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  • Golden Sun Needs to Rise Again

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    Thanks to the success of the Switch, Nintendo has done a great job of dispelling much of the negativity and uncertainty surrounding the company during the disastrous Wii U era.  Between crafting some of their greatest first party titles to date and making the console a haven for indie developers, Nintendo has crafted a console/handheld hybrid that has more games worth playing in its library in just one year  than the Wii U mustered in its entire lifespan.  That being said, there is absolutely room for the beloved company to continue to improve.  Major third party support, while improving, is still lacking in comparison to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.  Moreover, Nintendo continues to favor several of its tried and true IPs instead of giving some of its older, but equally beloved ones time to shine.

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    Thanks to the success of the Switch, Nintendo has done a great job of dispelling much of the negativity and uncertainty surrounding the company during the disastrous Wii U era. Between crafting some of their greatest first party titles to date and making... More
  • A Way Out's Unapologetic Vision is Refreshing

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    As video games continue to become an increasingly lucrative industry, there have been efforts to make them more accessible and appealing to a wider audience in order to entice as many buyers as possible.  The former is generally a good thing - I welcome options that bring newer, less experienced, or even disabled gamers into the fold without adulterating the core experience.  Uncharted 4, with options like auto-aiming did a fantastic job at this.  The latter however, is quite concerning.  AAA games are generally focus tested so heavily to cater to as many gamers as possible, that the result is, in my opinion, a wealth of increasingly generic games that fail to stand out from one another.

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    As video games continue to become an increasingly lucrative industry, there have been efforts to make them more accessible and appealing to a wider audience in order to entice as many buyers as possible. The former is generally a good thing - I welcome... More
  • Owlboy and the Joy of Indie Gaming

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    My tastes in gaming are certainly very fluid.  I find that as I continue to grow older and experience new things in life, the games I gravitate towards change alongside me.  In recent years for example, I've generally grown tired of the increasingly same-y AAA Western games that our industry continues to pump out in favor of Japanese and indie titles.  Personally, I feel as though AAA Western games try to make their games accessible and appealing to as wide an audience as possible (to generate as much money as possible), that they end up feeling generic and soulless as a result.  On the other end of the spectrum you have Japanese and indie developers, many of which acknowledge that their audience will be smaller by nature, and instead passionately craft a game that will resonate with a more niche audience.

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    My tastes in gaming are certainly very fluid. I find that as I continue to grow older and experience new things in life, the games I gravitate towards change alongside me. In recent years for example, I've generally grown tired of the increasingly... More
  • The Best Games I Played in 2017

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    This is a blog I've been looking forward to publishing for quite some time.  It's been said in countless of my own blogs and pieces that other people put out this year, but 2017 was an incredible 12 months for video games, regardless your preferred platform and genres.  If I may be so bold, I believe the main reason why is that after years of stagnation, the Japanese gaming industry really gave it their all, pumping out creative games one after the other.  While the Western AAA gaming market was pumping out sometimes downright controversial disappointments like Star Wars Battlefront II, Mass Effect:  Andromeda (I keep almost forgetting it exists), Yooka Laylee, and Destiny 2, Japan was constantly putting forth colorful and original titles that reminded me why I fell in love with this hobby to begin with.

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    This is a blog I've been looking forward to publishing for quite some time. It's been said in countless of my own blogs and pieces that other people put out this year, but 2017 was an incredible 12 months for video games, regardless your preferred... More
  • Are Final Fantasy XV's DLC Episodes Worth It?

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    Final Fantasy XV is a bit of an unusual release in that it's an action RPG that has received a wealth of post-launch content, both free and in the form of paid DLC, that has enriched the narrative and added new gameplay features.  While this isn't necessarily an uncommon practice, especially among modern AAA games, it is a bit strange to see in a genre whose games typically consist of lengthy experiences meant to be completed and put on a shelf instead of returned to constantly over the course of very long stretches of time.

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    The short answer is yes, but you should know what you're buying.

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List (#40-31)

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    It's not dead Jim.

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    Back from the dead.  Risen from the ashes.  I'm here to finish what I started.

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  • Ranking Every Game on the SNES Classic

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    Like a good many gamers, the SNES ranks among one of my favorite video game consoles ever released.  It is also currently tied with the Gamecube as my favorite Nintendo console due to its two pronged approach of excellent first and third party games.  The SNES is not only home to some of the best installments of many of Nintendo's first party series, but many incredible exclusive third party games from the likes of Capcom, Konami and Square.

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    Like a good many gamers, the SNES ranks among one of my favorite video game consoles ever released. It is also currently tied with the Gamecube as my favorite Nintendo console due to its two pronged approach of excellent first and third party games. The... More
  • Atlus Should Totally Remake Persona 3 (Again)

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    2017 has been a nonstop deluge of wonderful video games, many of which have quickly become some of my favorites of all time.  However even by these high standards, few gaming experiences this year have reached the superb level of quality Persona 5 did, as its blend of compelling story and characters, re-invigoration of JRPG style turn based combat, and deliciously unique and passionate sense of style created an RPG experience of a caliber I personally believe only a few other games of the genre come close to achieving.

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    2017 has been a nonstop deluge of wonderful video games, many of which have quickly become some of my favorites of all time. However even by these high standards, few gaming experiences this year have reached the superb level of quality Persona 5 did... More
  • Building the Perfect Game Boy Classic Edition

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    While Nintendo's brand new home console/handheld hybrid, the Switch, has undoubtedly been their hottest product of 2017, oddly enough a plug and play console has achieved a similarly high amount of publicity and hype.  I'm referring of course to the Super Nintendo Classic Edition (or SNES Mini depending on your preference).  Cynics will look at the product as a glorified emulator in an SNES shell limited to just 21 games, but as someone who was lucky enough to obtain one (largely because I'm an insomniac who was awake at 1 A.M. when the initial pre-orders went live), I can undoubtedly see the console's appeal.  Even as someone who was born significantly past the SNES era, I absolutely adore the Super Nintendo; it is home to some of the greatest games to ever leave Nintendo's doors, like The Legend of Zelda:  A Link to the Past and Super Metroid, and the third party support was an absolute force, from epic role playing games like Chrono Trigger to explosive action titles like Mega Man X.  It undoubtedly has one of the strongest libraries of any Nintendo home console, and the ability to replay some classics with a cute plug and play console that mimics  the original, right down to a replication of its controller, is largely the reason why the SNES Classic is such as sought after item right now.  It's the most authentic way to experience these classic games outside of playing the original SNES.

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    While Nintendo's brand new home console/handheld hybrid, the Switch, has undoubtedly been their hottest product of 2017, oddly enough a plug and play console has achieved a similarly high amount of publicity and hype. I'm referring of course to... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#50-41)

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    Having officially reached the halfway point of this massive project, I'm starting to feel the burn.  Each individual character write-up up until this point has been the length of a mini blog itself, and with 50 of those under my belt, writing these has been starting to get draining!  That being said, this is a project I intend on seeing through until the end, and if you've been sticking with me this whole time and are still reading these installments, I thank you for your continued interest!  Without further ado, let's continue this journey to the top!

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    This list is officially more than halfway done!  Join me as we continue to get ever closer to my favorite video game character of all time!

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#60-51)

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    The more installments of this list I publish, the less I have to say in the introduction of each.  Today, we'll continue the journey through my favorite video game characters of all time.  Let's get started right away!

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    Anyone who recognizes the character in the thumbnail before clicking this blog wins a medal.

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#70-61)

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    Having missed several deadlines, I have to make up for lost time.  You know the drill by now, these are my favorite video game characters, and I'm gonna talk about why they resonated with me.  Let's get right to it!

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    Having missed several deadlines, I have to make up for lost time.  You know the drill by now, these are my favorite video game characters, and I'm gonna talk about why they resonated with me.  Let's get right to it!

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