As I play through Final Fantasy VII Remake I’m struck by how Extremely My Jam the game’s narrative is. Maybe I’m just a sucker for those JRPG tropes, but, man, I love the ragtag band teaming up to save the world from some cosmic evil while dealing with their own issues and becoming friends. It’s… Continue reading The Terrorist Is You
As someone who’s a big fan of JRPGs, I’ve played my share of Final Fantasy games (and firmly hold that Final Fantasy VIII is the best). The most famous Final Fantasy is probably VII, it spawned sequel games, prequel games, and a CGI movie. Its opening scene was used as a tech demo for the… Continue reading Remake!
I like puzzles. Which should be obvious, if my ability to write an entire post on a silly crossword joke is anything to go on. It’s why I enjoyed math in High School: What is a complicated problem but a puzzle you gotta use the right equation to get to an answer? A lot of… Continue reading Puzzles
I first played Transistor about five years ago. If I remember right, it was on sale on Steam so I grabbed it, having heard great things about it. Playing it on my laptop was not ideal, the controls didn’t quite work on a keyboard and gameplay felt awkward. Not the game itself, mind you, rather… Continue reading Interactive Art
Being the Esteemed Man Of Culture that I am, I subscribe to the New York Times Crossword and make a point of doing it every day. I’ve gotten quite good at it in the last year! Anyway, there’s often a bit of humor in them, maybe be it the wry puzzles of Thursdays or an… Continue reading Where It Works
My love of The Lord of The Rings is well documented, heck, I just reread the books over the summer (with my glorious hardcovers). There’s a lot I like about them, like how they marry a beautiful world to an epic quest, and how that epic quest is a story of vanquishing evil not through… Continue reading The Power of Mordor
I really liked the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider. It was a fun adventure story with plenty of neat mysteries to uncover, plus, this incarnation of Lara was a headstrong survivalist who would find a solution to whatever stood in her way. I was totally on board, plus, I love adventure stories. Exploring ancient ruins,… Continue reading Adventuring Colonialism
I’m tired of open-world games. There. I said it. I like games that have an ending and a clear route there. A game advertising dozens upon dozens of side quests with a massive world to explore is no longer the selling point it once was. All it sounds to me now is more errands to… Continue reading Losing The Plot
Over the summer, I started playing Destiny 2 with my brother. We were both big fans of the first one, though divided by console choice and unable to play together. With his getting a PS4 and a summer of quarantine, it was time to dive into the sequel in a big way. Then we stopped… Continue reading Playground
As someone who did a lot of literary criticism while he was in college — and absolutely enjoyed it — I do a lot of picking apart literature to explore what it’s really getting at. You’ve seen that on this blog, what with looking at how Pacific Rim resonates in the middle of a pseudo-apocalypse… Continue reading Is It Poetry?