The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming platform entering a handheld game market dominated by the Nintendo Switch for real games and phones/tablets for useless distractions. People playing on phones and tablets aren’t the same as people playing on the Switch, and the Deck will compete much more directly with Nintendo‘s handheld. Can the Deck … Continue reading Is the Steam Deck a Nintendo killer?
There are spoilers in this brief commentary. Consider yourself warned. So the current series of Castlevania has come to a close after four short seasons. There is some talk about spinoffs, sequels, and prequels, but, as of writing this piece, that all seems to be a bit up in the air. I haven't said anything … Continue reading Netflix Castlevania: Post Series Comments
After looking at several of the weirdnesses of the Master Sword, a couple can be explained as being Japanese influence. For example, katanas have relatively short blades for a two handed weapon, so the Japanese designers may think the longer grip looks right.* Additionally, the katana's tsuba (guard) is usually a round or oval disk, … Continue reading Master Sword: Additional Thoughts
The Master Sword is a gaming icon, but how well does it stack up as a functional weapon?
Castlevania is a pretty big freaking deal for me. I may not be the biggest fan of the franchise, and I may not have played every game (especially not the 3D ones; this franchise did not make an elegant transition from its two dimensional beginnings). Regardless, the 2D Castlevania games are creations that really get … Continue reading Castlevania Season 1 Review
Short story: best thing ever.
My initial reaction to the E3 2016 trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild was to jump and down ecstatically until I had a stomach ache. Just from the trailer, there was so much see, so many ways in which this game was the ultimate fulfillment of all my hopes for the franchise. … Continue reading Reaction to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
*Here there be (some) spoilers* Warcraft is a mixed bag of good and bad parts. The orcs were amazing, some of the action choreography was great, the production design was (mostly) on point, and several of the actors were very convincing. It’s not nearly as bad as some of the critics have claimed, but it … Continue reading Warcraft Review