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Do You Care for Quick Time Events?

I love Quick Time Events. There, I said it. Don’t worry; I’m aware that bad QTEs exist. After all, gamers often state categorically that they “love video games” knowing full well that bad games exist. Similarly, I’m fond of Quick Time Event...

 
 
 
 
 

School Trips to Game Worlds: Where would you go?

Two weeks ago I was on a school trip in Berlin. Each time I go on this trip (this was the fifth time) a student looks up at the Reichstag building, turns to me and demands to know if that was the building 'they' assaulted at the end of Call...

 
 
 

​More Reasons to be a Gamer-Teacher

A student once asked me if Richard the Lionheart was ginger (we'd just finished a lesson on the Crusades). I stated that, yes, records show that King Richard I had red hair. The student gleefully announced that he had seen Richard in the ci...

 
 
 

What Game Can You Always Depend On?

Some of the greatest games only get one play through. Whether the adventure lasts for ten hours or one hundred, or occupies your gaming time for several months, there will come a point where the most entertaining game fulfils its purpose. T...

 
 
 

Gamer-Teacher: The Execution of Yoshi Cromwell

The stage is set. Mario’s desire for a male child is an ever-growing concern. His first wife, Pauline, has failed to produce the heir he craves. Age and stress have taken a toll on her body. Mario wants a new, younger wife that will secure ...

 
 
 

Gamer-Teacher: Mario and Henry VIII

I try to be very careful when mixing gaming with education. These are two of my major interests but not every student will appreciate gaming references punctuating every lesson. Nevertheless, a comparison between video game and subject matt...

 
 
 

Returning to Pokémon: Better to Faint With Honour

In my mind, there are few competitions nobler and more respectable than a Pokémon Battle. Pokémon Blue demonstrated to me that even the wildest creature can conduct themselves with fairness and restraint in each encounter. No words are utte...

 
 
 

Returning to Pokémon: confused by Poké Balls.

Last week, I touched on my reactions to Pokémon after skipping four generations. I've enjoyed the game so far but many of the new elements and changes have left me feeling old or confused. Last week I referred to the overwhelming sensation ...

 
 
 

Returning to Pokémon: Why is everybody in a rush?

I’ve often found that I respond to new ideas in an open-minded way. I can be relied on the react favourably to change. A shift from the expected norm will not cause be to moan or grumble. If change is for the better, than I can easily get o...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Weird Theory: why doesn't Link rule the world?

I’m sure that anyone who has played an instalment of the Legend of Zelda series must admire Link, the protagonist of the series. Whilst there are in fact numerous different versions of Link, with slightly altered personalities and art style...

 
 
 

Gamer Logic: Why walk when I can...

In real life, I am able to walk in straight line, without feeling the need to leap into the air every two seconds. I can park my car between the white lines; I have no impulse to roll out of the car before it has come to a stop. When I catc...

 
 
 

The Advantages of a Gamer-Teacher

Teaching is a profession which can blend into your personal time. In my life, video gaming has become something that is scheduled; pencilled in amongst lesson plans and marking. I’ve not given up on gaming though. Not only because I enjoy i...

 
 
 
 
 

Should more games let you choose your gender? Part One

If you’re the kind of person that thinks, “I don’t want to play as a [Male/Female] character” or “There are too many [Female/Male] characters in gaming” or “[Men/Women] are underrepresented in video games”, then you [Madam/Sir], are in the ...

 
 
 

Why do the Silent start speaking in sequels?

I'm sure that if I asked you to name your favourite video game characters, your list would include one or two silent individuals. Many of the most legendary protagonists are taciturn, and are often respected for staying quiet. Unvoiced char...

 
 
 

Candidates for the ‘Ideal’… Melee Weapon

There are a lot of close combat weapons in video games, and everyone has their favourite. Some are ultimate weapons of power; some are versatile tools of destruction; some are iconic pieces of kit. Last week, I asked if it was possible to ...

 
 
 

The Search for the ‘Ideal’... Melee Weapon.

You! Yes you! You have a decision to make! Well… that’s not true…you don’t have to. It’s just a bit of fun really. I didn’t mean to put you under that much pressure. I’m sorry I shouted. Let’s start over. For my first post (which was a who...

 
 
 

Gamer-Teacher: Minecraft & The Roman Empire

I am a history teacher, and I have used Minecraft to teach my students. When you want to help someone learn, at any age, you start small. You begin with a simple concept, and then you build on it. The better that starting point, the easier...

 
 
 

Weird Theory: Is Kratos really the God of War?

There is no doubt that the God of War series is excellent, most of the time. I wouldn't try to convince you otherwise. There are, however, a few aspects of each game that don't add up; details in each episode that don't quite fit; features ...

 
 
 

​What are you waiting for?

At some point in your life, you will have consciously realised that you are about to get "that thing that plays games". It may be the first, or tenth piece, in your collection. You may have bought, been given a gift or borrowed the "thing" ...

 
 
 

D’You Dig Double-Jumps?

Now there's a blog title I can be proud of for a long time. In my ongoing battle against the pile of games labelled "Want To Play" play sat upon various shelves and inside hard drives, I wandered into the side-scolling Mexican playground th...

 
 
 
 

Can Zombies be beaten?

Those of you that have read my first two posts might have noticed that I always lead with a question. I wish to encourage discussion on any thoughts that jump free from my brain, and welcome people to counter my arguments. This time around,...

 
 
 

Weird Theory: Has Mario been lying to all of us?

I don’t own a Wii U, and I have only recently become the owner of a 3DS. This means that my knowledge of more recent Super Mario games is limited. Last week, I discovered a startling fact about Super Mario 3D World – this time Bowser does n...

 
 

About RedHeadPeakone of us since 4:43 AM on 01.11.2014

Hello, I'm Rufus Scott

I'm a long-term gamer and a full-time teacher.If I'm not writing about my experiences as a gamer-teacher, I'm over-thinking games because I can, or rambling about life as a "grown-up" gamer.

You can find me writing in the Community area here, or at my own site - GamerPeak.com.
 
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