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  • Ni No Kuni or: Perfection of the JRPG

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    Just look at this. LOOK AT IT

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    It is so rare that I come off of a game with no major negative points, with only glowing praise and a giant grin on my face. Ni No Kuni isn't just a good game, it's a master's thesis on how to make a proper JRPG, and the high watermark for... More
  • My Games And Movies Of The Year

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    2011, for both films and games, was a stellar year. With both having so many greats, it was a bit hard for me to choose my favorites. After mulling it over for a while, I think I’m ready to say what my favorites were. Let’s get started, with my 5 favorite films of he year.

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    2011, for both films and games, was a stellar year. With both having so many greats, it was a bit hard for me to choose my favorites. After mulling it over for a while, I think I’m ready to say what my favorites were. Let’s get started, with... More
  • A Call To Arms For Villains: The Defamation

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    Hello, my villainous destroyers of worlds and peoples, how are you? Good? Well that’s just great. Because it sure as HELL doesn’t look like you are.When was the last time you killed a main character, hm? Or how about the last time you carried... More
  • Extra Life Marathon: What To Play For 24 Hours Straight

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    As you may have already known, I've entered the Extra Life charity even under Team GIO. But I think that's been talked about enough; The real question for me is what do I play? I don't want to play something I already own for 24 hours, so... More
  • I'm Complaining About Fanboys and MW3 and BF3 and Stuff In This Blog

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    Hello all. I know I’ve been delaying this one, and I’d just like to warn that it totally wasn’t worth waiting for! Anyway, I’m weighing in on the war between BF3 and MW3 (har har). And to be quite honest, I understand none of it... More
  • Saint's Challenge: The Difference Between Choice and Consequence

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    In many games today, a major selling point is being able to affect the world, or more colloquially, “player choice”. This term needs to die. Everything the player is doing in the game is a choice, and saying this is the equivalent of saying... More
  • Silver-Tongued Devils: Super Mario Galaxy

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    Oh, Nintnedo. For every remake and piece of dung you put out, you always manage to win me back with your inventive and supremely fun sequels. Super Mario Galaxy is no exception. And of course, one of my favorite parts of the game was the sound, specifically... More
  • The Classic and The Renowned: KOTOR vs. Mass Effect

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         While Mass Effect has better graphics and aesthetics,  being a generation ahead doesn't necessarily mean it has better gameplay. I'll say this right now, however: based solely on the coding of the games, Mass Effect is once again better, as KOTOR had more limitations as to what they could do. There are some collision and sound issues, and the AI is horrendous. However, gameplay is (again) another matter entirely. While Mass Effect is a cover-based shooter (ugh), KOTOR is an action oriented RPG. Now I admit I do hold a bit of a bias against cover based shooters (remember when you could run into a room with like a bajillion different weapons and blow everything to hell? Good times.), Mass Effect's is pretty well executed, blending the RPG gameplay Bioware is known for with more modern shooter elements. Also, you still get a health bar which is nice. But in my opinion, KOTOR makes up for all missteps with it's awesome powers, great blend of melee and ranged combat, and lightsabers. Advantage KOTOR.

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    Bioware is one of my favorite developers out there, if not my favorite. They consistently create engaging, interesting, and most of all fun games to play. Never have I thought any of their games were or are without fault, but the good far outweighs the... More
  • UPDATE: Disregard this blog. Really, pay no attention to it. It's quite foolish.

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         Military shooters are probably the biggest genre out there right now. Whether you like Call of Duty, Battlefield, or whatever other slightly different shooter, this genre isn't staying around for much longer. So what if it's the most profitable genre a developer can make a game in. So what if millions of people will buy the next iterations of CoD and Battlefield. These games may seem realistic now, but we'll eventually reach a point where realism doesn't matter. We'll be able to make games that have incredibly detailed aesthetics, lifelike AI, and pitch-perfect sound to match. And once we have the most realistic people, weapons, vehicles, etc., realism won't matter anymore.

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    Military shooters are probably the biggest genre out there right now. Whether you like Call of Duty, Battlefield, or whatever other slightly different shooter, this genre isn't staying around for much longer. So what if it's the most profitable... More
  • Why I Hate Musicals

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         I really hate musicals. It's almost irrational really. Anytime I hear a song that could be attributed to a musical I gain the sudden urge to punch something in what might be considered a face. In all honesty I should love musicals, as they put the music and sound over the other facets of the movie. But for some reason the combination of songs, dancing, and your standard movie makes me cringe. That's not to say I haven't watched musicals before (the horror). After all, some traumatic experience is usually involved in the process of hating something. For me, Disney is probably the one who instilled my hatred of musicals. But it wasn't the movies themselves; I actually quite like Disney movies. No, it was the fact that these characters where singing.

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    I really hate musicals. It's almost irrational really. Anytime I hear a song that could be attributed to a musical I gain the sudden urge to punch something in what might be considered a face. In all honesty I should love musicals, as they put the... More
  • Silver-Tongued Devils: Bastion

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    Bastion is currently my pick for game of the year. If you haven't played it and you own a 360, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING READING THIS BLOG. GO PLAY IT NOW. Back on track, the game is really wonderful. But what really makes it my favorite of the... More
  • Handheld Arena: 5 Reasons Why the PSV Will be Better than the 3DS

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    WARNING: OPINIONS AHEAD. I've never been one to consider myself a fanboy of any console or company. If they make a product I want, then I'll buy it. If I don't have their competitor's product, it doesn't mean I only like them. However... More
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