Patrick Shields

I love the outdoors as well as the indoors, and when I'm not gaming, writing, or being musical, you can find me outside, climbing trees and getting lost off the road less traveled. It is a known fact that I've been blessed with the greatest kids in the world and an incredible wife who is an awesome nurse and my superhero. I've played games on nearly every system ever made and regularly go back to the classic games that helped raise this fine fellow. When asked which system or computer I prefer, there's only one answer: yes.
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The Business of Video Games

The Business of Video Games

Video games are a business. That statement sums up this entire article, so naturally I can stop writing, yes? Of course not, because I need to provide my argument for this audacious claim. The biggest hurdle to this “argument”, ironically, is that video games are fun to play, and we…
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What Makes a Video Game Memorable?

What Makes a Video Game Memorable?

When we play games we want to enjoy a singular experience that is the game as a whole. Though there are many parts coming together to form that experience, we expect those parts to work together without standing in the way of each other. When a particular piece does stand…
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Why Do We Play Video Games?

Why Do We Play Video Games?

Playing video games is the best hobby there is. Sure, that’s my opinion, but I’m certainly not alone. Video games have grown from humble beginnings to become the most profitable of all entertainment ventures. That’s not bad for something that used to be considered a kid’s toy or a novelty…
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Why Our Society Needs Video Games

Why Our Society Needs Video Games

When I was a wee lad my folks used to take me to the mall so they could shop. They saw the importance of the arcade and knew it could hold the interest of children while they did whatever needed doing. They would hand me a five dollar bill and…
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The Importance of Music in Video Games

The Importance of Music in Video Games

The rush of storming the lair of evil doers, the crescendo of enacting that perfect heist, the emotional loss of a beloved character, through it all we take in the breathtaking graphics, admire the impeccable lighting, and enjoy the tight controls that engage us with the latest masterpiece of gaming.…
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The Psychology of Grinding in Video Games

The Psychology of Grinding in Video Games

Many moons ago I set off on an adventure unlike any I had ever experienced. It took place across a huge world, sprawling several continents and oceans. There were kings and princesses, magical towns, caverns filled with timeless treasures, and fierce monsters traversing every nook and cranny. I had never…
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