Category Video Games

Five Things that Made Super Metroid a Perfect Game

In 1994 Nintendo released Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and, honestly, we could have just stopped right there.  I mean, I’m glad we didn’t, but really if you got your hands on that game when it was released then you didn’t really NEED another one.  Bold statements about the industry aside, Super […]

Four Things That Made Final Fantasy Tactics the Perfect SRPG

Happy New Year everyone! I want to start the year off right, by talking about one of the few games that is, in my opinion, just about as close to perfect as a game can be.  So let’s get started. Nearly 20 years ago Squaresoft released the actual perfect videogame in Final Fantasy Tactics.  At […]

Video Game Investigations: Super Dungeon Tactics

Super Dungeon Tactics, for those that don’t know, is a tactical RPG video game based on the “Super Dungeon Explore” board game made by Soda Pop Minis.  Super Dungeon Tactics was developed by Underbite Games and appears to be their first official video game (as it is the only game on their website).  The trailer, […]

Why Performance Matters: A Consumer’s Take on the SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike

If you follow the game industry then you’re probably at least passingly familiar with the SAG-AFTRA video game strike that’s going on.  If you’re not, though, I’ll do my best to summarize it:  SAG-AFTRA, a union of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is the union that represents […]

The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Go, and the Evolution of Adventure

So, even if you’ve been living under a rock these days you’ve probably heard some of the craze about Pokemon Go being out (because someone probably looked under your rock for a Geodude). The game itself is still in something like a beta, and even though trading still hasn’t become a thing this game has […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Copper Dreams

Copper Dreams is an upcoming cyberpunk RPG by Whalenought Studios, creators of the strategy RPG Serpent in the Staglands.  Stepping into the far future, Copper Dreams looks to offer all of the best and most iconic parts of dystopian sci-fi: corrupt agencies, digital espionage and hardened mercenaries trying to make ends meet in a dirty […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Arcadian Atlas

Arcadian Atlas is a tactics-style RPG in the same vein as Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre.  Fortunately, the genre has stopped being so obscure that every game within it needs to include the word “tactics” in the title just so you’ll know what you’re getting, but I digress. Arcadian Atlas feels shares a tone […]

The Significance of Tracer’s Booty

I haven’t been terribly active lately, but sometimes I see a thing that just feels like it’s worth a comment.  Today, that issue is Tracer from Blizzard’s new first person shooter Overwatch, and her booty.  Now, I have been at most passively following Overwatch.  I’m not huge on FPS’s but I do really like the […]

X-Com vs. XCOM: A Look at Freedom vs. Structure

About a month ago, Firaxis released a sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown.  If you haven’t played it, you should, because it’s awesome.  It benefits not only from being an excellent game, but also from not really requiring you to have played the first game because of some interesting canon discontinuity.  Anyway, I’m not here to […]

Happy Halloween: Scary Stuff in Non-Horror Video Games

I haven’t updated very much this month.  My life has had a lot of ups and downs and transitions and what have you, plus I run an anime convention that happens in my hometown in October.  I thought about trying to talk about something specific and really exciting for Halloween, but I’d really rather not […]