Spotlight: Dear Esther, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3 camping, Final Fantasy 8, and more

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The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we take a look at the atmospheric Dear Esther, stand up to the reaper in Dark Souls, complete our quest in Final Fantasy 8, and go on a camping trip in Battlefield 3. Bring your own marshmallows.

Dear Esther: You're not a real game at all
By Tom Evans
If you're not familiar with Dear Esther, Tom's article will give you a good introduction…but it's really something you should experience first. Once you have, Tom's astute analysis will mean even more.

Don't fear the reaper: Give Dark Souls a chance
By Chris Skinner
You've no doubt heard a lot about From Software's hyper-difficult action-RPG. But if you've been scared away by the talk, Chris makes a good case for trying the game out. I didn't have the guts to stick with Dark Souls myself, but I'm definitely glad I gave it a shot. You should do the same.

On camping: A Battlefield 3 primer
By Gabriel Shelnutt
Ah, camping. No, not the practice of spending the night in the great outdoors; we're talking about finding one spot in an online first-person shooter, hunkering down, and proceeding to cap fools ad infinitum. Camping draws plenty of rage, but Gabriel argues that it's a valid tactic, especially in Battlefield 3. Do you agree?

What keeps you playing?
By David Graham
We've had a few articles on the 'Mob lately about writing and dialogue in games. David used this discussion as the impetus to consider this question: What keeps you playing video games? Give David's story a read, then let us know your own thoughts.

The quest to finish Final Fantasy 8: Disc Four
By Jonathan Oyama
Jonathan's journey through time, space, and teenaged gun-sword-wielders comes to a close. Did he complete the quest? Could he make any sense at all of the convoluted ending? Read on and find out.

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