Opinions: The Ten Games that Perhaps Best Define Me

Recently a prompt has been making its way around social media: pick ten games that will help you get to know me. An interesting thought, this. So I decided to look at what I think overall encompasses my passion for games, without looking necessarily at my favorites or anything like that — the games that…

Decade of Memories: My 10 Favorite Gaming Ephemera this Decade

Over the past ten years I’ve gathered a bunch of gaming stuff — one thing I will say is that the amount of toys, books, art and shirts for games has exponentially increased — and I wanted to share some of my favorite pickups I’ve gotten the past ten years. This includes items that may…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shiho Fujii

Shiho Fujii Fujii is a relative newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining the company in 2007. After getting her feet wet with some musical support for Wii Fit and Animal Crossing: City Folk, she was asked to contribute to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s soundtracks. Once the Wii U…

Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #11 – 15

I did not plan this, but we have five rock-heavy anthem remixes on tap for today, so let’s kick off the jams with Lame Genie’s superb take on Jake Kaufmann’s legendary “Strike the Earth” from Shovel Knight. This is a pretty direct cover of the original, but the band delivers a decibel-ridden arrangement that digs…

Music: Top VGM STKs #7 – Splatoon 2/Octo Expansion

  Splatoon has become one of my favorite franchises in the past decade, if not all time. It’s just such a splendidly executed game world, and the music is a huge part of why I have all the emotions about it. I feel this soundtrack is related in spirit to Sega’s Jet Set Radio, but…

2015 – A Dual Life Perspective (Parts I, II and III)

Originally written in 2015 and early 2016. End-of-the-year reflections are in full force across the gaming sphere, but I’ve only played three games that have come out in 2015 (Splatoon, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows). And while I have bought or been gifted several games in the last week thanks…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – Wii U

As you might have guessed by my moving the NES and Super NES articles, I’m going to begin working on this series anew over here at LVLS. And it seems fitting to relaunch it with the unfortunate Wii U, a system that truly deserved better than the reality it got. I love the console. It’s…

Opinion: Top 5 Ending Themes

To start off my new series on VGM favorites (I even made a new page for it!), I thought it would be fun to start off with my favorite ending/credit themes in video games. These five all appear in my Top 100 Favorite Songs in any game, and they are my favorite composition from the…