Tag Archives: Ninja Gaiden

The Incredible Machine: Auto-Amputation and Incredipede

What happens to your body when you play games? Or, more specifically, how do you think of your body when you enter a game space, when you begin to identify with not your own self, your “meat,” but rather with … Continue reading

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Challenge is Conflict: How Difficulty Makes Game Narratives Work

Back when Twilight Princess was first released, my girlfriend—who has liberated Hyrule almost as many times as it’s needed it—had only one complaint: it was too easy. The puzzles were well enough designed but a misstep hardly left a scratch … Continue reading

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