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…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…

Music: Four More Fantastic Women Composers

Radiant Historia – The Edge of Green (DS, Atlus, Yoko Shimomura) Shimomura needs really no introduction, as she is arguably the best known woman in video game music today: her back catalog includes selections from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario RPG and many more. I chose this song as…

Opinion: Absolute Bullshit Design in Games (8/20/2016)

Suikoden. Great game. Its direct sequel is proving to be even better. So unlike the last time I wrote one of these, there’s an actual ping of regret for tearing into these games (sorry RE6). But there’s one element that plagues both games and have made me incredibly sour, and that’s the dice game (Chinchirorin)….