The Talos Principle Proves that I Still Have A Lot to Learn

In Jim’s Henson’s movie Labyrinth, there’s a scene where the protagonist (who is stuck in said labyrinth) is told that a solid rock wall contains an opening. After visually inspecting the wall and believing that if it looks like a wall, it is a wall (onscreen, it does look like a solid wall), she’s told…

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review

For the last ten years, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and I have kept passing each other by, with no more than mere glances in the other’s direction before ultimately going our separate ways.  Whether in the form of a physical SNES cartridge or a quick download vie the Wii U Virtual Console, I have had…

YouTube Highlights, Weekly Edition #164

Up this week: Child of Light (Switch, 2018) – travel with us to a land called Lemuria where we must help a young girl named  Aurora restore its light and defeat the Queen of Night. [NEW!] Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES, 1997) – follow along on another of Kirby’s adventures, in which our adorable pink…

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…