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