Emotional Impact in Undertale

Two criteria I believe to be important when discussing Undertale are the depth of complex characters and the games emotional impact on the player. When speaking about the complexity of characters, I will focus on how well the characters come off as people you should care for instead of useless NPCs . When speaking about…

The Importance of Bittersweetness

Like most film adaptations, Edge of Tomorrow does not stay true to All You Need Is Kill, the light novel that it is based off of. In my opinion, the changes made to the protagonist and his relationship with those surrounding him makes it hard to empathize with the movie version of the characters compared…

Creating Feeling in Simple Games

Pippin Barr’s Breaksout takes the retro game known by most people and creates something unique and entertaining. In the original, the player controls a paddle and moves left and right in order to catch a falling ball and cause it to bounce. The objective of the game is to destroy all of the bricks near…

Papers, Please’s Use of Empathy

Jonathan Belman, in his article Designing Games to Foster Empathy, states that games are suited to fostering empathy because “they allow players to inhabit the roles and perspectives of other people or groups”. While playing Papers, Please, I got a first hand look at what Belman meant by this statement. Throughout the game, I was…