A game that uses punishment to tell a riveting story

DAY TWELVE: THE LAST ONE, IN WHICH THE HARUSPEX ENDS WITH A SEMICOLON

Imagine this: It’s Russia in the early 20th century and you are a young surgeon — a haruspex — named Artemy Burakh. Your father has summoned you home, his letter to you concerning. It’s been over six years since you’ve stepped foot in your hometown. Everyone’s a stranger to you by now.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s success and stumbles in the TV tie-in video game scene

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a supernatural teen drama that influenced pop culture. Originally aired on the WB in 1997, the series ended in 2003, completing seven seasons and 144 episodes. The show allowed us to watch Buffy Summers’ journey as she navigated being both a high school student and as someone destined to fight supernatural creatures.

For most, this was their introduction to serialized television. The show continues to be given notice even after it ended, claiming that “If we really are in a Golden Age of Television, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a harbinger.”

The influence and spread…


Things get pretty weird

The Sonic Bible is an internal document created by SEGA of America during the production of the first Sonic the Hedgehog game. At this time, SEGA of America had almost no idea what the game was going to be about, they just knew they had to develop Sonic’s lore for a western audience.


Death is not an escape, but uninstalling the game is

For the past few years, I’ve been a somewhat active Dead by Daylight player. Every so often, I’ve needed to take a break from the game itself for a few months. Why? This game makes me unreasonably angry. I become the toxic player we have warned you about and the thing is, this is the only game that makes me feel this way.


When characters and lore from the comics become the subject of a bitter copyright dispute

The year is 2008, and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood just released to middling reviews. It’s nothing exceptional: average at best and slow paced at worst, but SEGA was hoping that it would be something to push the Sonic brand in a new direction. Somewhere, Archie comic artist Ken Penders senses a disturbance in the universe.

Developed by BioWare and published by SEGA for the Nintendo DS, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is the series’ first and only full RPG title, focusing on exploration and combat rather than speed-based levels. The story focuses on Sonic and friends retrieving the chaos…


The story of the cult-classic darling that couldn’t

Sometimes described as “that lover from your past you still sigh for, the one that took your world by storm and drove you crazy with longing — the one that makes every new relationship in your life a little pale in comparison,” Vampire: the Masquerade — Bloodlines was released in 2004. It sold less than a million copies and was so riddled with bugs that it was borderline unplayable upon release. The game was a commercial failure. Why do we still talk about it?

Developed by Troika Studios, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines is an action RPG based on the…


Also…it might’ve been a stolen idea

The year is 2003 and Vision Scape Interactive is gearing up to propose their new spin-off to SEGA, a skateboarding game called Sonic Extreme.


The more I dig, the worse it gets.

Interview With the Vampire (1994) © Warner Bros.

I finally picked up The Vampire Chronicles after putting it off for a few years, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I finished Interview With the Vampire recently and I’m excited to move onto The Vampire Lestat. It’s safe to say that these works of fiction are highly regarded in the gothic literature spheres for their openly queer characters and strong, dark imagery. But everyone seems reluctant to personally praise Anne Rice for her works. Why is that?

The answer is simple: Fanfiction.

Fanfiction, for those who don’t know, is works of fiction that feature previously established characters from other pieces…


A tale of crunches, team division, and bad reviews

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) was supposed to be the franchise’s first step into the HD gaming. It’s safe to say that this game tripped and fell at the doorway. First announced at E3 2005, Sonic the Hedgehog was a 3D platformer that took advantage of the Havok Physics engine. To say that the fanbase was excited was an understatement. This was the beloved blue blur’s first foray into HD and the highly choreographed and scripted demo revealed at E3 looked almost too good to be true (fans would find out later that it was).

August T.

August is a self-proclaimed Sonic the Hedgehog historian and vampire lover. Writer at SUPERJUMP.

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