Opinion: Retro Comps – Taito Legends 1 and 2

Long ago, I had a feature here on retro compilations. This is an attempt to sort of bring that back, but this time around I’m just going to focus on the ones I think excel at their job of bringing together a bunch of great games. TAITO LEGENDS (PS2, Xbox, and PC) Highlights: Bubble Bobble,…

Opinion: Bless me bagpipes! :(

Alan Young passed away today; a 96 year legacy left behind him. Ducktales was a constant in my childhood — the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his family gave me an early (albeit stereotyped and somewhat offensive) glimpse into a world beyond America (er, Duckberg). McDuck was the highlight of the show, with Young giving…

Opinion: I need to say so much more on Resident Evil 6

I already wrote a fairly considerable amount of hate text on Resident Evil 6, but I feel compelled to add a little more to that screed. Of all of the games I’ve played — especially in recent times — I have to say that RE6 is unquestionably among the most disappointing. I have rarely seen…

Archives – Games I Strongly Disdain, V.1

You know, video games are generally good things, but I’ve run into quite a few that have gotten my gander. I wrote about a few of them back on P4, but I’ve retired that series some time ago. I held onto most of these pieces, though, so I’m going to recycle them over here. Here’s…

The Loss of the Digital – Reflections on the Demise of my Laptop

The bond we as humans form with our electronics is a strange — yet increasingly crucial — connection. The machines become extensions of our “souls”, as you will; a digital copy of our likes, dislikes and everything in between. Memories, favorites, private information — all become components of the CPUs and hard discs of computers,…

Archives – The Impetus: Buying my First Game

Originally posted on Game on Girl on 5/25/2013. Slightly edited. There’s been an awful lot of controversy the last few weeks (editorial note – YEARS holy fuck) in the industry. However, I would like to not talk about all that stuff today. It’s so easy to get absorbed into the Internet fervor and lose track…

Archives: My Series on Alderac’s Smash Up

I wrote a series of posts detailing the card game Smash Up, created by Paul Peterson for Alderac Entertainment Group, for Game on Girl and the Talking Time forums a while ago, and I’m going to compile them up here. I’ve made some slight edits. INTRODUCTION Sometime in 2012, my sister-in-law introduced my wife and…

Opinion: 6 New Nintendo Characters for the next Smash Bros.

Smash Bros. is one of those games where there could never seem to be enough characters…so here’s six I’d love to see pop up in the next entry. 6) Impa (Hyrule Warriors) One of the best surprises for me last year was discovering how amazing Koei Tecmo (of all developers!) made Impa one of my…

Archives: The Last Story Review

Note – This stands as the best review I wrote for LVLS back in the day. It conveys the passion I felt for The Last Story, and also provides some analysis in the Spoiler section at the bottom. With LVLS operating once again, it felt right to bring this back over. The Last Story (Wii)…

Archives: My Virtual History of the Super Mario series

Note – This is a MASSIVE post that compiles all of my posts from the first run of LVLS on the Super Mario Bros. franchise. I am looking at this as a first attempt to properly chronicle some sort of a history of video gaming, as well as the earliest I address my relationship with…

Archives: My Virtual History on the Metroid Franchise

Note – This series was originally from LVLS, so I decided to bring it back over now that the site is reopen. It builds upon the Super Mario Bros. history I did the year before, adding structure to the pieces and are generally better written (although my old habit of throwing hyphens in for dashes…