Independent Developers Are Amazing

As a gamer, I’ve spent the lions share of my game time over the years with the big-budget “AAA” games that both dominate the market and the conversations surrounding it. I enjoy these games (mostly), but have found myself finding fewer and fewer titles that actually get me excited. They’re still there, but are growing…

I Hate Cash Shops

I’ve tried tolerating them. I’ve tried rationalizing them, and I’ve tried to ignore them. You know what though? I just plain hate cash shops in full-priced video games. I hate the effect the presence of those shops tend to have on the games that employ them, and I hate the lie that supposedly justifies their…

Rushing to Early Ruin

I’ve said this in many other ways before, but I’ll say it plainly here: there’s a lot about modern gaming that I absolutely hate. I hate how the games with the biggest budgets and biggest studios behind them are growing ever more similar to each other. I hate that pre-order culture is still a thing…

This is a game that never ends…and that’s okay

Fellow blogger simpleek recently posted an interesting and insightful article concerning “infinite” versus finite games. Or, to put it another way, games driven by play, like Fortnight, that don’t have true endings, versus games driven by stories, like Dragon Age, that have definite endings, sequels notwithstanding.  As someone who’s recently taken a liking to an…

Feeling Cautiously Optimistic for The Division 2

When I bought the original Tom Clancy’s The Division at launch back in 2016, I thought I was going to get something to fill the Destiny-shaped hole in my gamer’s heart. I got that, but only for a couple of hours. It really didn’t take long to discover that The Division was a very hollow…

Kingdom Hearts’ Story is a Mess, and That’s Just Fine

Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally here and I absolutely cannot wait to play it. I was a bit hesitant to jump back into the series after years of side-stories and spin-offs turned the plot into an intimidating monstrosity, but I’ve been thinking about it and I’m actually okay with not knowing exactly what’s going on….

Hollow Knight is the Metroid Sequel I Never Knew I wanted

I know I’m a little late to the party here. I mean, Hollow Knight spent almost the last two years getting all manner of praise heaped upon it. If you’re interested in platformers at all, you’ve probably already heard how good the game is, and you don’t need me to convince you. All that said…

On Bungie’s Departure From Activision

Early last week, Bungie and Activision shocked the gaming world by announcing the Bungie’s departure from the publisher, and their retention of the Destiny IP. It was no secret that relations between the two businesses were tense since before the launch of the original Destiny, but they had an agreement; a contract that was supposed…

Super Mario Party Finally Gets It Right!

I’ve been a fan of the Mario Party series since the very first one back on the the Nintendo 64. I’ve played countless hours across Mario Party 1, 2 and 3, and moderately enjoyed the first couple of entries on the GameCube. Ever since then though, I’ve been waiting for an entry in the series…

Trophies: My Final (Late) Gripe of 2018

The year of 2018 was a decent year for gaming, and 2019 is looking like it’ll be even better. After spending this last month talking about all the good things we’ve seen this year and all the great stuff coming next year, I figured now would be the best time to finally talk about something…