Category: Opinion

Blogs from a quarantined college student: Week two

Monday, March 23rd, 2020  Just another day As much as I love the rain, I would LOVE for some sunshine right about now. This weather is terribly dismal at this point and I would really enjoy some warmer weather so I could get outside this week. I’d love to spend some quality time repotting my… Read more »

Blogs from a quarantined college student: Week one

Tuesday: March 17th, 2020 Hello friends 🙂 I never really saw myself as a writer, as much as I love literature and reading, yet here I am. Writing. For the newspaper. This was NOT part of my job description. My name is Maddy Harrison and I am the multimedia editor for the UCM Muleskinner (that… Read more »

Mapping Against Mediocrity: Strategy in horror

Survival horror is a tricky genre to develop for. Immersion is even more important to the genre than it is elsewhere. A single misstep will take players out of the experience, turning a nightmare into nothing more than a mediocre mess. Many games have tried (and failed), to push the envelope in horror.  Horror games… Read more »

“Birds of Prey”—What “Suicide Squad” should have been

The best way to describe “Birds of Prey” is that it’s a spiritual successor to “Suicide Squad,” because it’s everything that “Suicide Squad” was trying to be. “Suicide Squad” was trying to be DC’s answer to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It did this by having a cast of likable outcasts, only with a darker tone… Read more »

Mapping Around Mediocrity: Companionship Over Combat

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. It’s a day where we appreciate our relationships, and express gratitude towards those that have stuck by our sides. This can also be applied to relationships in games.  Relationships in games are often overlooked. Players will sometimes judge a companion purely on practicality, despite the flaws and strengths… Read more »

“Parasite” Review: Class and Family Warfare

“This is a metaphor.” This statement is uttered not once, but twice by young con-artist Kim Ki-woo in the 2019 hit “Parasite”. Director Bong Joon-Ho is no stranger to the metaphor. His breakout film “Memories of Murder” which comments on social policing, his creature-feature “Okja” which deals with capitalism and animal rights, as well as… Read more »

Mapping Around Mediocrity: Show, Don’t Tell

The idea of “show, don’t tell” is important to visual media. To have a story play out in front of a viewer not only gives them a clearer vision of the world, but also allows for the director to add in little elements that reward the viewer should they find them.  In video games, this… Read more »