Opinions: A Dual Life Perspective – 1st Half 2020

Well. 2020 sure has been….something. The real has been exhausting, to be sure. I’ve felt like it’s been mostly a rollercoaster of event after event after event — and most of those events have been life-changing. When the year began, work felt like a marathon sprint with no end in sight. Just incredibly busy and…

Opinions: My Top 5 Underrated Gaming Soundtracks

Earlier today Lady Pelvic put up a great video on her favorite gaming soundtracks that she felt are underrated: And while she excluded JRPGs (namely because she did them on their own), I thought it might be fun to do the same exercise myself. I will include JRPGs in my tally, though. Let’s go! I’ve…

Opinion: Composers I Wished Were in Smash Part 1

Last weekend I stumbled upon the following video: It’s a delightfully moody spin on Final Fantasy’s iconic chocobo theme done by Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka, one of my absolute favorites in the medium. While listening I realized that he hadn’t been invited (or at least committed) to join the roster for the Super Smash…

Opinion: Thoughts on Min Min joining Smash

ARMS joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate battle with Min Min! I’ve spent a few hours playing as her, so here’s my quick overview. Min Min is both straightforward and incredibly technical. She’s pretty to the point in terms of her loadout: she has her long ARMS at the ready at all times, with her…

Opinions: News Roundup – 6/25/2020

There has been SO much news the past couple weeks in the swirl of E3 replacements, and between work, Xenoblade and the ramifications of the world I’ve been unable to report on a lot of it. But that changes today! Here’s some news, trailers and updates I’m excited about. First off, Herzog Zwei is finally…

Opinion: Thoughts on the Recent Wave of Sexual Harassment Exposes in Gaming

The deluge of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual manipulation coming out in video games this week is appalling, yet unsurprising. Women suffer in this industry. I’ve written extensively about it, and yet the future refused to change. #Metoo never ended. It needs to continue to purge misogynists, predators, groomers and rapists out of the…

Opinions: Min Min from ARMS is the 6th Smash Ultimate DLC Fighter!

It’s official — Min Min is the ARMS candidate making the leap to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! I had wished for Twintelle in my speculation post, but Min Min is definitely the second strongest design from the game AND adds a woman of color to the roster (even if, alas, she does fall into some…

Opinions: What is the best Mini Console?

6/11/2020 Update – The TurboGrafx Mini has been released, evaluated and added to this article. I thought it might be interesting to see how each of the Minis I have compare against each other. I kept the math simple; I added up each “grade” and divided the total against the full amount of games per…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 5

Welcome to Part 5! Let’s finish up our ranking with a look at the last ten titles on the PC Engine! Seirei Senshi Spriggan Good to see some Compile love end up on the TG16 Mini — as one of the legends in the 80s shooter scene with Zanac, Guardic and The Guardian Legend/Guardic Gaiden,…

Opinion: Let’s Rank the TG16 Mini – Part 4

Welcome to Part 4! Let’s continue looking through the PC Engine titles. Dragon Spirit It’s been a while since I played the arcade version of this game, but I feel like this might be the definitive way to play Dragon Spirit? The game is very responsive, the fantasy trappings are novel, and the soundtrack is…