Category Archives: Breakdown

Breakdown – Stock Characters

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While the study of dramatic characters is something normally reserved for high school English, it can easily be applied to video games!  The idea of the stock character has been around since ancient Greece, and throughout history, has evolved and become a pool of character types that storytellers often draw upon to include easily identifiable individuals in their work.

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Breakdown: Identifying with Squall Leonhart

Squall Leonhart is one of those Final Fantasy characters that people either love or hate. Okay, they either like him, or hate him. No one really loves the guy. I’m sure some do, but I’m generalizing for the sake of a stupid joke, so go with it. Squall isn’t too popular, and it’s likely because he’s cold and aloof. The thing is, when Final Fantasy VIII first came out, I hated it…until I beat it, then I immediately played through it a second time, because I realized how much I loved it.  If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you may remember that I’m a sucker for a good romance in a video game, and Final Fantasy VIII had that.  You may question just why Rinoa ever fell for Squall in the first place, or whether or not Squall was living during the majority of the game.

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Huge Announcement: Writing for Retroware TV!

I’m too excited to sleep.  I haven’t been this excited about something since getting pulled into Gaming Rebellion full time.  I’ve been selected to write a new column for Retroware TV.  I think this is an incredible opportunity that I can’t pass up.  When I first saw the announcement for writers go up on Retroware’s Twitter account, I figured I’d give it a shot. After filling out an application showcasing my previous work for Gaming Rebellion, Jeremy Pierce aka The Gaming Futurist got back to a group of applicants with a new task.  I wrote a short article for them to show them what I could do.  I was nervous about my submission, but I went with it.  A few weeks later, and I get the email from Mike Anthony, who writes Still Loading, saying I got the gig.

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So now I have an exciting challenge ahead of me that I no doubt will tackle.  My Break Down series that I have been writing for the better part of this year will be moving to Retroware, with the blessing of our Editor in Chief, Aggro Sky.  I’ll be starting up a similar column analyzing MODERN games at Gaming Rebellion.  Break Down will continue to cover narratives in retro video games, but you will now find it at Retroware TV’s website.  I’m very happy to take on this new opportunity and I’d like to thank the fine people at Retroware TV for taking a chance on an old video game junkie.

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Breakdown: Big Boss – The Fall of a Legend Part 2

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*SPOILER ALERT* Spoilers for the entire Metal Gear Solid series follow. Read at your own risk!

Naked Snake, now known as Big Boss, was a growing legend in the black ops world after his exploits in Russia in 1964.  After killing his mentor, The Boss, Naked Snake ended up fighting in various regional conflicts around the world, including Mozambique in 1966.  Sometime in 1970, Big Boss was captured by his former unit, FOX.  The unit had gone rogue, and was looking for the Philosopher’s Legacy.

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Breakdown: Big Boss – The Fall of a Legend Part 1

The Greatest Warrior of the 20th Century was known as many names: John, Jack, Saladin, The Legendary Soldier, The Legendary Mercenary, Vic Boss, Naked Snake, and most notably, Big Boss. Big Boss is a legend to most of the known world. He has fought in battles in countless countries throughout the world, such as Korea, Vietnam, Columbia, Russia, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Early in his career, Big Boss was a heroic figure, a man that stood up for what he believed in and even saved the world on numerous occasions.

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Breakdown – Proto Man: Friend or Foe?

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I talk a lot about great stories and complex characters in my articles, but honestly, sometimes it’s fun to analyze characters that have about as much dialogue in their entire game series as others do in a single scene. Story in the Mega Man franchise is usually limited to Dr. Wily’s scheme to take over the world, and his attempt to frame other characters and lead Mega Man astray while he pulls the strings behind the scenes. The Mega Man series has a lot of unique characters, but none are very fleshed out and they mostly fit some sort of archetype.

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Breakdown: Ghostbusters III

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Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are my two favorite movies of all time. I will not watch one without the other. Ghostbusters II was the first movie I remember seeing in the movie theater when it was released in 1989. I’ve been a fan of these movies for as long as I can remember… and for as long as the Internet has been around, rumors of Ghostbusters III were present. I’m in the camp of Ghostbusters fans who would have loved to see a third movie starring our favorite scientists, Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, and the layman member of the Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore.

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