Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon LeafGreen, and the Unfortunate Consequence of Playing Better Games

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In major parts of November and December, I played through and thoroughly enjoyed Pokémon Platinum, which was particularly surprising considering I didn’t think I liked the fourth generation of Pokémon. Upon its release roughly seven months ago, Fire Emblem: Three Houses destroyed my social life and ended up being my 2019 GOTY. Both would have a profound impact on my experience playing games from their respective franchises that came before: Fire Emblem: Awakening and Pokémon LeafGreen, both of which I had previously completed and enjoyed. Said impact, unfortunately, did not end up positive. Continue reading “Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon LeafGreen, and the Unfortunate Consequence of Playing Better Games”

Ranking the Oscars 2020 Best Picture Candidates

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This is historically the part where I provide a disclaimer that I haven’t seen every film nominated for Best Picture. That will not change today… however, I have seen nearly all of them. Only Ford v Ferrari is left unwatched, mostly because I think it looks boring. Apologies to those that adored it, but cars and people who like cars are not my preferred subject matter. (Don’t ever invite me to watch Fast & Furious.) Continue reading “Ranking the Oscars 2020 Best Picture Candidates”

Frustration in Video Games Is Just Part of the Adventure

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I cannot recall if I’ve ever described this phenomenon I have with the more trepidatious moments of a video game’s whole. Briefly, perhaps, I’ve mentioned my leniency towards these moments, but for today, I shall expand upon this topic in the hopes that it may reach you, reader, and you will be able to sympathize with my insanity. That, and it’s become a running joke in the family recently. It’s on the mind and I felt it’d be neat to share a little more of my gaming expectations. Continue reading “Frustration in Video Games Is Just Part of the Adventure”

Why the NFL Hall of Fame is Misleading

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(Note: This could technically apply to the Hall of Fame moniker in any competitive sport, but football is the only one I care enough about, so I titled this appropriately.)

With the recent retirement of Eli Manning, the NFL world will be Manning-less for the first time since 1997. The fact that people are even mentioning this as a notable fact speaks volumes to the impact that the Manning brothers have had in NFL history. Not many will argue against Peyton’s ability, unless in relation to Tom Brady, but Eli always got a bit of heat for his play throughout the years. Many are debating his credentials as a Hall of Fame player, with those opposed citing his career record and quarterback rating, while those in favor point to his Super Bowl rings. Both sides are missing something important, though, something I believe in that not everyone will agree with. Continue reading “Why the NFL Hall of Fame is Misleading”

Top 20 Best Films of the 2010-19 Decade

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Watching films as a hobby isn’t quite as highlighted on my blog as anime, but in all honesty, I almost prefer it. More vast of a history behind it, typically shorter amount of time spent, and the indie scene is far more rewarding. According to my letterboxd profile, I’ve logged 397 films since January of 2015, around five years ago. That’s a much higher rate than the 450 anime I’ve logged since mid-2012. As such, I felt I could add to another discussion of the best films I’ve seen this decade, even if I started somewhat late. As always, this is a personal list and I have not seen everything. If an omission upsets you, make your own list. Continue reading “Top 20 Best Films of the 2010-19 Decade”

Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade

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It only seems appropriate for me, as compartmentalized my mindset is, to indulge myself in extravagant lists of opined flavor. I’ve seen numerous publications do “decade lists” that note the best of various subjects throughout this soon to be disintegrated ten-year stretch. That essence of finality is intoxicating to me, so I decided I want to do it, too. What better way to start than with the medium I have paid careful attention to (to various degrees over time) for the last seven-plus years? These are the twenty anime series I consider to be better than the rest. And as always, this is a personal list and I have not seen every anime ever. If an omission upsets you that greatly, make your own list. Continue reading “Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade”

The Wild Area Saved Pokémon Sword & Shield From Mediocrity

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If regular readers are taking this in and thinking to themselves, “Hey, this isn’t Merry Days of Anime,” know that I’m currently watching through a two-cour anime, so the next post may take a while (unless I drop it). The topic for today is something I’ve been pondering for a little while, at least in the time since I beat Pokémon Shield, a game I at one point claimed I wouldn’t play. Continue reading “The Wild Area Saved Pokémon Sword & Shield From Mediocrity”