Fallout 76 and ESO: A Novice’s Views – One Year Later

Last year, I dove head first and rather blindly into two massive MMOs worlds – the well-established environs of The Elder Scrolls Online and the newly irradiated landscapes of Fallout 76. After lightly sinking my teeth into both, I offered up some takes comparing these titles, and I came to the somewhat obvious conclusion that…

Could TV Ads Be Coming to Console Games?

I won’t lie.  I can be a rather negative person.  Nevertheless, I have had a certain bad premonition for years about the future of gaming that might be coming true.  In a troubling turn of events, I have learned that TV ads could possibly begin showing up in our console video games!  Yes, including those…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #163

Up this week: Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES, 1997) – follow along on another of Kirby’s adventures, in which our adorable pink alien must yet again save his fellow Dream-Landers from Dark Matter! Fe (Switch, 2018) – journey with us through this beautiful, meditative adventure game where secrets abound and songs serve as communication. Not…

Impressions from the Xbox Games Showcase

After the strange debacle that was, generally, the pre-release of the Xbox One, what with Microsoft’s odd focus on it being your one-stop-shop for “entertainment” over just games (Watch TV! Interact with sports! Skype with your friends! Share videos on YouTube! Oh, and use it to play games, too. /sadtrombone), it comes as no shock…

Singing with Animals in Fe

Despite my stubborn love of physical games over digital, I have started to amass a small collection of digital games on the Switch (“amass” meaning about five games, which accounts for about 50% of my entire Switch collection, so…it’s all relative, I suppose).  This all started when I was perusing the Switch eShop out of…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #162

Up this week: Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES, 1997) – follow along on another of Kirby’s adventures, in which our adorable pink alien must yet again save his fellow Dream-Landers from Dark Matter! Fe (Switch, 2018) – journey with us through this beautiful, meditative adventure game where secrets abound and songs serve as communication. Not…

I Am the Future of Gaming?

I couldn’t help but chuckle a little bit after reading Phil Spencer’s recent and well-meaning Xbox Wire post, “You Are the Future of Gaming.” Microsoft wants to the Xbox Series X to do well, obviously, and Mr. Spencer is an awesome salesman. The post thoughtfully enforces Xbox’s current mantra of inclusion and access — how…

Resonance: Castle from Yoshi’s Island

Yoshi’s Island is a charming game from the SNES era that I didn’t get the pleasure of playing until not too terribly long ago.  The game’s crayon-like art style and general adorableness pairs well with upbeat music, the likes of which have been stuck in my head thanks to Super Smash Bros long before I…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #161

Up this week: Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES, 1997) – follow along on another of Kirby’s adventures, in which this adorable part-alien and part-vacuum cleaner must yet again save his fellow Dream-Landers from Dark Matter! Fe (Switch, 2018) – journey with us through this beautiful, meditative adventure game where secrets abound and songs serve as…

Top 5: Memorable Real-Life Locations in Games

Although I’ve been enjoying The Talos Principle, I find that when I start playing puzzle games, I often need to to have another, less cerebral game going at the same time. Recently, I found the perfect such candidate in Marvel’s Spider-Man. I’m still finding my footing with this game, but its high-action pacing and web-slinging…