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: My Top 111, #18-19

19) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Good: Gorgeous spritework; some of the best ever put in a game. Alucard has a huge moveset and inventory, giving him multiple approaches to combat and exploration. Splendid music and backgrounds merge to create spectacular atmosphere. Great bestiary. Poor: Inverted Castle is neat at first, but wears itself thin…

Music: Five Great Compositions from Women

It’s a bit of a tradition of mine to write about women composers in March, so I’m going to do that again with 5 of my favorite songs from my Top 100. Into the Wilderness, Wild ARMs, Michiko Naruke, PS1, Sony/Media.Vision, 1997 I absolutely adore the introduction to Wild ARMs, which is primarily due to…

Opinion: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Koji Igarashi’s first effort to remix Castlevania into a new play genre is arguably one of the finest games ever made, PS1 or otherwise. It has a creative dedication to its mechanisms and its world that none of the subsequent games would ever muster. Alucard, free from the tyranny of the Belmont clan that had…