Opinion: Reflecting on Toys R Us

So yesterday confirmed the news that Toys R Us would be shutting down its entire US operation, resulting in the closure of all of its stores and the termination of around 33,000 employees. This is a dire situation indeed — especially for the poor employees (I don’t care much for corporate, given they gave themselves…

Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2017 (Pt. 2)

All right, so here we are with the second half of my year in review for 2017. This was ultimately a better six months than the first. I had a job through all of it (I’m not huge on it but it’s a steady source of income more or less), my healing made a ton…

Opinion – Lyrics that Impacted Me in 2017, Pt. 2

Continuing on from my last post on the topic, here’s a few more songs whose lyrics hit me like a ton of well-intentioned and helpful bricks. :p Jun Senoue, Crush 40 – Escape from the City, Sonic Adventure 2 (Luiza117 cover) “Danger is lurking around every turn Trust your feelings, gotta live and learn I…

Opinions: Lyrics that Deeply Affected Me in 2017, Pt. 1

Welcome to the beginning of my 2017 remembrances and awards and such! To begin, I’d like to touch upon some of the songs whose lyrics brought me healing, acceptance and calm during a very turbulent year. This will be a bit personal so if that isn’t what you want right now you’ve been forewarned. Some…

12 YEARS OF LVLS SPECIAL ILLUSTRATION

Here we are on August 6th, the anniversary of this crazy expedition of blogging about games! Now I did say yesterday I’ve been at this for 16 years, but Lvl. did not start until 2005, making this particular project 12 years old. And if you’re relatively new to my content, this sketch will probably not…

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…

Personal: 2016 Essays

Last year was a monumental one for me, as a lot of things changed in my life. I wrote several essays for P4 about life events, but feel that they would probably fit better over here than on my academic blog. So I’m transferring them all over into this one post. These aren’t happy thoughts…