Why I enjoyed Death Stranding’s Gameplay

With people connected now more than ever, it’s easy to find divisive opinions on video games. While some divisions are subjective opinions on the story, Death Stranding’s lies almost entirely within the gameplay. My objective today: to do my best to try and record why exactly the gameplay clicked for me.

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – Not a Review

It’s been a while since my last “not-review,” but it’s for a good reason. I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection, not only in gaming but in life. Recently I stumbled upon an archive of about 200 or so blog posts from my first blog ever, and I’ve had an incredibly unique experience going back over them. Not to mention that Odin Sphere is a weighty game, and it overwhelmed me, but in the best way possible. It is truly a masterpiece of story-telling and demanded my entire focus for the time I spent with the game.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Not a Review

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 contact@videogamesimo.com. I would love for this to be an opportunity for me to further my understanding surrounding these complex topics. Also, spoilers ahead. 

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PlayStation Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP) – Complete History

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). 

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Spyro 2: Ripto’s Remorse – Not a Review

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.

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Spyro the Dragon – Not a Review

“Spyro the Dragon” for the PlayStation 1 was one of the first foundational chapters in my autobiography regarding video games. As a child, I enjoyed the game, but I was also too young to understand or appreciate excellent level design. Playing the Reignited trilogy has hit me with a wave of nostalgia that made me feel something I’ve never felt before.

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