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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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.

My top ten video games of 2017 list commences. (more…)

I’m Doing a New Little Thing

With the void before me left behind by the ending of my webcomic, I needed something creative to invest a bit of time. Programming has been coming along well, but there’s something oddly mechanical about learning to code. Algorithms, systems, scripts—even the front end side—allows for so much creativity, but the learning of it can be a bit of a monotonous task at times.

So, I decided to revisit the well. (more…)

E3 2017: My Hopeful Predictions

It’s Friday evening, I have family coming into town tomorrow, but I can’t help but to be excited about what’s supposed to be coming down the pipeline at E3 this week.

For those of you that are unaware, E3 is a major showcase involving video games, near exclusively (you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know that they will pop up now and then). But E3 isn’t just a convention about video games—it is the convention about video games. Every year, every major developer, every major publisher, all of the big names and some of the small ones, gather together in the LA Convention Center to show off not only what will be coming out over the next year, but what will be coming over the next two or three years. E3 is HUGE (if you’re into that sort of stuff) and usually, in the week leading up to all of the press conferences and unveilings, I like to talk to friends of mine about what they think, and what I think, will be shown off this year when it all gets going: what games will be there, what won’t, what this company will do to edge itself ahead of the others, and who will have everyone with a fistful of dollars, shoving money into their computer screens.

This year was no different, and since I have plans to write up a couple of posts next week about what I’m most excited about after this E3 has passed, I wanted to take a moment to lay out some ideas for what I would like to see most. This isn’t necessarily what I think will be there, but more so, given a wishlist of probable inclusions, what would I like to show up. (more…)

My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 4

We’re entering into the part of this list that was perhaps the least difficult to figure out. I’ve never had just the “all-time favorite video game,” but I have had many I would consider for the position. The spots below these five games were easily the most difficult to determine because these games here were in the top 5 before I even began, and while their positions here may have shifted a little over the course of this list, they’ve largely remained in the place they began since before I even started.

Without further ado, here we go, into the final stretch of this list. I hope you’ve enjoyed it—here are my top 5 video games of all time! (more…)