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What does “high degree of freedom” mean in games?

With upcoming titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Starfield, 2023 is shaping up to be a year full of games that tout their high degree of freedom as a selling point. Let's take a look at what causes a game to feel like it provides a high level of freedom.

Can “literature” exist in a world where people only accept what they want to see? [Jini Talks Games: Perspectives from Japan]

Getting a glimpse of the literature of works like Elden Ring, Shin Ultraman, and Goodbye, Eri (a one-shot manga by Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto) , it's clear that literature is alive and well in modern age. Jini Talks Games: Perspectives from Japan is a project that aims to deliver English translations of opinion pieces by Japanese writer Jini.

“Beating” arcade-style games and the coveted 1CC

Between ports, retro revivals, indie games, and even an occasional release from big names like PlatinumGames, we gamers have tons of arcade and arcade-inspired games at our fingertips. These games tend to be short, but the game itself doesn’t dictate the completion terms. You do.

The Kirby characters that never left Japan

Kirby’s long-running light novel series contains over 20 books, including novelizations of fan favorite games, original stories, and even a standalone version of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land. These books introduce a number of new characters and locales not seen in any other Kirby media.