It’s RPG Season, Baby

Fall has finally, officially arrived in my neck of the woods, and you know what that means: It’s time to throw on your thickest socks, your fuzziest sweater, your coziest blanket, grab a cup of something hot, and play some video games. But not just any video games. Only the biggest, longest, meatiest (oh my) games will do. I’m talking about my new best friend, … Continue reading It’s RPG Season, Baby

The Boktai Database

Almost exactly a month ago (I’m a day late writing this), I started a new project. Since May 1st, 2022, I’ve been building a fan/archival website dedicated to the video game series Boktai. Aside from a bootstrapped portfolio website that I made as part of a college course, this is the first website I’ve ever built from top to bottom in HTML almost entirely on … Continue reading The Boktai Database

The Moment I Fell in Love With Final Fantasy VII

Last year, I played Final Fantasy VII for the first time, and it quickly became one of my favorite games of the year, and probably one of my favorites of all time. These things happen slowly, and as a result of many small moments added together, but one moment in particular stands out in my personal FF7 journey from “interest” to “love.” I was just … Continue reading The Moment I Fell in Love With Final Fantasy VII

Analogue Pocket Review: I Love the Fancy Game Boy

Well, it’s here. It’s real. The Analogue Pocket exists. And it’s a really nice way to play Game Boy games. The Pocket is the latest in a line of high-quality video game hardware releases from Analogue, a company that specializes in hyper-accurate hardware emulation via FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays). I don’t know what that means either, but it sounds clever, and I’m told it matters … Continue reading Analogue Pocket Review: I Love the Fancy Game Boy

For Your Consideration: Raticate With No Teeth

The other night, I was playing Pokémon Crystal in bed, when I came upon a Raticate. Looking upon his angry, buck-toothed visage, I began to wonder what this creature might look like absent its most defining feature. Thereupon, I took to Adobe Photoshop and created the grim vision you see before you now. Bereft of its enamel weapons, it yawps endlessly into the void. Its … Continue reading For Your Consideration: Raticate With No Teeth

Please Let Me Change My Trainer Photo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

When you first boot up Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the game has you choose your starting character from a small pool of generic presets. This has been true of almost all mainline Pokémon games going back to the first choice between “Boy” and “Girl” in Pokémon Crystal. Even the more recent releases have chosen not to implement a more robust, custom character creator that one might … Continue reading Please Let Me Change My Trainer Photo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Nintendo Shutting Down 3DS & WiiU eShops

In a move that has sadly been inevitable for some time, Nintendo announced late on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022, that they would begin the process of shutting down the eShops for both the 3DS and WiiU systems starting this year, and culminating in March of 2023, abandoning another console’s history to the eBay aftermarket. They also set up a cutesy little Spotify Wrapped-esque website for … Continue reading Nintendo Shutting Down 3DS & WiiU eShops

Reviewing the February 9th Nintendo Direct

This week began like any other. Then suddenly, there was a Nintendo Direct. People proceeded to lose their shit over whatever wild, unconfirmed rumors and assumptions made it to Twitter’s trending topics, setting themselves up for disappointment once more. The Direct has come and gone now, and I took some very loose notes, so here’s my very brief review of everything I remember and the … Continue reading Reviewing the February 9th Nintendo Direct

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Pivot to the Pokédex Makes for a Chill Time

A new Pokémon game came out last week, and it’s got some serious Breath of the Wild vibes. I’ve been playing it with my girlfriend since the day after it launched (download servers were slammed the day of), and much like every other Pokémon game we’ve ever played, we’re having a great time with it. Pokémon’s universal appeal just won’t die, even in a game … Continue reading Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Pivot to the Pokédex Makes for a Chill Time