Breaking My Backlog #5 – 7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat

At this point, I have started and stopped 7 Grand Steps at least four times, and I’m still not sure I understand it. I’ve read interviews with the primary designer, and I think I get what he was going for. But, I’m still not sure I understand it. I think, in order to understand this game, you have to be ready to appreciate both the history of humanity on a grand scale and token-based penny arcade games. I’m not sure what the Venn diagram of that audience looks like, but I’m not sure I fit into either circle.

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Hey, It’s Your New Favorite Awards Show: The Ramblers

Hi Everyone, what a year it has been for video games. Games were released, and some critics liked them, and some didn’t. Some video games made a lot of money for their respective companies, and pretty much all major game companies shit on their employees. Unionize, people, unionize. I, for one, haven’t played a ton of games this year, though I think I’ve played more than previous years. And, just being real, I haven’t played any major releases. Admittedly, this makes handing out awards an interesting idea, since I haven’t played a lot of games that topped other publication’s best of 2018 lists. God of War? Won’t be anywhere near these awards, because I didn’t play it. Same with Red Dead Redemption and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As I’ve said elsewhere, I have nothing against any of these games. They’re just not what I want to spend my time on.

So, let’s talk about what I did spend my time on. I played a lot of indie titles this year. With the indie market exploding on the Nintendo Switch, I took full opportunity to play both new indie games and discover older indie games I might have missed. As such, I think I’m going to debut my awards show with four awards. After all, if I learned anything from the Video Game Awards this year, it’s that no one cares about the awards really, we just really want to see some celebs with tangential connections to video games making jokes about video games. Yes, please.

(Though, I think we can all agree that SonicFox accepting his award in his fursuit was fucking tight.)

Without further ado, let’s hand out some awards.

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Playstation Classic Line-up – Seriously?!

Backlogs aside, I know the reason you come to this site is the kind of hard-hitting journalism that other sites won’t give you. We ask the real questions here at, the questions other sites are too scared to ask. With all that said, I read over the list of games available on the upcoming Playstation Classic and I’m left with a simple question: Seriously?!

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Breaking My Backlog #4 – Battle Chef Brigade

On paper, Battle Chef Brigade is a game that shouldn’t work. Its weird blend of puzzle game with beat-em-up feels like the kind of game that’s made because of dare or bet, or at the very least, a game that was prompted by the phrase, “Hey, don’t bogart that shit, pass that shit around.” What interests me, though, as a gamer and intrepid games writer, is that it does. Somehow, the game works, and I had a blast playing it.

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On Rockstar and 100-Hour Workweeks

Fuck ’em.

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