Robert B. Marks

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Desert Bus for Hope Charity Kicks Off Today 1

Desert Bus for Hope Charity Kicks Off Today

Desert Bus for Hope is an annual charity telethon on Twitch that raises money for Child’s Play. It kicks off on Friday, November 17 at 10:00 AM PST, and runs for...
The "Seven Deadly Worlds" of Star Trek Discovery 3

The “Seven Deadly Words” of Star Trek Discovery

In 1991, Dorothy Jones Heydt formulated what she called the “Eight Deadly Words” that strike a death knell to any story: “I don’t care what happens to these people.” While the...
Will there be a priest in Star Trek: Discovery? 3

Will there be a priest in Star Trek: Discovery?

Science fiction, particularly in television and the movies, has a tendency to sidestep religion. There are franchises that deal with religion directly—such as Star Wars with the Force—but more often than...
Creating Dread: The Design Decisions Behind Horror Games 2

Creating Dread: The Design Decisions Behind Horror Games

Of all the video game genres, perhaps the hardest to pull off is horror. More than almost any other genre, horror requires the player to meet the game halfway—to be willing...
Endless Space 2 Preview - Creating Endless Stories

Endless Space 2 Preview – Creating Endless Stories

If there is one concept that keeps coming up throughout the preview presentation of Endless Space 2, it is letting players create their own stories. It’s around 3:30 p.m. EDT, and I’m...
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How Diablo Became an Instant Classic

Upon release, Diablo became something that few titles can be — an instant classic. It was genre-reviving and genre-defining. Twenty years after its release, it still lives on, first with a...
Video Games Aren’t Just Better With Stories, They Are Stories

Video Games Aren’t Just Better With Stories, They Are Stories

Back when I was finishing my second degree (a BA in English Literature), the class I hated with a passion was literary theory and criticism. This was no fault of the instructor,...
How Warcraft II and C&C Shaped an Entire Genre 8

How Warcraft II and C&C Shaped an Entire Genre

Most video game genres existed in a recognizable form before 1980. There are, however, exceptions—the modern real-time strategy game among them. This late entry was mainly due to the limitations of...