Breaking My Backlog #13 – Sanitarium (Halloween Special, Part 1 of 4)

Writing about a game like Sanitarium is always an interesting prospect. It’s an old game, having come out 20 years ago. It’s a genre (adventure) that has fallen out of vogue considerably in that time. And it treats its subject matter (disability and deformity) in extremely problematic ways. Honestly, it’s possible that it’s a game best … Continue reading “Breaking My Backlog #13 – Sanitarium (Halloween Special, Part 1 of 4)”

What Have I Been Playing Lately? (September 2019 Edition)

Let’s continue this new tradition. It gives me a chance to talk about the things that have been spinning in my game systems lately, if for no other reason than to keep me focused in my writing over the next few weeks. As with last time, let’s start with games I’ve been playing and some … Continue reading “What Have I Been Playing Lately? (September 2019 Edition)”

Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In!

I was supposed to be done. A couple of weeks ago, when I finally completed my 100-percent playthrough of Celeste, I sat down to write some final thoughts on completing all of the C-Sides. That original essay was about 1,100 words. I was content to complete the post and put the game away for a … Continue reading “Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In!”

Breaking My Backlog #12 – The Messenger and Saturday Morning RPG

I’m not the biggest fan of nostalgia. I know that may be an odd statement, since two of my articles last month were specifically built around nostalgia. But, it’s true. As a concept, I find nostalgia to be very troubling. It’s not that I don’t like to look back and relive some of my happiness … Continue reading “Breaking My Backlog #12 – The Messenger and Saturday Morning RPG”

Regrets (On Fire Emblem)

I’ve been working on my backlog for about a year now, and while I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked, I have enjoyed going through my list and experiencing new titles. And, for the most part, I’ve had few regrets in this process. I haven’t purchased a game in the last … Continue reading “Regrets (On Fire Emblem)”

What I’ve Been Playing Lately (August 2019)

I did this last month, and I think it went really well. So, I think I’m going to do it again. If nothing else, it helps keep me on track, so I don’t lose myself in starting and stopping multiple games. Also, it gives a bit of a preview of things I will probably be … Continue reading “What I’ve Been Playing Lately (August 2019)”

Breaking My Backlog #11 – Samurai Shodown II (With Extra Mini-Review)

Breaking My Backlog is a semi-regular features on 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. When I was a kid in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, there was nothing I loved to do more than head down to … Continue reading “Breaking My Backlog #11 – Samurai Shodown II (With Extra Mini-Review)”

On the Instruction Manual, A Lost Art

I want to talk about Caesar III, a bit. I actually ended up with this game through a Humble Bundle a couple of years back, and as part of my everlasting task of Breaking My Backlog, I decided to install it on a whim and check it out. I’ve never felt like I was any good … Continue reading “On the Instruction Manual, A Lost Art”

All Those Who Wander…

I. When I think about the video game experiences in my youth that mean the most to me, quite a few of them come to mind. I vividly remember the first time I beat Bowser in Super Mario Bros. — my first experience actually beating a game – and the time my friend Jesse and … Continue reading “All Those Who Wander…”