May 23, 2016
Reviews, Video Games
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
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.
May 16, 2016
Arrietty, From Up onPoppy Hill, Gorō Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Hiroyuki Morita, Howl's Moving Castle, Isao Takahata, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Ponyo, Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli, Tales from Earthsea, The Cat Returns, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There
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
May 15, 2016
Anime, Culture, Humour, Internet, Movies, Video Games, What I've Been Reading
Aarhus University, Data privacy, Ghost in the Shell, Localization of video games, OKCupid, Police brutality, Scarlett Johansson
Sundays are for reading things other people have written. Let’s get this show on the road! More
May 8, 2016
Business, Culture, Internet, Super-nerdity, Video Games, What I've Been Reading
Art and politics, Claude Shannon, Information theory, Racing games, Video game marketing
A quick What I’ve Been Reading this week to make up for not doing one last week. More
May 1, 2016
AAA video games, Twitch, YouTube
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
April 24, 2016
Business, Culture, Internet, Journalism, Photography, Politics, Technology, Video Games, What I've Been Reading
Andreas Rutkauskas, Artificial intelligence, Mario, Nintendo, Online video content, Smug American liberalism, U.S.-Canada border
Everybody’s working for the weekend. Me, I’m working for what What I’ve Been Reading. More
April 17, 2016
Culture, Humour, Internet, Video Games, What I've Been Reading
Alien erotica, GCON, Neopets
How do you do? This weekend, we’re going to take a look at Neopets. Remember Neopets? More