Making Lightning Strike Again: The Recycled Tropes and Weird Fiction of Lightning Returns

[Originally posted on PopMatters] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII references several other games in its first few hours. Lightning must gather the souls of a dying world (Valkyrie Profile) on behalf of a divine but untrustworthy benefactor (Legacy of Kain); a clock ticks down to the doomed hour (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask), and our … Continue reading Making Lightning Strike Again: The Recycled Tropes and Weird Fiction of Lightning Returns

“A Game of Chess”: Breath of Death Is The Waste Land of Video Games

[Originally posted on PopMatters] In the wake of the Great War and a Spanish flu epidemic, T.S. Eliot wrote The Waste Land with considerable help from his friend and mentor, Ezra Pound. Ostensibly, The Waste Land is a shell-shocked reaction to the spreading wars and disease that would define much of the twentieth century. But beyond … Continue reading “A Game of Chess”: Breath of Death Is The Waste Land of Video Games