In terms of gaming, 2022 was like visiting a theme park. I was drawn to some exciting new attractions but also revisited some comforting favorites. Games like Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Back 4 Blood, Planet Zoo, and No Mans Sky offered the familiar and many hours spent both solo and with friends. I also shot my way through some games (Far Cry 3, Far … Continue reading 2022: My Games of the Year
A fun yet limited romp. Saints Row tells a rags-to-riches story within familiar framing–play a boss who, with the help of allies, tackles missions spread throughout a city (Santo Ileso). This third-person action-adventure game will have you shoot up bad guys, complete a decent selection of missions, and even larp (these were among my favorite sequences in the game). Various villains block the protagonist’s path … Continue reading Saints Row (PS5, 2022)
Video games provide space for the imagination When I was a teenager, I played a ton of Rollercoaster Tycoon. I was a theme park manager in charge of a slew of parks. It was my responsibility to keep the books in the green lest the stakeholders got antsy. This required planning for the future, considering the park’s design, and managing the experiences of my guests. … Continue reading Inventing Narratives as Gaming Practice
Video game-related nostalgia is something that crops up every now and then, particularly in winter when I find myself spending more time inside seeking comfy experiences and entertainment. For a few reasons, winter tends to be a reflective season for me. In that vein, I decided to work on a little video project where I discussed nostalgia and one of my favorite games–Harvest Moon 64. Continue reading Nostalgia: Harvest Moon 64
If I told you I had some anxiety every time a new console released, would you be surprised to learn that my feelings centered on the design and weight of the controller? Perhaps that is a silly thing to fret about, but I have small hands. When I bought a PS3, I wasn’t completely happy with the DualShock. The size was okay, but it felt … Continue reading Some thoughts on controllers? Yep!
Two things happened within the past 24 hours which led me to this post: a conversation with a close friend and waking up this morning without guilt. I’ll get to both of those things, but first I want to explain the state of the blog. Clearly, I haven’t been posting here as regularly as I did last year. I knew in the fall that I … Continue reading May Update