Most games have fighting of some kind in them. Whether it's decision-making in an RPG combat system, combo stacking in an Action game, or blasting monsters in a shooter, violence is conveyed in some way or form. You could even say that Mario jumping on enemies and them poofing out of existence is a... mild … Continue reading An Ode to Nonviolent Games
This past spring I had a lot of fun playing through Masahiro Sakurai's works and picking apart the elements of his design approach. It was certainly a highlight of the year. I figured why not do it again next year with another prominent game director? I already have a few devs that I'm thinking about: … Continue reading 4 Game Devs I’m Considering for a new Analysis Series
Obviously every year has games with inspired art direction, but 2019 especially had so many amazing-looking ones. From the childlike Yoshi's Crafted World to the gritty cyberpunk of Astral Chain, I believe I have a new visual standard for games. And even though I have my mini-review marathon on the way, I wanted to take … Continue reading 2019: The Best Year for Game Art Direction
Indulge me for just a little bit. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I've explored several fascinating and diverse landmarks in the region -- from the remains of ancient volcanoes to rocky coastlines, and from stark deserts to thick temperate rainforests. Never has a place I've lived in contain so many different biomes and land features … Continue reading Let’s Make a Game Inspired by the Pacific Northwest
Let's talk about GameStop. I loved GameStop as a kid. All those games on the shelves made the place feel like a library full of adventures, with limitless possibilities. As an adult... I can tolerate the store. I was in their Elite Pro program last year and they helped me afford all of the Wii, … Continue reading Can GameStop Survive?
I know that sounds a bit snobbish, but hear me out. It's a compliment, I promise. With the Sega Genesis Mini coming out in a few days, I did what any nerd who grew up in the '90s did: immediately consider buying it. The Super Nintendo was fun, and I coveted it / its games … Continue reading I Wish I Liked SEGA More
It all started with Okami HD. Well, I guess it all truly started with starting a career and finally having money to catch up on all the games I missed in my youth. And after Okami, my wallet started itching. How fortuitous that the 3DS started having many of their games go on sale... And … Continue reading State of the Backlog Address