fact or fiction

Is it fact or merely fiction? Fact or Fiction explores the myths and beliefs we hold about the gaming universe and its virtual inhabitants.

  • Spencer Jean-Mary
    Published 10 months ago
    A Problem in the Game Rental Service

    A Problem in the Game Rental Service

    A few weeks ago I received a code to get a FREE Redbox DVD or game rental for one night. So I used it to rent out a game that had just come out so I can try it out before purchasing it. When I arrived at the Redbox kiosk, I entered my information to receive my game CD. When the CD case popped out, I received a blank case with the QR code sticker glued on it where the game CD is supposed to be. So I called the support group and reported the incident. The representative was kind and professional as she gave me a new code for me to rent out the game again. So I rented out the same game through the app on my phone, received the confirmation to pick up the game, and then entered my information to get the game at the same Redbox kiosk. Once again, a new case popped out and this one was also empty with the QR code sticker glued in at the exact spot as the first CD case. Now I have two empty cases with no games. Since the representative was still on the phone with me, I informed her of the same issue. She then gave me another code, but this time I ordered the game at a different kiosk. I returned both empty cases inside the Redbox kiosk and drove to the next Redbox location, which was around 15 minutes away from the current one. When I arrived there, I entered my information to get the game. When the CD case came out, thank God this time there was a game CD inside. What was supposed to take me 10 minutes turned into almost an hour task, and it was all because some thieves chose to outsmart the system and get free games.
  • CD Turner
    Published 11 months ago
    Betas are Not the Same as Demos

    Betas are Not the Same as Demos

    I'm sure you'll forgive me for laughing at those complaining about the bugs in the Fallout 76 beta release. But honestly, it's like paying for half-cooked burger and complaining that you got botulism.
  • Matt Richards
    Published 11 months ago
    'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' and the Perils of Copy-and-Paste Syndrome

    'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' and the Perils of Copy-and-Paste Syndrome

    Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is named in homage to the Homeric Masterpiece. However, an homage to some is plagiarism to others. The name also stands as a warning sign to players that Ubisoft may have pilfered ideas from more than an old poet.
  • Patricia Sarkar
    Published 11 months ago
    Worst Sega Games in History

    Worst Sega Games in History

    The gaming industry has been the leading innovator of entertainment ever since the emergence of Sega and its first game ever, Pong. Since then, video games have evolved and grown accustomed to the modern age, such as Call of Duty and Fortnite. There have been several different systems and companies throughout this period of time and it will only continue to grow. From classic systems such as Nintendo to the ground-breaking PlayStation 4, memorable games have been a part of gaming history.
  • Ossiana Tepfenhart
    Published 11 months ago
    The 10 Worst Video Games Ever Made

    The 10 Worst Video Games Ever Made

    Video gamers are notoriously picky about their games—and why wouldn't they be? Gaming is a pricey hobby that tends to create entire communities based on them. If a game becomes a hit, it transcends gaming as a subculture and becomes an important part of mainstream pop culture.
  • Joseph D. N. Kendrick
    Published 12 months ago
    Weirdest Gaming Characters of All Time

    Weirdest Gaming Characters of All Time

    Video games allow us to explore other worlds and realms that would be impossible to access otherwise. As video game graphics have become more and more advanced, the most creative developers have been providing us with wilder and more unique characters. Some of these characters border on the grotesque, while some give "grotesque" a bad name. Still others aren't malevolent at all, but they are no less unusual. Here are ten of the weirdest gaming characters ever to be released on any console.
  • Girl Anonymous
    Published 12 months ago
    Why Your Man Is Always Playing His Damn Video Games
  • Haley Booker-Lauridson
    Published 12 months ago
    What Clicker Games Say About Capitalism

    What Clicker Games Say About Capitalism

    Video games are a unique art form—one must interact with the art directly, and the player can change outcomes, form relationships, or even abandon the main story in favor of side quests. Likewise, multiplayer games act as a conduit between us so that we connect with each other through competition or cooperation.
  • Lynne Rush
    Published about a year ago
    7 Video Games that Took on Heavy Issues

    7 Video Games that Took on Heavy Issues

    Sometimes video games are delightful colors that bop around the screen and amuse. Sometimes video games hit us with incredibly difficult topics that punch us in the gut so hard we have to pause and think about what just happened. While a good video game can be light and fluffy, the thinkers are the one that tend to stay with us day-to-day and influence our thought processes down the road. It can be something as private as a personal struggle or as large as governmental corruption, but at the end of the day, it’s part of what makes gaming so good.
  • Colin Kowal
    Published about a year ago
    Can Video Games Make Good Shows or Films?

    Can Video Games Make Good Shows or Films?

    Video game movies have a pretty rough track record, yet the amazing narratives in games like God of War means that directors are going to keep attempting to bring video game worlds to movies and tv shows. With that in mind, I thought I’d discuss some of my favourite games and game franchises in regards to if they would be as enjoyable to watch as they are to play.
  • Kelsie Tyler
    Published about a year ago
    What's So Great About Video Games?

    What's So Great About Video Games?

    Video game are beloved by millions of people all around the world. So, what makes them so popular? Many believe that video games are damaging to the brain, which to an extent, may be true. But those who love video games use them as a favorite hobby to pass time.
  • Lewis Wilson
    Published about a year ago
    'Hitman 2's' Potential to Change the Industry

    'Hitman 2's' Potential to Change the Industry

    Hitman was a sleeper hit from 2016, but it's not a surprise it flew under the radar. In truth, I don't think I've ever played a game which is this good, with a publisher so determined to ruin it. It seems clear that with Square Enix constantly changing the release plans for the game, to giving the game basically no exposure when it was releasing (hell, I'm a fan of the series and I literally forgot the game was coming out until the game went on sale after all the episodes came out), Square Enix seemed almost dedicated to undermining what is otherwise a rather excellent game. Jim Sterling has a video discussing this here, but now, the tides have changed.