The Life and Times of Hideo Kojima

The 1963 film High and Low begins with a renowned Japanese shoemaker, Mr. Gondo, sitting in a luxurious living room. He is surrounded by his fellow company shareholders. Dozens of shoes pile up on the center table. Between puffs of cigarettes, the men discuss how to move their shoe company forward, and the conversation quickly … Continue reading The Life and Times of Hideo Kojima

Press Reset Book Review: The Creative Business Oxymoron

Press Reset is a nonfiction book documenting the closings of several different video game studios across the United States during the 2010s. It was written by video game journalist Jason Schreier and published by Grand Central Publishing in May 2021. Another book review! If you remember my review of Jason Schreier's Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, … Continue reading Press Reset Book Review: The Creative Business Oxymoron

[Update] I Will No Longer Cover Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft Games

I've thought long and hard about this, and this is not something I take lightly, but I think it's the right call. For those who don't know, the state of California recently filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard due to severe sexual harassment issues. I also recently found out that Ubisoft has been going through … Continue reading [Update] I Will No Longer Cover Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft Games

Uncharted Golden Abyss: My Sony Summer Blockbuster

Uncharted Golden Abyss is an action/adventure game developed by Bend Studio with the supervision of Naughty Dog. It was published by Sony and released on the PlayStation Vita in February 2012. It's no secret that Sony loves making cinematic games, and it's no secret that critics love playing them. When Naughty Dog released Uncharted: Drake's … Continue reading Uncharted Golden Abyss: My Sony Summer Blockbuster

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita: Sony’s Answer to Super Mario Maker, Before Super Mario Maker

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is a 2D Platformer / Level Editor developed by Double Eleven and Tarsier Studios with the help of Sony's internal developers. It was published by Sony for the PlayStation Vita in 2012. It's been a while since I've talked about the PlayStation Vita... let's fix that! If you've owned a Sony console … Continue reading LittleBigPlanet PS Vita: Sony’s Answer to Super Mario Maker, Before Super Mario Maker

A Newcomer’s Guide to the Metroid Series

So you saw the E3 trailer for Metroid Dread and you're interested in trying it out, but you've never played a Metroid game before. Allow me, a long-time Metroid fan, to help! Metroid is one of Nintendo's oldest and most important franchises. Among critics, it stands proudly on Nintendo's podium of their best video game … Continue reading A Newcomer’s Guide to the Metroid Series

5 Nintendo Switch Games that Deserve a Second Chance

Happy 3rd Anniversary to this blog! I can't believe I've been writing for you guys for 3 entire years. I'm baffled that Polygon hasn't sent me an email begging me to write reviews and editorials for them. Tough luck, professional journalists! I write on my own time. My blog, my rules! At first I thought … Continue reading 5 Nintendo Switch Games that Deserve a Second Chance

How To Read a Video Game: The Hideo Kojima Preview

What makes a game good? No, really, what makes a game worth talking about and remain worth talking about? What makes a game stay around for decades instead of fading away into obscurity after its launch week? Most of the discourse around video games are reviews, Top 10s, and analyses. Those certainly have a place … Continue reading How To Read a Video Game: The Hideo Kojima Preview

Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected – Expectations Managed

Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected is an epilogue story campaign set after the events of Xenoblade Chronicles's main story. It is included for free in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. For my review of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's main story, click here. So like in Torna: The Golden Country, Monolithsoft went through the process of making yet … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected – Expectations Managed

Xenoblade Chronicles: The Definitive Review

Xenoblade Chronicles is an open-world JRPG originally released on the Wii in 2012 in North America. It was developed by Monolithsoft and published by Nintendo. A remaster / remake with an extra story chapter was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2020. MSRB is $60. I played and reviewed the original Wii version back in … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles: The Definitive Review