Archive

– Features –

  • Games I Like That Most People Don’t (Part 1)
    What clicked with me about these games that didn’t with most other players?
  • The Two Faces of Metroid: Other M
    A look at the jarring difference between gameplay and storytelling in Nintendo’s most controversial Metroid game.
  • The Music of Donkey Kong Country
    A look back at some of my favorite music tracks from the DKC series.
  • Games That Grew On Me
    Talking about a few games that I didn’t care for the first time I played them, but grew to appreciate as time passed.
  • Pandora’s Tower: The Strongest Link
    A look at the relationship between Aeron and Elena.
  • The Wizard: Road to the Past
    Reminiscing about one of my favorite childhood films.
  • Contra: Arcade vs. NES
    What are the best parts of each version?
  • StarTropics: A Test of Island Courage
    Remembering Nintendo’s classic NES adventure StarTropics and its sequel Zoda’s Revenge.
  • Gunstar Heroes: Our Only Hope
    A look back at Sega and Treasure’s all-too-brief Gunstar Heroes series.
  • Games With Great Storytelling
    Discussion a few games that found clever ways of telling their stories.
  • Rockin’ the Dreamcast: Music That Defined a Console
    A look back at the distinct music in several Dreamcast games.
  • My All-Time Favorite 2D Platform Games (Part 1)(Part 2)
    Exactly what it says: a list of my personal favorite 2D platform games.
  • Sin and Punishment: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
    A brief look back at Nintendo and Treasure’s overlooked rail-shooter series, Sin and Punishment.
  • The Legacy of Wonder Boy
    Despite being a somewhat obscure game, Westone’s Wonder Boy had a significant influence.
  • Mega Shock! – Looking Back at Neo Geo
    Recollections of the Neo Geo and its games.
  • Raiders of the Lost Arcade Game
    The emergence of Aquario of the Clockwork.
  • Forgotten Games From Famous Names
    A quick look at two obscure games from well-known designers: Jordan Mechner’s The Last Express and Alexey Pajitnov’s Pandora’s Box.
  • Fatal Fury – The Other Street Fighter II
    How SNK’s Fatal Fury advanced the fighting game genre in the shadow of Capcom’s Street Fighter II.
  • A Tale of Two Tails
    The legacy of CyberConnect2’s Tail Concerto and Solatorobo.
  • Then and Now – Sega
    A brief summary of the history of Sega.
  • Then and Now – Link (The Legend of Zelda)
    A contrast of the character designs for Link from the original Legend of Zelda in 1986 and Skyward Sword in 2011.
  • Then and Now – Metroid
    A rather poorly written contrast of the original 1986 Metroid and 2010’s Other M.

  • – Editorials –

    “Video Games” and “Videogames”
    Musings on spelling “video games” as one word or two.

    Nintendo Myths: Mature Content and Censorship
    Rebutting the perception that Nintendo has policies against explicit violence and sexual themes.

    Roger Ebert and Video Games
    Thoughts on the passing of Roger Ebert, and his comments on video games.

    Xenoblade Chronicles ArtworkAfter the Rain
    Operation Rainfall represented something greater than a simple video game campaign.

    The Last StoryThe Rainfall Trilogy
    Thoughts on the three games targeted by Operation Rainfall.

    RPG ReflectionsRPG Reflections (Parts 1-5)
    Recollections of my experiences playing RPGs over the years.

    Spoiler Sensitivity
    Spoiler Sensitivity

    Are players going overboard in trying to avoid spoilers?


    – Castlevania-thon –

    Castlevania-thon '13Castlevania: Bloodlines & Portrait of Ruin
    Discussing two of my favorite games in the series, covering the exploits of the Morris family.

    The Heroes of Castlevania
    A look at some of the main protagonists in the Castlevania series.

    More Music of Castlevania
    Highlighting music from the “Metroidvania” era.

    Music of CastlevaniaThe Music of Castlevania
    Highlighting the main themes of the early Castlevania games.

    The Illusions of CastlevaniaThe Illusions of Castlevania
    Unearthing the numerous cancelled and rumored games in the Castlevania series.


    – Miscellaneous –

    Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles – Addendum
    An article intended to supplement the piece I wrote for Hardcore Gaming 101.


    – Reviews –

    The Last ExpressThe Last Express
    “It’s a little non-traditional as far as adventure games go, but it must certainly be one of the best.”

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    “If this game’s destiny was to follow in the footsteps of previous legends, then it accomplishes exactly that.”

    Solatorobo: Red the HunterSolatorobo: Red the Hunter
    “This is a game with a big heart, and that’s something that I think games really need more of these days.”

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