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Boss Battles: Expectations and Originality in ‘Metal Gear Solid’

Justinas Staskevicius
Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind the Metal Gear series, once said: “as a creator, I always want to betray fans' expectations.” Throughout his hallmark series, Kojima has done this in many way
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Shadows and Drugs: Our Chat With Compulsion Games’s Guillaume Provost

Justinas Staskevicius
Compulsion Games is a studio known for their unconventional indie titles Contrast and We Happy Few. Based in Montreal, Canada, the studio was founded in 2009 by Guillaume Provost, an industry veteran. Goomba Stomp had the chance to talk with Provost at his studio about his career, early access and...
Blog Features Mass Effect Week

The Evolution of Free Will in Games: The DNA of ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’

Justinas Staskevicius
We are mere weeks away from exploring Andromeda in the latest Mass Effect entry. While the story, action, and sense of adventure drive many players to dive into Mass Effect, the series is also a prime example of player choice in triple-A gaming. Before setting off into the stars, lets...
Capcom Spotlight Mega Man Spotlight

‘Mega Man 9’ and the Revolution that Never Was

Justinas Staskevicius
In 2008, over a decade after the release of Mega Man 8 for the Sega Saturn and original PlayStation, Capcom made waves in the industry by releasing Mega Man 9, a throw back to the original series that sought to innovate by moving backwards.
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Predictions Galore: Hazy Shades of 2017

Justinas Staskevicius
The turkeys have been devoured, the trees are at the curb, and you won’t have to see your family for the next 360 days. Yup, it’s January, it’s a new year, and 2017 is ripe with possibilities. The news stories will flood in over the next 12 months and, while
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The Top 5 ‘Star Wars’ Video Games of All Time

Justinas Staskevicius
Star Wars, two words that for many symbolize the best of what mainstream cinema has to offer. Since 1977, everything from clementines to high heels has used the brand to move product.
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The Definitive Ranking of Every Game at The Game Awards and PSX

Justinas Staskevicius
The biggest weekend in gaming news outside of E3 has come and gone. The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience gave us a lot to be hyped for in the coming months, but which games hyped us the most? This is the ranking of every game shown off during both presentations....
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‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ and the Case for Real Roleplaying in RPGs

Justinas Staskevicius
When playing an RPG that relies heavily on stats, it is easy to get caught up in a numbers game. A “+3 DEX” here, a “+5 STR” there, the Internet is flooded with optimal builds to create a capable character. These builds emphasize game crushing efficiency, and often result in-game...
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Pokémon and the Case for ‘Media Blackout’

Justinas Staskevicius
Go to any prominent video gaming website and you will find spoilers. Large and small, for games released and unreleased, tidbits that, when added up, diminish the overall enjoyment of a game. This is a relatively new phenomenon, but the avid gaming community, who scroll through these sites every day,...