Psi-Ops is an opinion-based editorial that is founded on psychological research, literature, and personal knowledge. The opinions expressed are my own. Psychology has a wealth of knowledge which supports the idea that identification with particular social groups helps us, as humans, develop and nurture social networks which provide support, growth […]

Psi-Ops: Why The Console War is Irrelevant

Dragon’s Crown is an exploration in hyper-, whether it’s strength, sexuality or activity this 2D side-scrolling role-playing game reminds me of the vintage Dungeons & Dragons arcade game from the 90’s. Designed by George Kamitani, we see the natural progression and evolution of the side-scroller, or “beat ‘em up” game […]

Dragon’s Crown Review

Many researchers speculate that violence in media has a direct link to aggressive behaviors and actions. There also seems to be particular attention paid to the male population, which caused me to explore whether there is a male predisposition to act more aggressively compared to females. The question then becomes, […]

Deconstructing Video Game Research: Part III

The primordial challenge in video game research is understanding the definitions of aggression used by investigators as they attempt to tease out the intricate details of violent video games (media) and their relationship to acts of aggression.Within the research community there, is a general consensus that the General Aggression Model (GAM) is the best measure of whether or not violent video games lead to an increase in aggression, but part of the disagreement between the research and the public may lie in the volatile nature of how aggression is measured.

Deconstructing Video Game Research: Part I

Shadowrun Returns is the gift fans have been waiting for since the glory days of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. Fans have been aching for a successor to the 1994 classic.

Shadowrun Returns

The Hero Complex is about bridging the gap between reality and fantasy so that we can identify with our surroundings, our purpose in life and the paradox of morality. We reach this place from the assumption that we all seek to be a hero through action or in-action, and in doing so we live vicariously through superhero films (Iron Man, The Dark Knight trilogy), video games (Skyrim, The Last of Us) and television (The Walking Dead).

The Hero Complex

Review of the Deadpool game from High Moon Studio and Activision. There are pancakes, stink pickles, and voices in Deadpool's head.

Deadpool Review

“Suffering, like painful memories is just part of life” - Nilin A review of Remember Me by Capcom, the exploration of memory manipulation.

Remember Me Review