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Fallout: The first modern role-playing game

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. It wasn't supposed to be Fallout. After the role-playing game genre crashed in 1995, new models ...

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What gives role-playing games their longevity?

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Ask an RPG fan for a recommendation, and you are perhaps as likel...

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The year role-playing games broke

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. The most important year in western role-playing history was also its worst. The late 1980s and early...

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The future of the Western role-playing game

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Here in November, we're nearing the end of the current console ge...

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When sports and role-playing games collide

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. I'm in a tense conflict. My party of five characters faces off ...

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No Violence Necessary: The case for The Sims as a role-playing game

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Is combat a necessary component of a role-playing game? It doesn't seem to be, by any number of comm...

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Building a better role-playing game story

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Getting story right in role-playing games is crucial. Even if n...

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Why skills are in, attributes are out in modern role-playing games

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. It took four or five levels gained for me to realize something wa...

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Lighten up!: On thematic consistency in role-playing games

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. One of my all-time favorite role-playing games features a militaristic, near-fascist race of rhinoce...

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The delightful smoothness of classic Japanese role-playing games

This week, Rowan Kaiser and Kat Bailey have switched roles -- with Rowan taking lead in this week's column focusing on the wonderful world of Japanese role-playing games. I was only defeated once in Suikoden. Even that was an accident – I thoug...

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What makes role-playing game combat good?

This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Last week's column on changes in role-playing combat systems through history ruffled a few feath...

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Gamecube gets a role playing game: Tales of Symphonia

Gamecube has not been the go-to console for role playing games. But the cute little box is about to get a new one and it's called Tales of Symphonia. The title has just gone gold so you'll probably see it on the shelves in July. The game doesn't use...

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Love and romance in the world of Massive Multi Online Role Playing Games

Here's a special feature on the human side of MMORPGs from guest columnist Miss B, a dedicated MMORPGer with over a year of Lucas Arts' Star Wars Galaxies under her game playing belt: At the core of playing any Massive Multi Online Rol...

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FanPoll'08: Music Game of the Year / Role-Playing Game of the Year

Rock Band 2 destroyed the competition grabbing 66% of the vote to be named the X3F Community Music Game of the Year. Guitar Hero: World Tour unfortunately could never close the gap and Lips ... well, now we know how many units it sold! Get ready ...

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Still finding love in turn-based Japanese role-playing games

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has...

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