Rog & Roll is another game that I’ve had my eye on for some time now. Who wouldn’t with how bright and vivacious the overall product looks? When news came that it was offering a demo in the (now past) Steam Next Fest, it was high on my priority list. Now, after about 45 minutes of playtime, there are numerous new things I’ve come to appreciate about it… and a few things that concern me.
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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One of the most impactful games of my childhood was Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Its presence in my life has a bit of a strange structure, which only adds to its legend for me. Within the game itself lies an intensely fun and engaging journey of color and memorable events. The game, and its entire franchise in general, certainly influenced an entire generation of players. Some of those players ended up so inspired that they made their own Paper Mario-esque game: Bug Fables.
Always a semi-risky venture to make a game so similar to that of its inspirator. Comparisons become inevitable, and the perception of “copy-pasting” ideas and mechanics can alienate some. Yes, Bug Fables is heavily inspired by Paper Mario and it shows through most facets of its structure and identity. What becomes important is experiencing how this new product relinquishes the adherence to being within the shadow of its source inspiration.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling” →
For those unaware, five years ago I started an annual tradition called March of the Movies, where I watch a film every day for the month of March and write reviews for them on the blog for people to peruse. The premise will be the same as it was last year (and most other years): I watch a film at any part of a particular day and will release some sort of review, whether fully detailed or comically short, in that same specific day.
Continue reading “Commencing the 2022 March of the Movies” →
Everyone, it did not take long to find the first droppable series of this year’s festivities. Only being able to sit through about two and a half episodes of Horimiya, this post will not be especially long (I promise).
Continue reading “Horimiya (Merry Days of Anime 2021)” →
Now we’ve arrived in June, and it’s very, very close to present time. Playing through Metroid Prime 3 ever so slowly, my Metroid fascination was still in high gear—this was even before the Nintendo Direct at E3! I wanted to watch more Metroid Prime, so I went looking for someone to watch to fill that urge. Always how these things start.
One streamer had a very “mechanical” name, complete with retro-esque icon that appealed to my old-man taste. A sort of simplicity that harkened to the very basics of games: having fun and beeps n’ boops. Joining in for the first time, they were pretty far into the game. As a veteran player, however, I immediately went into “guide mode” and watched intently as they tried to figure out the mechanisms present. One stream turned into two, and now it has well exceeded double digits.
Introducing GameJoyPod. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)
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And because I made the first post about it, four exclamation points is the official™ amount necessary!!!! Continue reading “Announcing the “Visualist x100!!!!” Continuation” →
Still hot off the heels of collaborating with WeekendOtaku, Karandi of 100WordAnime has graciously accepted the offer to collaborate with yours truly on episodic posts involving an upcoming seasonal anime title. The gif above should give you a hint of what title. Continue reading “Announcing the “Visualist x100!!” Collab” →
(Recommended by my mother. Seriously.)
Oh, look. Another example of a “classic.” A “classic” being an entertainment form that is beloved by many for… being memorable, I guess. Note that I am being cynical by regarding it as a “classic” instead of a classic. Ghostbusters was also a “classic,” but at least for that film I gave it a passing grade. No dice for the kids at Ridgemont. Continue reading “Day Fourteen: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (MotM 2018)” →