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Maggie Elizabeth Jones

In an era overrun with nostalgia, 'King's Quest' is a thoughtful take on a classic

In an era overrun with nostalgia, 'King's Quest' is a thoughtful take on a classic

Too much thinking, argues a blacksmith in the new “King's Quest,” leads to inaction. She says this as if thought were a lamentable trait. Let's be thankful she's a fictional blacksmith and not a video game publisher.

Conventional game design wisdom often puts forth the theory that the new, the technologically advanced and the action-packed are greater than something with a lived-in feel and many a conversation.

Conventional game design wisdom is sometimes wrong.

It's the difference between, say, the personal and the mechanically sound — a watch with slick, up-to-the-minute tech versus the clock with old-time appeal. With history come stories to tell,...

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