DISCLAIMER: This piece is in not intended to make light of mental illness. I am not, and have never had any diagnosis for mental illness of any kind. My intentions here are to give an accurate opinion, to the best of my ability, regarding the game Hellbalde: Senua’s Sacrifice. If I have made any errors in judgment, or trespasses, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love for this to be an opportunity for me to further my understanding surrounding these complex topics. Also, spoilers ahead.Read more
For some of us, the idea of a backlog is a foundation of our gaming experience. For others, it can be an overwhelming source of anxiety and might impede progress in playing games you genuinely want to play. If you can’t already tell, I categorize myself in the latter.Read more
Forums were the primary source of communication between fans and creators in an era before everyone had a voice online via social media. The concept of a “social media influencer” was utterly foreign, and without a unified voice for people to rally behind existed a community known as the PlayStation Underground. Deeper within that community existed a subset of “elite” gamers, handpicked by Sony, to serve as the voice of the broader gaming community. These people were members of what was known as the PlayStation’s Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP).Read more
Spyro games have been my primary source of entertainment for around a month now, and the moment I began, I knew this day would come. When starting something new, despite what it is, I tend to do this thing where I have some level of existential dread surrounding the idea of the end of the said thing. The literal day I commenced my Spyro adventure, knowing full well that I had countless hours of fun ahead, I found myself continually betrayed by my brain. The start of something new is also the beginning of the end, and while I struggle to grasp this truth, I have learned to make the most of something before I reach its inevitable destination. All digressions aside, let’s dive into my thoughts on the Year of the Dragon.Read more
Let me start this by saying that I’ve never played the original versions of Spyro 2 or 3. If you read my first Spyro post you might recall that I was curious about how much the nostalgic nature of the original Spyro game played into my overall enjoyment. A week later and another 100% completion under my belt, I’m proud to announce that the nostalgia played only a minor role. I genuinely enjoyed this game.Read more
When I was a child, I had a monthly subscription to Game Informer (via GameStop), and that was my primary, sometimes only, source of news. I remember bringing an issue with me to summer camp in 2001 or 2002 and re-reading in bed every night before sleeping. I clung to every word like they were precious droplets of water, and I found myself stranded in the middle of The Empty Quarter.