Tag Archives: Video Games

Animal Crossing and the Wonder of an Aimless Gaming Experience

Earlier this year, near the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons and it got me thinking about how wonderful gaming can be when you’re not necessarily focused on a specific goal. After all, if we’re escaping into a fantasy world then maybe in addition to the monster slaying and the […]

Classics Corner: The Super Mario Brothers

Everyone knows about the Mario Brothers, and there’s not a lot to be said about them that hasn’t shown up in a dozen other “did you know” videos and listed articles already.  Because of that, I’m not here to talk about Mario trivia or give you a history lesson (there’s plenty of that out there […]

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 […]

Videogame Investigations: Black Closet

Black Closet is a relatively obscure but very good title by Hanako Games, a relatively obscure but very good developer.  The game is set at an all-girls boarding school where you take on the role of Elsa Jackson, the newly elected president of an absurdly powerful student council.  Your responsibilities as president include keeping 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 […]

Games Are Important: An Oddly Personal Entry

Games are important. Not everyone understands this, and both games as a medium and gaming as a hobby come under criticism quite frequently for many reasons.  When I was a kid videogames were considered either mind-numbing or too violent and tabletop games were the work of Satan.  What critics love to overlook is that games […]

Video Game Investigations: BRAWLHALLA

For most of this month I plan on talking about the games that I tried out a MomoCON 2015. I was going to save this one for last, but I’m too excited about it.  Brawlhalla is a multiplayer brawler developed by Blue Mammoth Games.  The simplest description would be to compare it to Super Smash […]

Video Game Investigations: Spaera, the Fantasy Puzzle Fighter

I spent the past weekend at MomoCON in Atlanta, which was promoting itself as the largest gaming event in the southeast.  I spent most of my time roaming, as I am prone to doing at conventions, but I also got the chance to play some awesome new tabletop RPGs and Indy video games.  There were […]

Video Game Investigations: Jisei

Last night I played through the visual novel Jisei, a murder mystery starring a young man with the ability to relive the dying moments of any corpse that he touches. Overall I really liked this game.  Most importantly, I think, the story follows a logical flow and the resolution to the mystery makes sense.  The […]