Game Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Disclaimer: Like all game reviews on this blog, this one assumes you’ve played the game. Therefore, it may contain spoilers for all four main-series Uncharted games. This review is only about the single-player portion of the game. I didn’t play the multiplayer at all.

Uncharted 4 made me reconsider the way I think about video games. That probably makes it sound like I’m overselling the game, but I mean it quite literally. The things that Uncharted 4 does well aren’t things that I typically say I look for in interactive entertainment. And now, having played the game and enjoyed it, I wonder if the things I say I look for are really what make for a great experience.

The Ghibli Watch, Part 2

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A few months ago, I resolved to watch every single feature-length mainline Studio Ghibli film from start to finish. I posted Part 1 a couple of months ago, which covered Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to Princess Mononoke. I finally finished this project yesterday, and here are my thoughts on My Neighbors the Yamadas to When Marnie Was There.

Two disclaimers: 1) This piece contains spoilers for all the films discussed! 2) Unless otherwise stated, when I write “Miyazaki” by itself, I’m referring to Hayao Miyazaki and not his son Gorō.

Alright, let’s dive in! More

What I’ve Been Reading: May 15, 2016

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Sundays are for reading things other people have written. Let’s get this show on the road! More

What I’ve Been Reading: May 8, 2016

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A quick What I’ve Been Reading this week to make up for not doing one last week. More

AAA Gaming in the Age of YouTube and Twitch

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No What I’ve Been Reading this week, but instead you get an actual blog post. Huzzah!

Lately, I’ve been thinking lately the kinds of AAA games that developers have been making recently. I’ve also been thinking about the kinds of AAA games that I’ve been playing. And I’ve also been thinking about the kinds of AAA games that I want to play.

What developers are making: Massive open-world games
What I’ve been playing: Massive open-world games
What I want to play: 10-hour linear experiences

Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against open-world games – but I get the feeling that developers have abandoned linear experiences almost entirely, and the rise of YouTube and Twitch might explain why. More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 24, 2016

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Everybody’s working for the weekend. Me, I’m working for what What I’ve Been Reading. More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 17, 2016

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How do you do? This weekend, we’re going to take a look at Neopets. Remember Neopets? More

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