A creative writing student who has a lot to say!
Call of Duty: Zombies
So a lot of folks seemed to really enjoy my article on Call of Duty. If you read to the end, you’ll know that there was so much I had to say about the series, that I thought it best to leave my thoughts on the Zombies mode for a whole other article.
Why I Love: Dungeon Defenders
Real-time strategy and tower defense games, for the most part, aren’t really my cup of tea. I can absolutely see the fun in them, but I can’t stand being distanced from the action, so I tend to shy away from games like them.
Mario Party is Actually Really Cool
So if you’ll remember my defense of Mario Party 9, I very, very briefly remarked that the series goes about its gameplay in an interesting way.
Why I Love: 'The Mega Man' Series
This, ladies and gentlemen, was the spark. Before I stumbled upon Mega Man, I gave little thought to the dynamics of video games, the impacts they had on culture, and pretty much any remotely interesting thing I ever would have had to say about video games.
Versus: Team Fortress 2 × Overwatch
My fondness for everyone’s favourite hat simulator is probably common knowledge by now. As a result, I recognize how fruitless an article like this may seem coming from me.
Call of Duty
Call of Duty is one of the most influential game series of the last decade. I have very clear memories of Black Ops taking my hometown by storm; it was more or less a cardinal sin to not have played/owned it (even though we were 12) and the hype behind the games that followed it were ridiculously indoctrinated into our culture, if you could even call it that.
Why I Love: 'Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door'
SPOILERS I shamelessly admit that a not insignificant amount of mental preparation was required for me to even fathom trying to write about this game without going full fan-girl mode.
Top Ten Curveball Games
Gambling isn’t something I condone, yet I’d be willing to put a fair amount of cash on the assumption that I wasn’t the only one who reacted with mild confusion when Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles was announced. They took what’s probably the most popular video game franchise ever, crossed it over with gaming’s answer to the Minions, all wrapped up in XCOM-esque gameplay. Whoever thought of this deserves both a pat on the back and a serious questioning.
In Defense of Mario Party 9
Note: Mario Party 10, though I presume it has similar complaints as Mario Party 9, is not included as I haven’t played enough of/don’t know enough about it.
Why I Love: 'Kirby Super Star Ultra'
SPOILERS I still remember that day. 11-year-old me was sitting on my mother’s bed on a sunny afternoon, the glare of the sun interrupting the picture of the show I was watching (it might’ve been Flying Rhino Junior High, I don’t know). Then, as if the heavens forced this path upon me, a cloud covered the sun, clearing up the picture as my show cut to a commercial break, and that iconic “Super Tuff Pink Puff” advertisement flashed onto the screen. In my first conscious defeat to market consumerism, I pursued Kirby Super Star Ultra for months until I finally got my hands on it.
Well hello there, old friend. I’m guessing you have something to do with the angry fanbase. Jokes aside, I find it disheartening that a character of Sonic’s calibre has endured such a relentless onslaught of terrible-to-mediocre games in recent years. Even after going back to games like Sonic Adventure 2, which was the recipient of any and all free time that my 11-to-12-year-old self managed to find, playing it again in my mature years has resulted in perceiving its several flaws, such as the less-than-impressive voice acting (not super important) or how badly rehashed the levels are from story to story (kind of important). There will always be saving graces such as the old 2D Sonic games and games like Sonic Heroes, but the blue blur’s significant decline simply isn’t something that can be ignored.
Why I Love: 'Team Fortress 2'
Truthfully, I feel a bit guilty when talking about video games so much. I feel this way because I don’t find myself playing them as often as I once did. There’s three reasons for this. The first is that I feel as though the golden era of video games has come to an end (more on that in the future). The second reason is that gaming has become ridiculously expensive over the years, and being a student in 2017 doesn’t exactly have its financial perks.