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A Proposal for a More
Meaningful Review Scoring System A Proposal for a More Meaningful Review Scoring System

Despite their prevalence, numerical scores in reviews are frequently disparaged as useless or misleading, especially in the gaming community. In many cases these scores are seen as actively harmful for their ability to influence consumers in ways that do not reflect the actual quality of the title being reviewed.…

Torna: The Golden Country First Impressions Torna: The Golden Country First Impressions

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 came out in a year jam-packed with incredible video games. From Nintendo alone, in 2017 we saw the release of instant classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, a bold new intellectual property in the form of Arms, and a stunning sequel to the Wii U’s rare…

Sir Hippo’s Final Thoughts
on the SixTAY Days of Writing Challenge Sir Hippo’s Final Thoughts on the SixTAY Days of Writing Challenge

We have reached the end, my friends. After two full months, this outrageous grind has finally reached its terminus. Today is day number sixty.

The Octopath
Experiment: Conclusions The Octopath Experiment: Conclusions

After a week with the game, I have beaten the first chapter for every character in Octopath Traveler. I know, that’s a snail’s pace for some, but I think I’ve finally played enough to draw some conclusions for my hypotheses I posited a week ago.

Why I Got My Nerdy
Tattoos Why I Got My Nerdy Tattoos

I’ve mentioned them a couple times on various posts, but here it is again: I have two geeky tattoos. I have the wingcrest from The Legend of Zelda on my back and Ruby Rose’s symbol from RWBY on my right shoulder. On a general level, tattoos are often looked down upon in many cultures for a variety of reasons. Even in…

Octopath Traveler is Elevated By its Superficial Details Octopath Traveler is Elevated By its Superficial Details

Octopath Traveler has received quite a bit of criticism for its by-the-book storytelling and shallow characters. I’m not nearly far enough into the game to comment on these points, and I would be beating an already pulverized and very dead horse if I were to do so. What I can say is that the aesthetic aspects of the…

Alcohol Enhances
Single Player Games Too Alcohol Enhances Single Player Games Too

I have a bit of a confession to make. Or, well, to reiterate. Several of my articles for the SixTAY Days of Writing challenge were written when I was, to put it politely, wasted out of my mind. I admitted this in the tags of a few of these articles, but I’m under the impression that no one reads the article tags. So…

Is There Anything
More Frustrating Than an Unstable Internet Connection? Is There Anything More Frustrating Than an Unstable Internet Connection?

Finally, I pose a question in the headline that I can answer. Even if that question is obnoxiously long.

A Fool of a Fascist A Fool of a Fascist

Come, sit down a while, let me tell you a story about my inexplicable inability to shut my damn mouth.

Octopath While Traveling Octopath While Traveling

Thanks to some short-handedness at work, I once again find myself traveling the barren wastelands of west Texas. I had hoped the time between these extended trips would be longer, but here we are. The silver lining to this dismal stormcloud is that I have fewer things to distract me from my shiny new Switch games. So,…

Ice Effects in Anime
are Awesome Ice Effects in Anime are Awesome

…Yeah, I know. Kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel on this one. Oh well.

The Lament of a Newbie Figure Collector The Lament of a Newbie Figure Collector

Recently, I’ve seen quite a few positive discussions about the anime Overlord. I figured I’d give it a shot since I’m generally a fan of the ever-largening isekai genre. From what I’ve seen, it’s a fairly shallow but massively entertaining show. I intend to watch the rest of it when I have the free time, but there was…

Confession: I Like
Bad Edgy Things Confession: I Like Bad Edgy Things

Alright I think I’ve been around here long enough to divulge one of my deepest, darkest secrets. Something so vile and indefensible that I am guaranteed to lose a few friends after this article is posted. I… really like Shadow the Hedgehog. I’m so sorry.

Ranking Monster Hunter Weapons Ranking Monster Hunter Weapons

It’s a fantastic time to be a Monster Hunter fan. Thanks to Monster Hunter World the series is more popular than ever, and that game is finally coming to PC in August! And if that weren’t enough, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is coming to the West in the same month! Needless to say, I am incredibly excited for…

What is the Best Way
to Recommend Something? What is the Best Way to Recommend Something?

For anyone with a passion for video games, anime, movies, or any other entertainment medium, recommending a particular work to an interested individual is an extremely common process. On one hand, that passion naturally drives you to want to share your favorite works with others. On the other, if you establish…

Taking the Easy Way
Out Taking the Easy Way Out

You ever reach a point where you’re so devoid of energy, so indescribably unmotivated, that even life’s most common complexities seem like impossible hurdles? I’m talking the kind of mood that makes it hard to pick up the TV remote that’s two feet out of your reach. The kind of mood that makes getting out of bed a…

My Handle Might Be a
Little Silly My Handle Might Be a Little Silly

A lot of people have a deeply personal connection to their gaming handle. Maybe it comes from their favorite game, or from a long-cherished memory with a close friend. It could be an important person in their lives, or a joke that never fails to make them laugh. There are infinite possibilities when selecting an…

Remembering the Value
of Practice Remembering the Value of Practice

With my job now taking up most of my time, a lot of my hobbies have had to fall by the wayside. I’ve been able to keep up with a few of my favorites, obviously including video games and writing, but I haven’t had the time to do a lot of the things I used to really enjoy. One such activity that I regret neglecting is…

Oh Lord, What Have I
Done? Oh Lord, What Have I Done?

Back when Fire Emblem Heroes first came out, I was fairly invested in the game. I found its shallower take on Fire Emblem strategy to be pretty mindlessly engaging, something I could easily play in two-minute sessions while in line at the grocery store, or if a computer program at school was being particularly…

Are Games Collectible? Are Games Collectible?

Well, obviously, since you can collect them. But I mean in a more intrinsic sense.

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