Games give new life to the philosopher’s stone

The myth of the philosopher’s stone has often been used as a plot device in media. People are introduced to this legendary object capable of extraordinary things through alchemy, may spend most of the game attempting to learn more about it or acquire it, and have peripheral encounters with it. While most forms of media focus on its ability to grant immortality, resurrect the dead, and transmute metals into gold, many Japanese games choose to focus on its ability to create new, artificial life.

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An Animal Crossing amiibo cards examination

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer amiibo cards are an unusual thing. After all, we’ve only seen figures until now. The Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Super Smash Bros and even Lego Dimensions toys have all occupied valuable desk and shelf space in our homes. They’ve become dual-purpose collectibles. Yes, they make a game more interesting, but isn’t it cute how the Wii Fit Trainer looks like she’s using Dive-Clops to maintain her balance?

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