Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/19/2017)

So last time we did a great example of box art, and this time…very much the opposite. I don’t know what marketing genius thought this would be a marvelous means of selling Taito’s cute puzzler Bust A Move 2 to Saturn and Playstation owners, but it happened, and we are all the worse for it….

Music – Chrono Trigger’s “Outskirts of Time”

Have you ever had a talk with somebody who somehow manages to make something you couldn’t quite piece together on your own suddenly collide together? I had such a chat today with a friend that managed to fill some of the gaping holes I had generated regarding my life the past couple years. It’s pretty…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/13/2017)

Hello folks! Once again, I’m resurrecting an old LVLs. feature. This time, it’s Artistic Discussion, a feature designed to talk about the good and the bad of gaming box art. Unlike last time, I’ll be posting one piece per post and it may be good OR bad, depending on my mood at the time. Today…

Opinions: 2017 – A Dual Life Perspective (Part I)

Well, it’s July, so it’s time for me to reflect on the first half of 2017 both in the real and in the virtual. The real has been…well…fascinating? Certainly surreal. And hard. Where to even begin? Well, I suppose I’ll start with the biggest elephant in the room, which has been learning how to adapt…

Opinion: Blaster Master Zero is the best game in the series

Sunsoft’s Blaster Master is one of the NES’ B-tier classics; not as iconic as Super Mario, Mega Man, Legend of Zelda or Castlevania, but still fondly remembered and a good game in its own right. However, it is a flawed one, primarily for its decision to handicap the player with a gun meter that drains…