#Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters

What’s Christmas without snow?  As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters.  It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad. …

What Makes Super Metroid Great: 21 Years Later

The waning health of my Super Nintendo has been a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it is quite a sad day indeed when one of your oldest consoles begins to die.  (Well, characters disappearing is definitely a nuisance, to say the least.)  Plus, now I need to hunt down a used one, still in working…

Metroid Prime: Throwing in the Towel and Final Thoughts

A little less than a year ago, I made a promise to myself to beat Metroid Prime, a game that had long been shamefully lingering in my backlog. At first, it was “All Systems GO!” I conquered the Pirate Frigate and the Parasite Queen. I bravely explored the Chozo Ruins and put an end to…

Finally Getting Back To It!

Image by Flickr User: clubizarre (cc) It’s been a week and a half now since we said goodbye to 2014, and I still haven’t quite gotten my head around the fact that the world has turned once again and left us at the bright beginning of a new year (just…wow!). So as you might imagine,…

Stories are the Keys

Image by Flickr User: Charles Williams (cc) It’s been an odd year in gaming for me.  Despite all the new games that have come out this year, I’ve often found myself drawn to the senior ranks of my collection. Mirror’s Edge, Final Fantasy VII, KotOR 2, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, etc., somehow they’ve all wound…

Being Alone in the Void and Staying That Way

Image By Flickr user: JBLivin Dark. Vast. Alien. Alone. Each of these words can inspire fear, as well as describing fears in and of themselves. Indeed, being cold and alone in the darkness of an alien place is perhaps the sum of all fears for many. Yet what is essentially the ultimate combination of these…

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…