E3 2019: The Game I Would Most Like to See

Video games are in a sort of transitionary period. While there is so much to be excited about, games are changing, and the way people play them is changing as well. The current consoles are phasing out, Google is releasing a “gaming service” of its own, and things are not in the same position as they were in recent years—but that’s to be expected.

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My Top 10 Video Games of 2018

2018 was the year for games.

As incredible as some of the games from the last couple of years have been, 2018 seemed to be the year the floodgates fell, bringing game after game, big budget and indie darling, into the world for us to enjoy. That doesn’t mean they all were great, but so many of them were, and so many of the games I played have stuck in my mind.

I didn’t have the chance to play everything, unfortunately. Working full-time for much of the year and starting a business with my wife toward the end made it difficult some days to do much more than play for a few minutes, but such is the way of being an adult and that’s okay; it just means there’re more good games waiting to be played.

Without further ado—

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What Makes American Vandal So Great

I love a good documentary.

It comes from my interest in learning, I guess. But what makes a good documentary, and distinguishes it from a mediocre one, is not it’s ability to provide a better, more well-produced lecture than the other, but to illustrate, address, and wrestle with themes that go beyond the subject matter and appeal, universally, to the viewer—regardless of who they might be.

American Vandal does this incredibly well—and it isn’t even a documentary. 

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E3 2018: The Games I Would Most Like to See

Summertime.

When I was younger, summer meant a lot of things: swimming, capture the flag, fort-building, bike-riding, sweaty days, rollercoasters, and half-melted popsicles. It was carefree—camp days spent running through the woods instead of thumb-twiddling in florescent-lit classrooms, sleepovers at friends’ houses instead of nights filled with homework, but when you get older, the line between “summertime” and every other season begins to blur. Summer often doesn’t signal a break from the humdrum of the everyday. Work continues onward, the grind keeps on, but that nostalgic feeling lingers—the air that summertime, regardless of circumstance, forever remains this chunk of sunshine sitting outside the flow of time. (more…)

My Top 10 Video Games of 2017

I began this list originally with an introduction that was probably a bit too long and, perhaps, for the most part, unnecessary, so in one sentence, I’m going to express the sentiment I was going for:

2017 was a rough year for a number of people, but a great year for video games, and as hard as it may have been, the games this year seemed to make it a little bit better.

There. Phew. Done.

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A List of Things to Get You into the Halloween Spirit

I absolutely love the Halloween season. It’s been years since I’ve dressed up, I don’t go to parties, by and large I sit at home Halloween night as if it were any other evening in the week, but I can’t help it—I love this time of year. And I don’t necessarily know why.

I don’t love horror, I’m not the most social of people and Halloween often passes me by with little more than a whisper—but it isn’t so much the night of Halloween that I love; it’s the month that leads up to it that gets me excited. The playfully creepy nature of every decoration, every food, every movie, and every book underlines a deep bit of nostalgia I forget about for portions of the year, but as the weather begins to cool and the nights become longer, the feeling comes rushing back, ringing in the gauntlet of holidays I long for the other months of the year.

So to highlight this season I love so much, I want to share some of the things that get me in the Halloween spirit. This will be movies, this will be books, this will be games—one big Halloween mega-post suitable for the scary nights to come. Let’s get started! (more…)