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Is difficulty a good metric for quality?

Most of us had that conversation before and will have it again many times, whether it’s us criticizing something as “simple” or whether it’s someone else criticizing something we like as “easy”. I’ve had this conversation recently about music, movies, games, anything under the sun can fall into that category. For me, the answer is […]

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The 1 to 5 on games: The Gunk

This format is a shorter, more to-the-point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant a more […]

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The Forgotten City game review

In the world of video games, 2021 will be remembered for one thing: Time-loops. Appropriate for a year where most of us had expected to return to normality after a year during a pandemic, yet even beginning to return to that past normality was met with further lockdowns and setbacks, as if we were stuck […]

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Reviewing Studio Fizbin’s busy 2021

Say No! More and Minute of Islands One of my favorite indie studios is Image & Form of SteamWorld fame mainly because of their ability to tackle different genres with the execution, balance, and maturity of seasoned developers of that genre. Studio Fizbin is not one of my favorite indie developers – in fact, I […]

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Sable game review

There’s an area in Sable that is a shipyard/graveyard of old ships. As I waited to complete a quest that needed some time to pass, I decided to venture into that area one last time, before completing the game; I realized that this vast, open space filled with dead ships can be connected to the […]

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Psychonauts 2 game review

When this year’s Game Awards nominations were announced, one of the most noteworthy news was that Xbox is the most nominated publisher of the year – the other one being the controversial snub of Forza Horizon 5 from the Game of the Year category. That news alone points to how far Xbox has come in […]

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Unpacking review and a discussion on game pricing and worth

Gaming discourse can be a fun space to interact with. I remember back in 2017 when Odyssey was first revealed and people (including myself) absolutely lost their minds when Mario had nipples; all that additional power of the Switch utilized to give Mario what he has been missing all these years: Nipples. It was some […]

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The 1 to 5 on games: Dodgeball Academia

This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]

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Music Games 2021 Part Two: Of bird and cage

Compared to The Longest Road on Earth, Of bird and cage (OBAC) seems to be a completely different proposition; where TLROE is immediately recognizable as indie, OBAC is AA through and through. Graphics that look good from afar and terrible up-close? Check. An assortment of gameplay and narrative ideas that show great ambition yet deliver […]

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Music games 2021: The Longest Road on Earth and Of bird and cage.

Part One: The Longest Road on Earth For the longest time, music as a primary feature in a video game came in the form of rhythm mechanics or critics praising the soundtrack of a particular game and citing it as a highlight of their time with a game. As time passed, musicians became more interested […]