Buffing Mental Fortitude: Gamifying Anxiety

Buffing Mental Fortitude: Gamifying Anxiety

Back in the very beginning when Start 2 Continue was but a newborn, one of the first regular columns I wrote was entitled “A Life of Gaming.” While I cannot seem to find the articles anymore — having abandoned that project for more SEO-friendly pursuits — I wanted to touch upon the core topic of why I started that segment to begin with: how video games have helped me with anxiety.… Read more...

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What in Tarnation?: Why Killing Nazis in Wolfenstein is Apparently Controversial

What in Tarnation?: Why Killing Nazis in Wolfenstein is Apparently Controversial

In the shitshow that is 2017, of all the things that have surprised me thus far, it’s the controversy surrounding Wolfenstein and its upcoming sequel The New Colossus around killing Nazis. There’s plenty of people on the far-right — some of which are actual Nazis or Neo-Nazis — that don’t take too kindly to the idea of games where players slaughter their ideological kin.… Read more...

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3 Things Don’t Starve Together Taught Me About Cooking

3 Things Don’t Starve Together Taught Me About Cooking

Whenever I play survival games like Don’t Starve Together, I feel like my character eats better than I do. In fairness, I just vegetate in front of the computer, making sure to fend off starvation and darkness without being able to get ample time away to grab myself something to eat. Still, as the designated house marm, staying back at base and tending to the farms and crock pots while others go out exploring, I’ve learned a few things about food that I’ve found myself applying to my waking life.… Read more...

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The Purge Cometh: Cleaning Up Start 2 Continue

The Purge Cometh: Cleaning Up Start 2 Continue

Hello, friends. I know, I know. It’s been a while since last we talked. Granted, that was only… what… four posts ago? But that was back in June four months ago. I’m garbage at this whole writing thing, eh? The silence isn’t from apathy, I promise. I’ve just been brainstorming how to implement this new website format I spoke of so many moons ago.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – September 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – September 2017

Another month (or two now, I guess) has come and gone. Another handful of weeks filled with gaming and whimsy. Well… to be honest… there hasn’t been much of either. Still, I’ve been playing some quality games in the spare time that I do have.
And yes… I know… I gone goofed and haven’t had a “What’s Metzge Playing” segment for a while but in fairness, I was in the midst of moving and so between that and working, I didn’t have much time to game, let alone write about how little gaming I was doing.… Read more...

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Top 10 Dishonored 2 Quotes

Top 10 Dishonored 2 Quotes

It’s been almost a year since Dishonored 2 came forth from the shadows. Given that there’s only a month left or so before the mini standalone expansion Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, I’ve been doing my best to catch up on the latest goings on of Dunwall’s politics. As the hound for great video game lore that I am — and Bethesda sure has a ton of it between The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, let alone their other IPs — I was surprised to find there wasn’t many decent Dishonored 2 quotes lingering on the web.…

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What’s Metzge Playing – June 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – June 2017

So it’s been a while since the last “What’s Metzge Playing” segment. Since June’s already half over, I figured now’s as good a time as any to let you all know what games have been gripping my attention like a pitbull with a new chew toy. Now that I have a little bit more time on my hands, naturally that’s going to go right into gaming.… Read more...

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Plotting the Course: A Shift in Content Focus

Plotting the Course: A Shift in Content Focus

Hey, everyone! I hope all is well in your respective necks of the woods. I know it’s been a while since you’ve last heard from me but fret not, I’m still alive. If you haven’t noticed already, there’s been some content category changes on the main page and it’s that very topic I’d like to talk to you today.… Read more...

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A New Life, A New Start (2 Continue)

A New Life, A New Start (2 Continue)

Hello again, friends. I hope you’ve been doing well since last we spoke. As I alluded to in my latest “What’s Metzge Playing” segment, I’ve been MIA focusing on my big boy job. Though I’ve still be working on writing, I find myself researching more about logistics, sustainability, and ecommerce than I do about video games — not that I’m necessarily complaining, but I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I’ve been.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – March 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – March 2017

Another month has gone by already. While I was pretty quick on sharing my February list of games, I’m just squeaking by trying to get you this month’s edition of “What’s Metzge Playing.” In case you’re wondering what I am, indeed, playing, I can sum it up thusly: not much lately. Indeed, I’ve been gearing up for a new job position I was offered last month so that’s been taking up a lot of my time (though don’t worry, I’ll still be writing here where I can).… Read more...

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Best Hearts of Iron IV Conversion Mods – Q1 2017

Best Hearts of Iron IV Conversion Mods – Q1 2017

Boy, oh boy do I love me some Hearts of Iron IV. As an avid fan of the Axis & Allies board game back in the day, having a game like this was a godsend — or, perhaps, yet another crippling blow to productivity in endeavors beyond gaming. Poor time management aside, my management skills when it comes to invasion forces and numerous fronts are at their peak, yet my mind’s saber grew dull on the bodies of my mid-20th century foes.… Read more...

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Mislav the Hunter: How The Witcher 3 Handles Diversity

Mislav the Hunter: How The Witcher 3 Handles Diversity

It wouldn’t be a good day unless I talked about The Witcher 3 in some capacity. Honestly, I’d never thought I’d say that Geralt of Rivia ranks higher than Corvo Attano, Max Payne, or Adam Jensen as one of my favorite characters. But we’re not talking about Geralt today… we’re not even talking about Triss, Yen, Dandelion, or Ciri.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – February 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – February 2017

Given our love/hate relationship with writing reviews, we decided to supplement the goings-on of the industry with a little segment called “What’s Metzge Playing.” As you can deduce, this’ll be a monthly list of games I find myself consumed with, revisiting old classics while introducing games you might not have heard of yet. Just as we try to keep our reviews updated depending on the current version and any post-release patches that have been added, these listicles can help give some insight on how those changes have made a difference (if any) to the overall enjoyment of a given...

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Top 10 Witcher 2 Quotes

Top 10 Witcher 2 Quotes

I know it’s been a while since I posted last, but fret not friends. You know I wouldn’t leave you forever. Honestly, I’ve just been catching up on a ton of games now that I got a new quad core processor for my computer and with that, I can finally play some games that… well… didn’t play nicely with the old equipment.… Read more...

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What is Divergent Game Design?

What is Divergent Game Design?

2016 seems to be the year of remakes and remasters. From old movies made new to spiritual successor video games that throwback to a bygone age, with all the new advances in technology over the past few decades, you can hardly blame media producers for wanting to revisit old concepts and see what they’d be like if they were made in the modern era.… Read more...

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Top 10 Talos Principle Quotes

Top 10 Talos Principle Quotes

I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now, I really enjoy reflecting on words and literature. Reading and critical thinking seem to be in short supply nowadays which I find a bit sad; so much more about life can be lived and enjoyed if we stopped to ask questions about ourselves and our reality. Though I understand how such existential thinking can scare people.… Read more...

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From the Editor: On Being Consistent(ly Inconsistent)

From the Editor: On Being Consistent(ly Inconsistent)

Good tidings upon you, friends. I know it’s been a while since I’ve last written directly to you all so I figured I’d break the fourth wall for a bit and say hullo.
Hullo! 😀
Now that that’s out of the way, with this being a brand new month, it makes for yet another fresh slate.… Read more...

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Top 10 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Quotes

Top 10 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Quotes

Oh, how times have changed. Since the Aug Incident of 2027, the world’s stance on human augmentation has gone from a promising biomedical trend to a fatal mistake that cost millions of innocent lives. As Adam Jensen unravels the truth behind the Incident amid the chaos and rampant techno-racism (that is, the segregation and marginalization of Augmented citizens from and by their “Natural” counterparts), the player accompanies him in a plethora of conversations with colorful, often cryptic characters. … Read more...

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Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

For those who don’t know me, I have a very short list of things I can’t stand: people being dicks and whining. The first part is self-explanatory (i.e. don’t be a dick), but it’s the second part that a lot of people seem to get confused with. You see, complaining is when a person voices an opinion about something they don’t like. … Read more...

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Top 10 Shadowrun: Hong Kong Quotes

Top 10 Shadowrun: Hong Kong Quotes

Out of all the Shadowruns I’ve played, Hong Kong is easily my favorite. Since I live in Washington and I’ve studied Germany in college, Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall (which take place in Seattle and Berlin respectively) don’t feel nearly as exotic. Coupled with a few graphics and gameplay upgrades and character development that seemed to go above and beyond this time around, it’s that last bit that really speaks to me.… Read more...

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Wageslaves and Runners: 4 Freelancing Lessons from Shadowrun

Wageslaves and Runners: 4 Freelancing Lessons from Shadowrun

// < !).push({}); // ]]> For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been into the Medieval-type fantasy genre: early exposure to games like Warcraft, Heroes of Might & Magic, and Baldur’s Gate all played their role in shaping my appreciation for elves, dwarves, wizards, and demons. It wasn’t until Shadowrun Returns, however, that I got my first taste of these mystical creatures outside of their usual haunts, the backdrop shifting from hills and dales to neon streets and shady bars in Seattle.…

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5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> If you haven’t gotten the chance to try Hearts of Iron IV out yet, I suggest you fix that. As a huge fan of World War II history and the strategy genre, I can’t get enough of games like these. Smelling strongly of Axis & Allies — the family-friendly Hasbro game pitting five friends in total war as Germany, America, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the USSR — HOI4 had me swoonin’ from the get-go.… Read more...

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5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> I know, I know. Total War: WARHAMMER hasn’t even been out for two weeks and already we’re talking about mods. But it’s hard not to when there are already so many out there that do a decent job tweaking Creative Assembly‘s latest entry in its Total War franchise. Hell, I’d say part of this game’s success comes from the developers loosening up the reins a bit and letting their talented modding community real shine amid the ash and smoke of...

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The Play’s the Thing: Geralt the Entrepreneur

The Play’s the Thing: Geralt the Entrepreneur

// < !).push({}); // ]]> For those familiar with the world of The Witcher, you know that isn’t the cheeriest place to visit. Between all the war, pillaging, xenophobia, and errant magi, witches, and priests running amok on top of it, it does paint a rather dreary picture. But as the Blood and Wine mini-expansion has proven with the fairytale locale of Toussaint, the sun does seem to shine from time to time on this nameless world.… Read...

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