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I love to learn. And I love to share what I've learned with others. My articles have been read over 2 1/2 million times so I guess I must be doing something right.

I've always been a big reader and I've done a fair bit of writing over the years as well. My favorite genres are horror, fantasy, and science fiction, but I also have a passion for classic literature. Nothing compares to the greats like Proust, Joyce, Tolstoy, Kafka, Chekhov and other past masters.

Outside of reading and writing, my two main interests are video games and the nature of conscious experience and its relation to thought. I know. Weird. But I have spent a lot of time studying things like psychology, hypnotism, cognitive therapy, mysticism, philosophy, and literature. One of my big interests is the relationship between the fictional worlds we create for movies, books, games, etc., and the real world. Does escaping into virtual worlds impoverish our life or enrich it?

I currently write mostly about game design and issues affecting the game industry, but I plan on branching out into other areas as well. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

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  • 5

    We Need More Video Games That Don't Force You To Kill People

    12 months ago

    Violent video games can be a great way to blow off steam, but sometimes it seems like they're the only kind of game in town. Here are three ideas for games that reward players for saving lives.

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    Should More Games Offer Customizable Characters?

    12 months ago

    Is there a simple solution to the problem of diversity in video games? Many games already allow the player to customize their character. This is why I think more games should follow their lead.

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    Do We Need More Playable Female Characters in Video Games?

    13 months ago

    These are the results of my study of gender bias in over 400 video games.

  • 0

    Grouvee - A Goodreads for Video Games

    13 months ago

    Grouvee is a new social networking site for gamers. Record your catalog, rate and review your favorites, and make connections with other players.

  • 1

    How to Make a Custom Hireling in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    Creating custom followers for Skyrim isn't hard, but they lack some of the polish of the original characters. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to take an 'easy' follower, like the one created in my previous tutorial,...

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    How to Create a Custom Follower and Marriage Partner for Skyrim

    3 years ago

    Bored of the vanilla followers in Skyrim? Can't find the perfect marriage partner? If you own a PC copy of the game, you can rectify this disappointing state of affairs by creating a companion of your very own. Although...

  • 9

    How to Make A Skyrim Character That Looks Like Any Character in the Game

    3 years ago

    Have you ever wanted a Skyrim character that looks like Aela or Ulfric? With the Creation Kit, you can make a new character look like any character in the game by following a few easy steps. This tutorial is noob...

  • 10

    Free Games Like Plants vs Zombies

    13 months ago

    If you're a fan of Plants vs. Zombies, or have always been curious about it, you may be happy to know that there are several clones which you can play for free in your browser. While not quite as good as the original...

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    Invested: How Good Game Mechanics Hook Players

    3 years ago

    Why do people like some games, but not others? If good graphics don't make up for bad gameplay, why do developers keep making these kinds of games? Is 'dumbing down' a bad thing, or a good thing? What's the difference...

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    A Line Drawn in Blood: Survival Horror vs. Action Horror

    3 years ago

    Has survival horror been swallowed up by big publishers and action-heavy game mechanics or is it on the brink of a new era? In this hub I discuss a couple of key points that distinguish survival horror from action...

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    Protest Votes and Video Games: The Metacritic Mambo

    22 months ago

    Ah, Metacritic, how I love to hate you. Why do so many people completely lose their mind when it comes to voting on video games? Players complain about bias in professional game reviews, but if this is the alternative,...

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    Titan Quest - Best of the Diablo Clones?

    22 months ago

    If you're looking for a good hack and slash RPG to tide you over until Diablo 3, Titan Quest is a safe bet. Titan Quest offers excellent visuals, addictive gameplay and a robust character build system. If you're a fan...

  • 9

    Art and Integrity: The Mass Effect 3 Controversy

    13 months ago

    Do fans have a right to demand new endings for Mass Effect 3? Does BioWare have a right to ignore those demands in the interest of preserving artistic integrity? I don't think it's a cut-and-dried issue, and I think...

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    Is Skyrim a Role-Playing Game?

    3 years ago

    Is Skyrim a role-playing game? For some reason, people are very divided about Skyrim's classification as an RPG. While labels don't affect the quality of a game, you can often learn something useful from investigating...

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    Open World, Free Roaming, and Sandbox Video Games

    22 months ago

    In my opinion, many of the best games that have ever been made have been open world, free roaming sandbox games. In this hub, I talk a little bit about the difference between linear and non-linear gameplay elements and...

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    Digital Dolls: Our Obsession with Making Hot Characters

    3 years ago

    Anybody who spends a lot of time in forums for video games that allow you to customize your character's appearance know just how seriously some players take it. In this article, I explore some of the impulses behind...

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    How to Build Interesting Characters in Skyrim

    13 months ago

    Skyrim gives you a lot of freedom to create exactly the kind of character you want to create. For a lot of people, however, it's almost too much of a good thing. How do you create really interesting and really...

  • 9

    Where Did the Challenge Go? The Problem with Skyrim

    3 years ago

    One of the biggest complaints that players have about Skyrim is how easy it is. It is often compared unfavorably with Dark Souls, which seems to satisfy a masochistic urge that many gamers have to challenge themselves....

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    A Little Evil Goes a Long Way: Why So Many Children in Horror Movies are Evil

    3 years ago

    Evil children are a staple of horror films but have you ever wondered why? What is it about children in horror that does such a good job creeping us out, and why do people have such strong reactions to these characters?

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    Web Shows Worth Watching

    13 months ago

    Looking for something good to watch on YouTube? In the morass of sub-standard Internet banality available online, it can be hard to find web shows that produce real comedic gold. Here are five web series that I think...

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    Skyrim Machinima: Not the Dovahkiin You're Looking For

    3 years ago

    Machinima is a movie genre that uses game technology: by recording in-game footage and applying voice overs and music tracks, indie artists can create some pretty impressive short films at very little cost. While...

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    Skyrim: Simple Fixes (They Should Have Made)

    3 years ago

    Here's my list of simple fixes that could have gone a long way toward improving most players' experience of Skyrim. These are all very easy fixes that don't make any radical changes to the way the game plays but that...

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    Creating Skyrim Mods with the Creation Kit

    3 years ago

    The Creation Kit is finally here! If you're a Skyrim fan and a PC gamer, you no doubt already know about this amazing tool. Now you can finally get your hands on it (for free!) and start creating mods for one of the...

  • 5

    The Rules of Immersion: Why RPG Gamers Fight All the Time

    3 years ago

    Anyone who's spent any amount of time in a forum dedicated to RPGs know that defining what is and what isn't a role-playing game is something of an irresistible temptation. Conflicting definitions tend to lead to...

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    What Makes a Great Role-Playing Video Game?

    3 years ago

    How do you define role-playing video games? What exactly are 'RPG elements'? Having spent a lot of time playing these games, I've decided to talk about a few of the common elements I find in most, if not all, computer...

  • 7

    Warrior, Wizard, Thief: Class, Balance and Archetypes in Computer RPGs

    3 years ago

    Think it's easy to balance a computer role-playing game? Think again. This article explores some of the issues that face designers of RPGs when trying to balance different class and skill combinations. For serious...

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    How to Change the FOV in Skyrim

    3 months ago

    If you're getting headaches or suffer from motion sickness when playing Skyrim, you can often alleviate these symptoms by changing the FOV. Learn how to do that and increase your enjoyment.

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    How to Download and Create Saved Games for Skyrim

    2 years ago

    One of the great things about PC gaming is the ease and convenience of sharing saved games. If swapping game saves seems like an odd idea to you, think again. Save game sharing provides many interesting advantages and...

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    How to Create Beautiful Characters in Skyrim

    3 months ago

    This tutorial will show you how to create better looking characters by combining theory with practice.

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    Ten Tips for Better Role-Playing in Skyrim

    3 months ago

    Are you looking for a deeper role-playing experience? Skyrim was made for role-players, and gives you plenty of ways to lose yourself in another time and place. These 10 tips can help make your role-playing experience...

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    A Tale of Two Exploits: Skill Perks and Character Leveling in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    One of the hottest topics in the Skyrim forums these days is whether or not certain skills are too under- or over-powered. This article takes a look at some of the complex factors that go into designing these game...

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    The Well-Appointed Bandit: The Case for Level Scaling

    13 months ago

    Level scaling has been a hotbed of dissent in the Elder Scrolls community for years and reached its peak with the introduction of outrageously well-armed and armored bandits in Oblivion. In this hub, I'm going to take a...

  • 13

    Is There a Right Way to Play Skyrim?

    3 years ago

    In spite of the games enormous popularity, there is a veritable tempest in a teapot over at the Bethesda forums about how to play Skyrim. Is it a 'true' role-playing game? Is it 'broken' or 'completely unbalanced'?...

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    Fast Travel and Narrative Elision in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    Love it or hate it, fast travel is a bone of contention among RPG gamers. This article takes a closer look at the misunderstood mechanic to see where it goes wrong and how it could be fixed.

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    How to Remove the Compass and Crosshair in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    Skyrim is a fantastic game, but if you're a hard-core role-player, you may find even Skyrim's minimal HUD interface a little distracting. (Or helpful!) In this tutorial, I'll show you how to disable the crosshair and...

  • EDITOR'S CHOICE14

    How to Turn Off Quest Markers and Fast Travel in Skyrim

    3 years ago

    Do you find the quest markers in Skyrim a little distracting? Is fast travel a little too convenient and a little too tempting? Do they make completing the quests a little too easy? You can turn off quest markers and...

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    How to Change Your Appearance and Name in Skyrim

    3 months ago

    Learn how to change your Skyrim character's name and appearance later in the game by using the console.

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    How to Take Screenshots in Skyrim

    3 months ago

    This guide will show you how to take a screenshot with or without the HUD and how to take them using the Steam screenshot manager. You can use the images as wallpaper, too!

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    How to Change the Timescale in Skyrim

    5 weeks ago

    Does the time in Skyrim move too quickly or too slow for you? Find out how to change the game setting that controls this so you can play at your own pace.

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    How to Translate, Rotate, and Scale 3D Objects in Blender

    3 years ago

    Have you always wanted to create your own 3D models? Would you like to create beautiful CG art and stunning 3D animations? Do you need to create assets for your game and can't afford 3D Studio Max or Maya? This tutorial...

  • 7

    Modding Video Games

    18 months ago

    Ever wanted to change something in a game you were playing? Ever wished you could change the way your character looks or make enemies harder to kill? Then what you want is a mod. This hub explains the wacky and...

  • 5

    Blender Free Open Source 3D Modeling and Animation Software

    13 months ago

    Blender is a free, open source 3D modeling and animation suite that comes with a built-in game engine. Although it is not as widely known or supported as 3D Studio Max and Maya, it has a large and enthusiastic...

  • EDITOR'S CHOICE7

    How to Make Video Games, Part 1: Pick Your Class!

    13 months ago

    Do you play video games obsessively? Do you dream of one day making your own? This is the first in a series of tutorials that will introduce you to the weird and wonderful art and science of video game design. Warning:...

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    The Lefkoe Method

    18 months ago

    Is the Lefkoe Method for eliminating limiting beliefs and behaviors too good to be true? I tried the sample, and it made me curious for more; but what are other people saying? Try it yourself and let us know what you...

  • 4

    Free Online Education with the Khan Academy

    3 years ago

    Looking for a great, free online educational resource? Join Salman Khan in his quest to revolutionize education world-wide. Achieve mastery in a variety of subjects and have fun doing it.

  • 9

    Self-Discipline, the Easy Way

    3 years ago

    Do bad habits wreak havoc in your life? Does your lack of self-discipline prevent you from reaching your full potential? Try this unique approach to bulking up your mental muscles. So simple you'll wonder why you didn't...

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