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…

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…

Music – “Brave New World” by Richard Ashcroft

Best known for his work with The Verve and their smash “Bittersweet Symphony”, I recommend expanding a bit into Richard Ashcroft’s solo career, as he has done some pretty remarkable work on his own as well. Case in point, the delicately introspective “Brave New World” from Alone with Everybody, a song that has resonated with…

Opinions: Top 111 Statistics Continue with my Favorite Developers

I’ve put together my favorite games, so now I can start asking myself some questions I’ve floated for a while, like what’s my favorite developer (unsurprising spoiler — it’s Nintendo)? So let’s sort that out! Here’s how I’m going to score this — games in the 51 – 111 range will be awarded a half…

Opinions: Top 111 Statistics Continue with my Favorite Publishers

I’ve put together my favorite games, so now I can start asking myself some questions I’ve floated for a while, like what’s my favorite publisher (unsurprising spoiler — it’s Nintendo)? So let’s sort that out! Here’s how I’m going to score this — games in the 51 – 111 range will be awarded a half…

Opinion: So if the SNES Classic featured 30 games instead of 21…

So the just-announced SNES Classic has a plethora of games on it, and unlike the NES Classic I can’t really argue against any of their inclusions. I mean, I could do without a few of these because I have them in other formats, but in terms of the strength and importance of these picks, they…