In Defense of the Episodic Structure

A few weeks ago now it was announced that Square Enix was dumping IO Interactive, the developer behind the Hitman series of video games, among others, citing major financial losses due to the titles IO has developed. Almost immediately, the top responses I saw took aim at the episodic structure of Hitman 2016, claiming that this […]

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Optimistic Life: Changing Spaces

Well, shit. I’m moving. And moving, as I’m sure pretty much all of you know, sucks. Packing up everything you own is tedious and stressful, and this is probably the most entrenched in a space I have been since moving away from my parents’ house, and on top of that many of the previous tenants […]

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An Optimistic Blog Facelift

So I’ve been away from the bloggosphere (the blogiverse? The blogdecahedron?) for a little while. I wasn’t sure what direction to take this blog, how to continue. I’ve had several ideas for new content (including a regular lookback series where I review old games) but somewhere along the line I got a full time “adult” […]

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Optimistic Lookback: Dishonored

With the recent release of Dishonored 2, I felt it was time to finally kick off my new semi-regular series, the Optimistic Lookback. This week I’ll be examining Dishonored, Arkane Studios’ 2012 action-stealth game. Dishonored sort of came and went for me back when it was first released. I remember very distinctly reading articles about […]

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Destiny: A Retrospective 

I played Destiny at the very beginning. Like any MMO, the first build of Destiny was very different than what it has become today but, unlike most other MMOs what players were promised and what we got were two wildly different things. I followed the hype loosely, paying vague attention to the promises Bungie and […]

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