Should Some Video Games Be “Required Reading?”

Many historically impactful games have been re-released this year, including Metroid Prime, Resident Evil 4, and several of the classic Final Fantasy games. In a lot of this discourse I've noticed people making claims such as "You can skip Final Fantasy I, II, III, and V, but Final Fantasy IV and VI are must-play games." … Continue reading Should Some Video Games Be “Required Reading?”

Open World Games vs. Metroidvanias

In 1986, Nintendo published two games that heavily featured exploration: The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. They weren't the only NES games that featured this new kind of game design, but they were the two that entered the mainstream gaming consciousness and made a widespread influence over game developers. The Legend of Zelda became the … Continue reading Open World Games vs. Metroidvanias

The Debate Over Video Game Remasters and Remakes

In 1959, the jazz trumpet player Miles Davis recorded the album Kind of Blue. It was a collaboration between other legendary musicians such as John Coltrane on saxophone and Bill Evans on piano. In the album Miles Davis experimented with Modal Jazz, a free-floating departure from jazz's typical style of improvisation based on tight chord … Continue reading The Debate Over Video Game Remasters and Remakes

The Nintendo Switch’s Legacy

The Nintendo Switch is now 6 years old. With the recent February Nintendo Direct completed, fans and journalists have ramped up in their speculation about the hybrid console's future. Some think that the Switch's successor may be announced at the end of the year and that 2024 may see the arrival of Nintendo's next console. … Continue reading The Nintendo Switch’s Legacy

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the Art of Overanalyzing a Video Game

I stand amid the roarOf a surf-tormented shore,And I hold within my handGrains of the golden sand—How few! yet how they creepThrough my fingers to the deep,While I weep—while I weep!O God! can I not graspThem with a tighter clasp?O God! can I not saveOne from the pitiless wave?Is all that we see or seemBut a dream within … Continue reading The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the Art of Overanalyzing a Video Game