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…

Opinion: An Ode to the Glory Days of Konami

Originally posted on P4. The past year has been drastic for the publisher Konami, particularly in view of their video gaming legacy. I won’t go into the specifics of their spiraling descent out of the gaming industry — Eurogamer has the details on all that — but what I would rather do is focus on…