Animal Crossing New Horizons: I Guess This is my Life Now

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a Life Sim game developed and published by Nintendo. It released on March 20, 2020 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It costs $60. Every day after school, I fired up the GameCube and played Animal Crossing, and I was bent on collecting everything -- every critter, every fossil, every K.K. … Continue reading Animal Crossing New Horizons: I Guess This is my Life Now

An Ode to Nonviolent Games

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

Ranking Smash Ultimate’s First Wave of DLC Fighters

Normally I feel weird reviewing DLC, but I'll make an exception for Smash. It's been a while since I dissected something in this game, and I've had the itch to get out my video game scalpel. I need to come up with better metaphors. I gotta hand it to Sakurai, he always keeps us on … Continue reading Ranking Smash Ultimate’s First Wave of DLC Fighters

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Preview

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of Blue Rescue Team, released on the Nintendo DS, and Red Rescue Team, released on the Game Boy Advance, both coming out in September of 2006. The remake will release on March 6, 2020, for $60, and will be a Nintendo Switch Exclusive. These are my … Continue reading Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Preview

4 Game Devs I’m Considering for a new Analysis Series

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