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  • 31/31 Day 31-- That's All

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    Game Informer blog scene, it’s been fun. I’ll be popping in from time to time. If you want to keep up with my work you can do so on my YouTube channel. It’s been inactive this month due to this 31/31, but a news season is coming so expect some videos soon. The best place to absorb all the bile I spew though is my Twitter. Not sure if or where I would publish any of this theoretical music. Anywho, thanks for reading 207 blogs. Thanks Saint and Louis Garcia for giving my efforts some love in Blog Herding. Thanks to all the cool folks who’ve read, commented, and I’ve gotten to know outside of here. Later people.

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    I’ve done it...again. 31 blogs over the course of 31 days. I think this will be the last of me for a while. As I stated at the start of this, I’m trying to take a long hard look at my output as a creative. See what I like, what I don’t... More
  • 31/31 Day 30-- Breath of the Wild's Story Doesn't Get Enough Love

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    The Legend of Zelda is one of the most intrinsic pieces of art in my life; a life which has been dominated by art. Breath of the Wild is in many ways the game I’ve wanted since I was seven years of age, engrossed and amazed by Ocarina of Time. I’m not yet done with it. I’d like to keeping exploring until Persona 5 hits. I’m most certainly going to be getting the DLC whenever that happens, and will likely replay the whole thing in the years to come. The hype I built up in my mind for Breath of the Wild was immense, and damn is the end result truly special.

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    One criticism I’ve seen fired towards Breath of the Wild is the story. Or maybe I’ve just not seen the amount of praise I’d like. In some ways, this is my favorite Zelda story. In its many departures from the norm, Breath of the Wild... More
  • 31/31 Day 29-- Not Mass Effect: Andromeda Impressions

    The praise just hasn’t been there for Mass Effect: Andromeda. After hearing the Giant Bomb guys talk about it, and reading a handful of reviews, I’m doubting my chances of having much of anything positive to draw from it. This year has been so damn good and busy that transitioning into a merely okay is just not on my slate. Those Persona 5 reviews too, god damn it’s sounding like a third GOTY contender in the matter of a little over a month.

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    Okay, so maybe these are technically impressions, but they’re based off of the first two hours, gameplay footage I’ve watched, and thoughts from other critics. This is much more of a ramble about why I’m not playing Andromeda and probably... More
  • 31/31 Day 28-- This New Tech Hasn't Got Me Interested

    As things stand, these pieces of hardware seem to have little long term excitement around them. I wouldn't mind modable consoles. I'm hoping VR has a place in the future of this industry. Right now, I'm more than content with what I have.

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    This console generation is changing how we think about the notion of generations and the technological leaps made during them. The Scorpio, the Pro, and PSVR are the three big examples of such. None of which I have much interest in. When it comes to the... More
  • 31/31 Day 27-- Stop Taking Genres So Seriously

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    Another thing to keep in mind is that as the medium gets older, more developers are exploring and melding. It’s why RPG leveling mechanics are so commonplace today from The Witcher III, to Far Cry 4, to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This is natural. It happens to literally every other medium of art and entertainment. Movies, television, books, and music. Imagine trying to delineate all the different forms of rock from punk, to classic, to psychedelic, pop punk, alternative, and countless others. It’s not a hill anyone needs to die on, but if you want to just know I’ll be stepping right over your decaying corpse as your crusty lips mutter “Mass Effect 3 is too shallow to be an RPG.”

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    There are a few common game debates as painful as passing a kidney stone. Are games art? Yes. End of discussion. Are games causing people to be violent? Is this 90’s again? Is X even a game? Oh, *** off. And what genre a game is or isn’t.... More
  • 31/31 Day 26-- How Open Worlds Need to Rethink Transportation

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    I know I have some differing tastes, but that’s because open worlds are one of my favorite genres. To see such an increase in bad ones ripping on the GTA or Ubisoft formula that I don’t find all that great in the first place, is aggravating. I want more developers bringing unique ideas to the table. Horizon may riff on Ubi-worlds but it improves so many of the little things while making a gorgeous world populated by countless natural wonders. Breath of the Wild is sold on the idea of being one with nature. Yakuza and the early bits of Sleeping Dogs accepts that gamifying an entire modern city is a near impossible feat, so there is a focused vision to provide quality over quantity. Final Fantasy XV runs with the idea of a road trip though clever limitations. Open worlds can be great and revolutionary as they were when the genre first started. We just need more visionaries behind the wheel.

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    I, like many others, have had a great many ups and downs with the open world genre in the past five or so years. There are many of them and so few doing anything to stand out. Insert my millionth criticism of cookiecutter Ubi-worlds and the dreck they’ve... More
  • 31/31 Day 25-- I've Been Cheating

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    I haven’t played Breath of the Wild in over 24 hours. I think I might be going through some sort of withdraw. I do however enjoy these little breaks. They’re important to anyone trying to keep up with an multi-billion dollar industry. Late... More
  • 31/31 Day 24-- Xbox One Does Have its Moments

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    If anything, all of this should be a testament to why you should be mercenary in your allegiance to consoles and massive corporations. They offer a lot of cool shit, but not without plenty of faults. Given the chance, they’ll fuck you right in the wallet if they think they can turn a profit. But yes, the Xbox One isn’t complete and utter shit. Bravo.

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    Early in this 31/31 I discussed why I not only have chosen the PS4 as my console of this generation, but see why so many others have as well. It’s the better offer. Microsoft and the Xbox One aren’t without some advantages. Since the horrendous... More
  • 31/31 Day 23-- Five-ish Games I Want to Play for My Top 100

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    Still, I want to finish it. I want to see how it all ties together. It seems unfair not to, and some part of me is hoping I’ll have some sort of revelation and at least come out the other end with some semblance of enjoyment.

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    Like yesterday, I’m here to talk about five-ish games I’m really hankering to play. All pre-2017, mind you. Some I’ve dabbled in, others have soaked up a fair amount of my life yet remain unfinished. Most importantly though, these are... More
  • 31/31 Day 22-- Five Games I Want to Replay For My Top 100

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    Coming off Rogue One I was reminded a great deal of KOTOR II. It’s a darker, more grounded and thoughtful take on a series often filled with more family friendly adventures. Certainly terrific adventures, but I have a preference for heady fiction. Also, I quite like the notion of training my own force users and moral ambiguity provided by the smaller narrative details such as the grey jedi. It's been a long time since I've done as much

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    Back in January I mentioned how I’m working on a Top 100 games list. A daunting project that will take me all year. Part of the process will be going back to games I’ve not played in a long time. Some favorites, some not so much. More so the... More
  • 31/31 Day 21-- Writing for Myself vs. Writing for a Publication

    I do enjoy writing for myself. With every group I’ve worked with there has been issues. Some large, others small. Early on the first couple places I wrote for lacked identity. Writers met weekly quotas, and I occasionally spoke to an editor for simple corrections before publishing or obtaining review copies. Speaking of which, getting my first review copy was pretty great. I was “lucky” enough to cover a terrible Deadliest Warrior game and had a physical copy sent to my house from the publisher. Review guideline sheet and all. Considering most places send out codes theses days, it’s kind of neat piece of history I have lying in a drawer filled with mementos.

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    In some form or another I’ve been writing about games for roughly seven years. Beginning in my senior year of high school for the school paper, I started taking an interest in journalism. The first piece I wrote was a review for the Awakening expansion... More
  • 31/31 Day 20-- Breath of the Wild is Anime

    Mushi-shi takes place in a fictitious version of Japan during the later years of the Edo period. That’s roughly the mid-1800’s for you, a time where Japan was firmly isolationist and the industrial revolution had not taken hold. In Mushi-shi a wandering medicine man of sorts named Ginko travels the serene countryside, encountering creatures known as mushi. Essentially ethereal beings that most humans can’t perceive and can often cause supernatural happenings. The show takes on a very calming tone, where Ginko is wandering in gorgeously animated landscapes solving the problems of small villages and discovering the mysteries of the natural world. It’s a methodical, relaxing watch with little traditional anime action or melodrama.

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    Now hear me out. Yes, anime is a broad word to be slinging about in such a fashion. Yes, Breath of the Wild isn’t overtly anime as much as it is simply Japanese. However I can’t shake the feeling it has a ton in common with a few anime in... More
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