Live a Live: Thematic Evil and Intertwining Narratives

Live a Live is a weird game. You only need look up a few of the reviews to get an idea for that. Originally released only in Japan in 1994 on the SNES, this RPG has been considered something of a hidden gem ever since. A fanmade translation patch came out for it in theContinue reading “Live a Live: Thematic Evil and Intertwining Narratives”

Stardew Valley: Nuance, Worldbuilding, and Surprising Characterization

Stardew Valley has been around for over six years now. There are already countless other reviews, guides, interviews, mods, details, and perspectives around the game. Naturally that means that I’m going to mostly just skim the review portion of the game to pretty well agree with the consensus here: Stardew Valley is, in most ways,Continue reading “Stardew Valley: Nuance, Worldbuilding, and Surprising Characterization”

Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – Fun Film, Mixed Message

Like many a nostalgic cartoon viewer, I had mixed feelings after seeing all the trailers for the Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers film. I hadn’t exactly grown up watching the Disney Afternoon (I was a Turtles and X-Men kid), but I do recall what those shows were like. I’d also watched them fairly recently, havingContinue reading “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers – Fun Film, Mixed Message”

Final Fantasy IX: The Game That Makes Me Love Games

I regularly watch several video game critics, as well as reading several magazines, reviews, etc. It’s part of what I do just in normal, but definitely something I pay attention to now that I’m regularly writing on video games myself. Lately I’ve been into Geek Critique, a YouTuber who regularly goes into various video gamesContinue reading “Final Fantasy IX: The Game That Makes Me Love Games”

Triangle Strategy: Square-Enix Aiming for Their Own Throne

I’ve mentioned Final Fantasy Tactics before. If you plan and/or write about Strategy/Tactical Role Playing Games (SRPGs) like I do, then it comes up. This game came out on the original Playstation almost two decades ago, and essentially popularized the genre over here. It tells the grand story of Ramza Beoulve, the disgraced youngest sonContinue reading “Triangle Strategy: Square-Enix Aiming for Their Own Throne”

Bravely Default 2: Bravely Going Where Several Have Gone Before

Four warriors are drawn together through the tides of destiny. Each sets out with their own separate goal: a purpose in mind. One looks to save her kingdom; another searches for a lost person; another to uncover mysteries; the last… the last is there to help and to have adventures. They find themselves blessed byContinue reading “Bravely Default 2: Bravely Going Where Several Have Gone Before”

Guilty Pleasures, Game Preservation, and a Touch of Madness

Previously there was a game that was only released on the original playstation. This game was one of several RPGs that came to our shores after the absolutely massive success of Final Fantasy 7. FF7 informed the public that RPGs could be a thing, and everybody wanted a piece of Squaresoft’s (now Square-Enix) pie. ThisContinue reading “Guilty Pleasures, Game Preservation, and a Touch of Madness”

On Cooking Competitions and the Importance of Guilty Pleasures

Over this past week or so, I’ve been binge-watching Bravo’s Top Chef. This is one of those several reality competition shows, wherein a group of trained chefs (usually somewhere between 12 and 17, and yes, that is a range) compete with one another in various culinary based challenges for the title of “Top Chef,” recognition,Continue reading “On Cooking Competitions and the Importance of Guilty Pleasures”

Eastward: Of Our Atmospheric Journey Ever East

Our tale begins in the semi mysterious, underground island of Potcrock. Here we meet the stoic, usually silent Digger John. He works in the mines, and is known for being one of the toughest customers on the island. The entire place feels oppressive, from the dingy environment to the confining, engaging music. John looks scruffy:Continue reading “Eastward: Of Our Atmospheric Journey Ever East”