Fan Or Not?

If there’s one concept that’s affected gaming more than any other, it would have to be fandom. Video games live and die by their fans, as do their publishers and developers. It’s why new IP are considered risky while resources are poured hand over fist into sequel after sequel. What is a fan though? Is…

Majora’s Scariest Story

You know, I was originally going to end this month of Zelda-ween with a look at the Happy Mask Salesman from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. He’s unusual, mysterious and also quite creepy (in Majora’s Mask at least); definitely worth a closer look. However, Zelda-ween is about the creepiest things to be found in…

Ocarina’s Other Scary Temple

What place immediately comes to mind when you hear the phrase “creepy Zelda dungeon”? It’s the Shadow Temple from Ocarina of Time isn’t it? Its image probably jumped into your head before you even finished reading that phrase. It should. The Shadow Temple was designed to be the most chilling experience of the entire game,…

First Impressions: INFRA and Sword ‘n Board

Would you want to play a game about being a civil engineer? How about a game where you’re a kid going on a pretend adventure in his back yard? What? “No”? Well, let’s see if we can change that. If there’s one thing that indie games have taught us over the last few years, it’s…

Resonance: Elegy of Emptiness

It’s not all that unusual for a piece of game music to affect someone. Really, that’s kind of what this whole “Resonance” series is about: the songs that affect us and stay with us for one reason or another. What I do think is unusual is for a piece of video game music to affect…

Games Only Make Fun Possible

Image captured by Hatm0nster After getting so excited for Destiny back in August, it’s less-than-stellar launch and developments have left me more than a little disappointed. I spent a great amount of the time I’ve spent playing it complaining, but the fact is that I’ve put in almost 80 hours of time into the game…

Majora’s Mask: The Greatest of the Oddball Zeldas

I’ve always had an odd relationship with the Zelda series. I think they’re all great games, they all play well, are memorable, and hold my attention. However, I’ve never liked what I call the traditional Zelda games as much as the odder entries in the franchise. I like the Oracle games over Link’s Awakening, Twilight…

The Silent Protagonist

As gamers we’ve all, at one point or another, come across this type of character. They’re often stoic and mysterious, mostly keeping their thoughts and opinions to themselves; in fact you don’t recall them saying much of anything at all even though the NPC’s react as if they had. This is the silent protagonist, a…