Will McCool writes: Video games, like many aspects of modern society are going through a cycle of returning to their roots. Sure, the huge developers like EA and Bethesda are still cranking out the blockbuster titles with shinier graphics and more features than you can shake an analog stick at. I remember the FPS glories of the original Wolfenstein 3-D and the gulf between that pixelated frag-fest and modern shooters makes the grand canyon look like something you’d see on a toasted English muffin. Yet amidst the clamor of bells and whistles there are a growing number of small developers exploring different paths. Some are crafting homages to the past; glowing love-letters to the days when video games were only pretending at a third dimension. Others explore different ways to play a game; trying out new concepts and changing what skills are necessary for victory.