Thoughts on Spy x Family

Anime’s latest talk of the town! Spy x Family has assumed its position upon the top of the medium’s most beloved properties in the last several years. Everywhere I went, particularly on Twitter, it was Spy x Family this, Spy x Family that. At one point, it was within the top 5 highest-rated anime on MyAnimeList (#27 now, as of writing). With all of this hullabaloo, my own curiosity grew too large to ignore, so I took the plunge to see if this family was all that they were hyped up to be.

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Thoughts on Frogun (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

Nowadays, many players yearn for he days where games looked a certain way. The low-poly phenomenon in modern games is a bridge for more creativity in design while harkening back to a specific era of gaming. Frogun initially appealed to me because of its splendid replication of retro 3D games, though its tongue-lashing tool was charming, as well. Does it come together to provide a worthwhile experience? Depends.

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Thoughts on Yakumo-san wa Ezuke ga Shitai

2017 felt like an eternity ago. COVID-19 wasn’t a thing, I was still in college, and my place of employment wasn’t bankrupt (yet). It was a year I don’t really look back on fondly, though it did offer a variety of eventful moments and new beginnings for me. Also during this year, I started a manga called Yakumo-san wa Ezuke ga Shitai. What can I say? Cute covers entice me.

Currently publishing (and gaining popularity) at the time, I had dedicated myself to it for the long haul. At least until its rather repetitive chapter format began to degrade my interest in it; I nearly dropped it a couple years later. Fortunately for the story, I instead kept it on-hold, waiting for the inspiration to catch up on its current chapters.

2021 had me randomly checking on manga I was reading that were still ongoing. Something strange caught my eye: Yakumo-san no longer had a “Publishing” tag next to its name. Indeed, the series had ended and I never even noticed. Thus, now in mid-2022, I sped through the remaining chapters and am now ready to put this series behind me.

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Top 10 Highest Quality SiIvaGunner Rips (2022 Edition)

Hello. Welcome to another Top 10 list detailing the highest quality of SiIvaGunner rips I’ve found. If you have never read this before, know that SiIvaGunner is a channel dedicated to supplying your eardrums with magical gaming memories that will last you the rest of your days. As of writing, the channel has over 19,000 videos, most of which are high quality rips.

With so many to choose from, it’s astounding to think that I, alone, can go through everything in order to ascertain quality to make these lists. Alas, I must admit: I listen to maybe ten to twenty new rips within a month’s span, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that. Nevertheless, many new rips have supplied themselves into the chambers of my memory bank, nestled firmly in place with love and affection.

There are no specific ruleset to make this list; I simply have to adore the tracks. Though this is a “2022 list,” it does not have to have come out in 2022 to qualify. (I’m pretty sure zero tracks I’m going to cover were published in 2022.) This also isn’t meant to insinuate that these tracks are better than others I’ve documented previously. Consider it ten new high quality tracks for a full new year.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Excelion96

When you think of Twitch, what comes to mind? Do you think of Ninja, the proverbial face of the platform? Do you think of Pokimane, a generally laid-back streamer with “an army of simps”? Perhaps a certain vibe comes to mind, one that embodies a laid-back, amateur appeal of some person trying to gather an audience to watch them play games. Any of these things would be correct, as Twitch tends to be a collection of many different things.

A week into November, I found someone with an energy I don’t typically enjoy watching. Energetic, zany, and prone to loud profanities—akin to many old-school YouTube let’s players of yesteryear. Wanting to watch someone play Metroid Prime, however, I took a shot on a hot-shot streamer with a passion for being a Pro Gamer™. That one stream provided me the motivation to come back again (and again (and again (and again))).

Introducing Excelion96. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Top 10 Highest Quality SiIvaGunner Rips (2021 Edition)

I have decided to bring back commentary this year. That’s what you all come here for, right?

SiIvaGunner is a parody account of noteworthy video game track uploader GilvaSunner. Multiple times a day (in infrequent periods), they will upload tracks that take the entirety or a portion of a (usually) game soundtrack and edit it in a way that makes it a joke. Should you need any examples, feel free to look at my 201720182019, and 2020 lists. What will be making my list will be the “highest quality” tracks, those that I can listen to unironically as music that makes me swoon, joke or not.

Please note by the big parentheses in the title of this post that this is an annual thing that occurs on this blog that shouldn’t be construed as a be-all, end-all list of the best rips to ever grace SiIvaGunner. This is just my own opinion, and if you disagree, you should make your own list, credit me with inspiring you, and tell me I’m wrong.

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Ranking 2020’s 7 New NFL Uniform Additions

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What is this, my third or fourth football uniform ranking post? It’s been firmly established that I, who enjoys this violent game of men running into each other for fun, also care greatly for how it looks. No, not the plays, the players. Uniforms, that is. With this upcoming season, which may or may not be played until 2021, a total of seven teams have tweaked or outright changed the overall look of their players’ outfits. I am here to tell you why I like or dislike them, because I enjoy talking visual aesthetic. It’s a passion. Continue reading “Ranking 2020’s 7 New NFL Uniform Additions”