My name is Max, English teacher in Japan, lover of video games, RPGs and miniature painting.
Oh my God I've been here a year
Okay. It's taken about a year but I think it's finally sunk in. I live in Japan. ... No. Still hasn't sunk in, this still feels surreal. Every so often I'll look out my office window that has an absolutely breathtaking view across the bay, or be walking to work and look up and see hawks circling in the sky and the first thing I'll think is "Holy shit, I live here.".
I was never going to buy Hogwarts Legacy …
I’ve been wanting to get this off my chest for a few days. It’s about Hogwarts Legacy so if you're tired of hearing about the "wizard game" don't read. It's fine, honestly you deserve the break because it has been everywhere. But the people buying it have been being very, very weird about it.
SWAT the Hell?
I'm back on the Halo Wagon. 343 Industries released the tokusatsu themed TROOPER armour for Halo 2 Anniversary, and anyone who knows me knows that I want my grubby weeb hands all over them. But before I can make my dream Kamen Rider and start gunning people down to RealxEyez I first need to earn enough Spartan Points to buy the damn things.
Going back to Nagasaki
From September 2015 - June 2016 I was a foreign exchange student at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies in Japan. In September of 2019 I was living in Stirling with my girlfriend, herself a former student there. We would marry each other in December of the following year, in a very small and very hectic ceremony before she headed home to her parents’ for Christmas.
The Black Library Samplers (Part 2)
I'd originally wanted to just write one article about the Games Workshop Black Library Samplers that they give you for free to get you hooked on literature. However, I realised I had a little more to say than I thought I did about the 2021 Black Library Celebration book.
Why I Quit Warframe
According to my Steam Library my top 3 most played games are Halo: The Master Chief Collection with 136 hours, Dragon Age: Origins with 196 hours and Warframe with 3,632 hours. With the help of a calculator and a Year 3 Maths textbook I figured out that running that time together comes out as just over 151 days. Hell, I've written two articles about in-game events, and even a Valkyr themed D&D subclass on this very website. By all appearances, Warframe is my favourite game.
Too Many Thoughts
There's a very recent video by Jimquisition about comments comparing The Last Of Us: Part Two to Schindler's List. The short version? Jim Stanton argues that triple AAA games quite simply aren't as well written as the vast majority of big budget movies, they're created to be a product. And comments saying that such-and-such new release is "The Citizen Kane" of video gaming is absolutely incredulous and reading too much into something that's just ... fine.
9 Hours To Beat?
I've mentioned before that Howlongtobeat has been one of my go-to sources when I start a new game. Some people will be saying it takes the fun out of the game, I know how long it takes. Say if I'm playing a six hour long game, and three hours in it seems like the big climax, then I might know that this isn't it.
Primal Path: The Tormented
I play a lot of D&D (arguably too much.) I also play a lot of Warframe (definitely too much.) Now Warframe already has some pretty obvious D&D influences (and that's just Chroma!) so I felt that a good way to get back into homebrewing would be to combine two of my favourite things together.