Friday, December 25, 2015

Mother 3 & Grief

This is kind of a ramble and it didn't actually start life with the intent that it'd be a blog post, so beware.

Serious spoilers for Mother 3 below the jump. Don't take that lightly; Mother 3 is probably my favorite game of all time, and it's something that everyone (everyone) should play through, unspoiled, at least once. You haven't done that, go do that. This is the part where I'd tell you to give Nintendo some money because they make good shit even if they are dicks, but the form their Mother 3 dickery takes is a staunch refusal to take your money, so whatever, fuck it; yarr, matey. But I wanted to talk about how Mother 3 uses grief as a theme, and how it reinforces narrative with mechanics and vice versa in service of that theme.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Killing Metroid

Let me apologize in advance: this is a Blog Post in the truest sense. It is scrawled off quickly, in a state of relatively high emotion, shortly after the impetus for writing it. I'm not going to pretend that it's going to be immaculately structured or particularly well-written; I'm certainly not going to pretend that it's going to be anything approaching fair or evenhanded to its subjects! I am Very Angry About Video Games. This is a Very Angry About Video Games post.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My thoughts on Bloodborne [Spoilers below the jump]

Okay, so, let's just go ahead and do the ADHD version of this big, messy thing right now: Bloodborne is a very good game. You should buy it and you should play it. If you don't own a PlayStation 4 - and that's a reasonable enough notion, given that there has hitherto been absolutely no compelling reason to own a PlayStation 4 beyond "fuck, I've got all these indie titles from PS+ anyway and I've got some cash to blow" - you should buy a PlayStation 4. That will make Bloodborne a $460 video game! You could buy a lot of things for $460 dollars. You could buy 50 pounds of coffee. You could buy a very shitty car. You could buy 80 pounds of Cheetos on Amazon - with free delivery, even.

Bloodborne is worth $460 dollars.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dark Souls II, Soul Memory, and why the Agape Ring isn't a solution

I said that I'mma start a blog, but I really need some pompous, overlong shit to set the tone, right?

So, let's talk about irrevocability, how it applies to the Souls games, and how Dark Souls II's introduction of the new Agape Ring successfully fixes some of the fundamental issues of the Soul Memory matchmaking system at the expense of creating a game that is – on the grand scale – a deeply unpleasant experience to actually play. Hold on, don't start cursing at me in the comments yet; give me some time to dig myself a real nice ditch, if you'd be so kind.