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Gaming Writing

“Yakuza: Like a Dragon” – The RPG Review

A well-loved series makes an extreme genre shift. Did a Yakuza RPG stick the landing?

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Gaming Writing Personal

Letters from Eorzea: Mining, Fishing and Catboy Weddings

Somehow I’ve been able to play FFXIV without facing my usual struggles with playing MMOs as an adult. Catboy matrimony may be involved.

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Journalism

Review: Daigo Umehara’s “The Willpower to Keep Winning”

I’ve been trying to get a hold of Daigo Umehara’s The Willpower to Keep Winning (◄ affiliate link) for a couple of years now; no unofficial fan translations exist, but it was recently released in English for the first time to coincide with this year’s Evolution Championship Series.

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Journalism

Who Benefits: Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment

Last week, Radiant Entertainment announced that they would be acquired by Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends. Radiant, so far known for the civilization construction game Stonehearth (which I backed on Kickstarter) and their fighting game Rising Thunder, will be joining the company to develop a new game for Riot. Rising Thunder‘s alpha […]

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Opinion

Visiting Stardew Valley

How often do you play a number of games in the same genre, and wish that there was a way to combine the best features of them into one title? How often do you sit down and think “man, I’d love the way the shotgun sounds from Game X, but I like the reloading animation […]

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Opinion

Who benefits? Ember and public player salaries

This is going to be the start of a new series called “Who Benefits.” At its core, the series looks at marketing and PR decisions in eSports in a critical way in order to attempt to decipher choices and why they’re made. The origin of the name comes from a panel in DC Comics’ Identity […]

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Opinion

First impressions: Xenoblade Chronicles X

Note: the gfys in this post are bugged due to something on the end of Gfycat. They should display at the proper crop after a loop or two. I’m likely going to be doing a video on this later, but I thought I’d write down a couple thoughts on Xenoblade Chronicles X, since I picked […]

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Opinion

On the (possibly grim) future of Overwatch

Blizzard’s FPS title Overwatch is probably one of the most hyped titles this year due to a couple different factors: Vibrant characters give personalities for players to gravitate towards MOBA-like mechanics mean that there are cool things for players to do besides aim and shoot well People saw the success that first movers on Hearthstone […]

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Opinion

Thoughts on Kero Blaster

One of the most beloved video games of all time is Cave Story, a labor of love by one Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya. Developed over the course of years, it was initially released for free, and eventually ported to consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU later. Basically, if someone wants an example of a passion […]

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Journalism

Chasing Champions – An eSports Travelogue

Hell is being trapped in a window seat on a fifteen hour flight to Korea with a full bladder and the Canadian need to be polite. My legs crumple into the seat in front of me, two sleeping Korean men prevents me from the freedom of the aisle. The last five days had been hectic: […]