Last night as I was toiling away at work, a certain track invaded my headspace. Alluring and uplifting, it gave way to the creative flow that churned my mind to focus better, and it expanded to other tracks that made me feel similarly. All led to the realization that I have not spoken much about music on this blog, aside from the yearly SiIvagunner Top 10’s. And nostalgia with video games is something I (secretly?) find immensely enamoring. Continue reading “Top 10 Most Impactful Game Soundtracks of My Childhood”→
Everyone, this game has exceeded all expectations of mine. Fire Emblem: Three Houses has, at this point, consumed 250+ hours of my life since receiving the game a few days after release. Notice how my blog’s been pretty quiet since late July? Yeah. You all have no idea how much I held back, too. For the sake of not oversaturating the marketplace, I refrained from making a hundred posts on this game—I certainly could have (and still can). A “totally 100% final thoughts on three houses” post has been in the planning stages for The Visualist’s Veranda for weeks, but never came to fruition because, well, my thoughts on the game keep changing!
90 hours. That is the amount of time I have spent on Fire Emblem: Three Houses since receiving it on July 30th. Mathematically, this would mean I have averaged (not including today) 8.2 hours per day dedicated to playing this game. It would not be hyperbole to say that this title has destroyed my motivation to indulge in other interests. Three Houses has become something of a very special experience to me, every aspect considered. What better way to come back from a near-month-long (not planned) hiatus from the Visualist’s Veranda than with a post dedicated to highlighting my thoughts on a game that has thrown me completely off my typical routine. Continue reading “A Long, Spoiler-rific Gushing of Fire Emblem: Three Houses”→
People are crying. They were once overjoyed, blissful of the state of the upcoming Pokémon games, which would grace the Nintendo Switch for the first time in the series’s (mainline) history. Their expectations and hopes were shattered upon the announcement that they wouldn’t be able to transfer all of their pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Home into Sword & Shield. The reason? The Galar region will not support a national dex, code for “Only a fraction of the total number of pokémon will be available in Sword & Shield.”
The outcry has been substantial. Thousands of Pokémon fans are swearing off their loyalty from the company and the upcoming game. The hashtag “#BringBackNationalDex” has become a symbol of their contempt, a unifying plea for the Pokémon Company to answer. Fans are now hostile, suspicious, and cynical of every detail on the once-beloved upcoming titles. They wish for every pokémon, not just “some.” After all, it’s about catching them all.
When I was publishing every day, I was prideful in trying to varietize my posts so that one topic didn’t seem to take priority. This is no longer the case: I’m in a pretty rigid video game craze right now. Post E3, it’s only strengthened my desire to play and play some more, especially after seeing all the big companies had in store for the future. To release some of this energy, I thought I’d do a Top 10 list of the games I’m most looking forward to post-E3. Continue reading “Top 10 Games I’m Looking Forward to Post-E3 2019”→
I have been pretty vocal about my dismay with the current direction of Pokémon. Ever since X & Y, I have gradually (but ultimately) lost the armor of passion that the franchise once gave me. The company seemed dead-set on flair and bravado with no substance. Mega evolutions and legendaries and saving the world from unspeakable evil… oh my, was it tiring and boring.
Upon the announcement of a 15-minute Direct showcasing new info on Sword & Shield, I had low expectations. I expected the chain to continue and for the series to be more about “TEH EPICZZ!¡!!” than going around and simply indulging in the simple pleasures of catching and battling. It was inevitable.
Maybe this review will be a a thousand words. Maybe it will be ten-thousand. I don’t know. I’m going in relatively blind. The ambition is present and why let this chance slip away? I finished the game for the fourth(?) time in my life; with it, I think I can finally settle my true feelings for it once and for all. This may either be revolutionary or a mess lying in wait. Hopefully, it’ll be both and more. Continue reading “Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut Review”→
Goku will never make it into Super Smash Bros. That’s what I always told myself around the time Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out and the pleas from Dragon Ball Z fans became relevant upon the addition of Snake as a guest character. Why the hell would they add Goku? He’s not even a video game character. On top of that, Super Smash Bros. is a celebration of Nintendo characters. Snake is only a one-time guest. You stupid idiots. Goku will never be in the game. Ever. Ever.
Fast forward ten-plus years. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has opened the floodgates to inviting a seemingly endless list of participants through their DLC additions. Their most recent addition is Joker from Persona 5, who became playable two days ago. Joker from Persona 5? Well… that’s interesting. Continue reading “Goku in Smash Bros. No Longer Seems so Far-Fetched”→
[Disclaimer: all images acquired from Google search.]
I live about a three-minute walk away from an elementary school—the same elementary school I attended when I was a child. Behind the school (or perhaps in front of it, depending on direction) is a track used for P.E. activities, football, and other school activities. Occasionally, I like to walk around this track to clear my head or get some fresh air. My most recent visits had me thinking about F-Zero GX, the last game in the F-Zero franchise (not counting spin-offs like GP Legends). It’s been over fifteen years since then, and no new F-Zero game has made itself available for the Wii, Wii U, or the Switch thus far. I think that’s unfortunate. Continue reading “My Ideas for a Modern F-Zero Title”→