Best everything of the year

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Towards the end of the year, I typically dedicate a couple posts to talk about my favorite board games and video games of the year, but this time we’re going to do it all in one go, mainly because I already talked at length about my favorite games. So we’ll be running through that, and then we’ll move on to other things like TV shows and movies because, well, I want to.

So strap in and get ready for lots of opinions. (more…)

Can we talk about Darkest Dungeon?

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I’m a big sucker for old-school turn-based RPGs. Though, judging by my latest series of posts (and – let’s be honest – the vast majority of posts on this website), that fact was already readily apparent.

And it is with that fact in mind that I will just say right up front that Darkest Dungeon hits all the right notes. It fills me with a dark, hungering glee as I watch my party descend further into madness, wondering how far I can push them before their souls break.

But let’s back up. Darkest Dungeon is a video game currently in early access on Steam. It is indeed a turn-based RPG where you perform missions exploring randomly generated dungeons with a party of four adventurers selected from a larger stable of recruits. In the dungeons, you’ll not only have to keep an eye on your party’s health, but also their stress and the light level of your torch. As you complete missions, adventurers will level up and gain quirks (both good and bad) and you’ll gain items that can be used to improve your base camp, giving your adventurers better equipment, skills and stress relief. (more…)

Is it fun?

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I like to play Flash games. There are a lot of great gems out there made by people with great ideas and a bit of programming knowledge. We live in an age where people have the power to create whatever they want. And, sure, there’s a lot of amateur garbage out there, but there’s another side to that spectrum that is pure awesome fun times.

And awesome fun times is really all anyone is after. We play games to have fun – to stimulate that pleasure center in our brains, because that’s what humans do (more…)

The best video games of the year

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Okay, I just want to say up-front that I’m not really qualified to declare a “best video game” of the year, but I did it last year, so, heck, let’s do it again.

The truth is that I have played exactly 2 video games that were released this year: The Legend of Grimrock 2 and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This list is stupidly small for 2 reasons: I am cheap and I don’t have any time. I also don’t own any current gen consoles, but I think that’s covered in the “cheap” category.

Wait, wait, I did play a little Smash Bros. for Wii U over Thanksgiving, but not enough to speak on it. It was fun. Now that Samus doesn’t revert to Zero Suit after a smash attack, she might actually be playable again.

But, anyway, that’s not what we’re here to talk about (more…)

Toki Tori 2 is the best video game of the year

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Haha, okay, so this comes with the caveat that I don’t really play that many video games. I used to play a lot more, but I try to do things more productive with my spare time when I can. Recently my video gaming has picked up a bit since I forced myself to slow down with the Forge War business. The goal of that was to spend more time working on my thesis, but a man’s gotta have some procrastination tools at hand, right?

Also I watch a lot of television and the hiatus over the holidays has also given me some free extra time. All of this is to say that I’ve recently been trying to get through my Steam backlog of games purchased in previous Steam holiday sales, and this effort has coincided with the current Steam holiday sale, and so I’ve played a fair number of games in the past few weeks – not all of them from this year, of course – and Toki Tori 2 is the best of the lot (more…)

Fez has restored my faith in everything

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Fez is a truly wonderful and beautiful video game. It is such a joy to explore and experience everything it has to offer – I, I can’t even describe the experience I had playing the game, immersing myself in its idiosyncratic logic and just having fun. I think I’ll start by talking about something else and sort of ease into it.

Back in the halcyon days of my youth, I was enamored with a lovely little game called The Neverhood. Okay, who am I kidding? I still love that game. A lot (more…)