Breaking My Backlog #6 – Girls Like Robots

Breaking My Backlog is a semi-regular features on Troamm.com in which I attempt to complete my entire backlog before buying any new games. You can read more about the quest and see my backlog here.

Girls Like Robots is a game about seating arrangements. Exciting, I know. It’s not just about seating charts, though. It’s really about trying to make everyone happy as you create seating charts. I’m not sure that’s better, but hey, if that’s your thing, you do you. Chase your bliss.

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On Yoshi’s Crafted World, or Why Sometimes Games Can Just Be Chill

I haven’t played a Yoshi game since Yoshi’s Island on the Super Nintendo, which is weird because I actually like Yoshi’s Island more than Super Mario World, which might be blasphemy in the eyes of most gamers, but what can I say? I hate gamers almost as much as I hate sentences with only one clause. Despite my fondness for the green brother Mario never had, I just never took the time to play through any of the other Yoshi games. I seem to remember briefly playing Yoshi’s Story on the Nintendo 64, but I also remember not enjoying it nearly as much as the first one. Certainly, not enough to actually finish it. This second game just felt sterile and cold, a complete contrast to the bright, beautiful hand-drawn graphics of Yoshi’s Island. My reasons for skipping later games in the series vary. Sometimes, I didn’t have the system the game came out on. Other times, I just didn’t take the opportunity to play it.

When Nintendo announced Yoshi’s Crafted World a couple of years ago, though, I took notice. I’ve written before how much I love platformers that find new ways to interact with their world, and the initial trailer showed multi-dimensional levels which allowed Yoshi to move through both the front side and back side of the level, each side offering a literal new perspective on the level. I was definitely interested. So, when I heard Nintendo uploaded a demo, I downloaded it as soon as possible. Ultimately, my impressions of the demo may feel hollow, since I’m not intending to buy the game any time soon. But, I will say this: If I were to buy a game in the next month, Yoshi’s Crafted World would be it.

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

Breaking My Backlog is a semi-regular features on Troamm.com in which I attempt to complete my entire backlog before buying any new games. You can read more about the quest and see my backlog here.

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 Troamm.com, 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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