The Dangers of the Hype Train and the Emboldening of Game Developers

In the last 20 years, the way that the gaming industry operates around marketing and sales has changed completely. To give you an idea, E3's first year was in 1995, the biggest gaming exposition in the western hemisphere is only 22 years old, that's younger than me. This age of gaming journalism and following game development closely is brand new and so too are the tribulations which accompany it. Just off of the top of my head, the number of development projects that have over promised and under-performed with their final product is rather alarming. I believe, it has much to do with the growing ability of developers to excite a fan base through their ideas rather than their actual product. The result for gamers is that we constantly are exposed and expose ourselves to investing energy and money into a project which was misrepresented to us.

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Talkin' About Twintelle

Because I am an owner of a Nintendo Switch and a huge fan of Nintendo's reinterpretations of classic genres, such as what Splatoon did with shooters, I've been following Arms very closely. Arms is Nintendo's goofy, bright colored and unique take on a fighting game and it's been making waves in the gaming community for some time. There are so many questions about it ranging from  about the controls to the apparent $80 barrier between a Switch owner and local multiplayer. But recently Arms has been receiving attention for their resident woman of color, Twintelle for both good and bad reasons. It started with the Nintendo Direct announcement  of the new character which, introduced Twintelle as a beautiful, buxom, warrior with mechanized hair. Though I had a hard time finding the official video, take my word it, the first shot in the video was an ass shot.

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Remembering all the Games I Loved as a kid, That were bad

I recently finished building a little portable game emulator called a Piigrrl 2. Using a Raspberry Pi 3 computer, some components, and following some instructions very closely, I was able to create something really special. With it, I can play many of my favorite games from back when I was a child and what I've come to realize is my taste was kinda bad and very obscure. I'm not sure at what point I started following video game news closely online but up until a certain point, I found games by walking into the local GameStop or Bestbuy and going up and down the game section looking for anything I recognized or looked cool. The result was I bought and enjoyed a lot of games that no one really knows or cares about so, when I go to find some of the games I truly loved I suddenly realize a lot of them were fairly obscure and more than a couple of them are truly bad. Here are a few games as a kid I truly loved and now playing them back, are either bad, obscure or probably both.

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The Balance Between Expediency and Detail in Final Fantasy XV

After griping many times and really and truly considering skipping it, I've finally taken the dive into Final Fantasy XV, a cute little bro narratives about a prince and his friends on a grand adventure. In my short time with the game, so I've become obsessed with a small but meaningful point in this game which is, the total lack of expediency in this game's design.

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The Danger Superiority Narratives in Games

One of the greatest draws of a game is that, in nearly every single one of them, the player takes on the role of a hero. Someone who is capable of feats that no one else around them is able to achieve. They are exceptional and thereby, you the player, are exceptional as well. No one else can save the world, no one else is going to try and save the world.

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A Not Review of Odin's Sphere

Odin's Sphere Leifthrasir is a 2016 remake of a game which came out in 2007, and is just about the most beautiful game I've ever seen. Vanillaware's 2D, hand-drawn art style always look fantastic, but there's something outstanding about Odin's Sphere. Each landscape, each portrait, each character, platter of food and blade of grass seems worth looking at. I know that sounds weird but stay with me for a moment.

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