Music Album Review: Revival (Eminem): Why the Critics are Wrong

Eminem | Revival

Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, or whatever you want to call him, is one of the most fascinating public figures I have ever encountered. I was undoubtedly late to the party in regards to his work as I have only discovered it a few years ago. I have heard bits and pieces of his songs from my brother who I assume, like many others, was a fan of his in the early 2000s but lost interest afterwards. The first song of his I actually listened to was “When I’m Gone,” one of three original songs (and the only good one at that) included on his Greatest Hits album “Curtain Call.

I tend to be drawn to any works of arts with strong emotional power to them much more so than the usual over the top edgy shit Em is known for (although I do still enjoy that stuff) so his singles like “Mockingbird”, “Like Toy Soldiers”, “Cleanin Out My Closet”, “Stan”, “Beautiful”, “Not Afraid”, “The Way I Am” and “Space Bound” were the ones that that I noticed first, but I also was quite fond of the hilarious and clever stuff like “My Name Is”, “The Real Slim Shady”, “Without Me,” “Rap God”, “Berserk”, “Guilty Conscious,” etc. However, it is hardly just the singles that I liked, as I have heard every song from his main albums at least once. Read more

Amazing VGM: Fossil Falls (Super Mario Odyssey)

Super Mario Odyssey | Fossil Falls

Well, right now I can definitely say I am hooked on Super Mario Odyssey. I have over 350 moons thus far and have yet to even “beat” the game in the traditional manner. I think it’s safe to say that I love this game. There may have been a few moments where I felt that it went a bit overboard on the collectables and a few of the moons suck(Fuck 100 Jump ropes and 100 volleys!), but I’ve been finding this game’s expansive worlds and the amount of creative mechanics to be highly engaging.

And there’s the music. The first song that one thinks of when they think Super Mario Odyssey is likely “Jump Up! Super Star!” but there is one track that I think is better. Super Mario Galaxy is a tough act to follow in a lot of ways but music wise it is especially difficult to follow up. Personally I still think the Galaxy titles had better music than Odyssey but the latter is still no slouch. It figures that my favorite track is one that sounds like it was leftover from Galaxy. Read more

Political Rant: Trans People (and all minorities) Are Not Responsible for their Mistreatment!

neutral in situations of injustice

CW: Transphobia, homophobia

Last month I wrote an essay about the ideological conflicts between Radical Feminism and the trans movement. While it was mostly well received, there were a few trans people who expressed concern that I was blaming trans people for their own mistreatment. I was initially dismissive and hostile towards these criticisms because I felt as though they were actively looking for signs of disloyalty and picking it apart despite it clearly not being my intention. I had seen how quick trans people are to turn on their supporters and I often felt as though I would be eviscerated for not holding the exact same viewpoints.

I believed there was something wrong with the trans community in their hostility towards opposition, and for all I know there might be. To be honest I’m not entirely sure since I’m only one woman, but I do accept the possibility that there are people who are trans and are also narcissistic, misogynist, violent, abusive, or unstable. These are all human qualities though. You will find these types of people in every sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, ideology, religion, or social class that has ever existed. If you ever judge the entirety of these groups by their worst members yet do not hold your own group to the same standards, you’re a gigantic hypocrite! Read more

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (Vita/PS4/PC): Satisfactory but Samey (Detailed Review)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth1 | logo

I’ve always felt quite strongly about the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. I always felt there was something to it that a lot of its detractor ship just didn’t get; or rather chose not to get. If people wish to believe that there is nothing to this series but a bunch of moe girls doing cute things and getting into sexy shenanigans with no depth or intelligence, they are going to do so. Of course I have always said from the beginning that this is not the case with this series.

The reason why is not because the previous description is untrue, but because it IS true, and the series plays to that strength. Most games nowadays are very pretentious and take themselves overly seriously and present themselves as if they are these cinematic masterpieces, while the Neptunia series is just trying to be fun in whatever way it can be, which is what games SHOULD aim for. Read more

Amazing VGM: Encounter of Destiny (Megadimension Neptunia VII)

Megadimension Neptunia VII | Dark CPU

Well would you look at that, Megadimension Neptunia VIIR is out now and I haven’t even reviewed the original version of it. I have no idea how much is changed from one version to the other but there is one thing that certainly doesn’t need to change; the music. I’ve already talked about the other two boss themes from this game, “Voltage” and “Fate.” Both of those are amazing boss tracks but they are mere noise compared to the glory that is “Encounter of Destiny.” Read more

Bottom 5 Games Reviewed on Guardian Acorn in its First Year

I have covered the best games reviewed on this site in its first year and now it is time to look at the opposite side of the coin. The bottom of the barrel, the cream of the crap, the digitized disasters, etc. While I tend to focus more on the critical analysis of games that are remotely decent or substantive, I certainly have not been any stranger to tearing terrible games a new one. Hell that’s basically the entire point of my  Steam Greenlight Landfill series.

As a reminder, the entries on this list are only including games I reviewed between January 1st of 2017 to May 6th of 2018. The reason for this specific time frame is to include the titles I reviewed for Brash Games before starting up this blog in the running since I like having more material to work with. However I also prefer to be working with stuff I actually reviewed remotely recently as opposed to four year old GameFAQs edits. Anyway,, without further delay, let’s revisit five terrible Steam releases you never heard of an will promptly forget about after you finish reading this! Read more

Top 5 Games Reviewed on Guardian Acorn in its First Year

Holy shit folks. I was too busy wallowing in guilt and depression that I didn’t notice that this dumb blog of mine has been going for over a year now. I have been thinking about how I would commemorate this and considered focusing on my favorite articles posted here… but that would be mostly political pieces and I want to have fun here. So I decided I will instead focus on the best & worst games reviewed on this site this year.

I’ve been a game reviewer longer than a political commentator anyway. I’ve been reviewing since early 2013 but it only occurred to me this year that I could actually make a name for myself with my writing talents… okay maybe not but I’ll have a better chance of doing so and not needing a real job if I just create my own blog. As a note though, I’m only counting games I reviewed between the start of 2017 and May 6th of 2018 so that I can count my Brash Games reviews. So this means no reviews that were written prior but re-edited and posted here, as I’d like to talk about stuff I actually played recently.

So, out of the 30 + titles reviewed in this time period, which ones did I enjoy the most? Read on to find out. Links to where the titles can be purchases are embedded in the parenthesis over their respective consoles. Read more

Amazing VGM: Believe in Myself (Sonic Adventure)

Sonic Adventure | Tornado

I’ve never been one to avoid connecting my personal life into my game related articles. After all, if someone is reading this blog then it’s because I have a unique style that no one else can replicate. I may as well not hide the fact that I am an individual person with her own experiences and feelings. It is those experiences that make me who I am and it is who I am that allows me to do what I do.

Fittingly enough, this week’s song is about learning to take care of and believe in yourself, and given what just happened I cannot think of a more appropriate time to cover it. The song is titled, appropriately enough, “Believe in Myself” and is the character theme of Tails from Sonic Adventure. Read more

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP (Vita): Producing Far From Perfection (Detailed Review)

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP | cover

To say that I am a fan of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series would be an understatement. My very first review was of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, and in that review, I stated that it was one of the greatest JRPGs released this generation despite it possessing only a fraction of the budget of most of its competition. Since then the only regret I have is that I have not praised it enough. Otherwise I still stand by every word of that review and I probably will until my dying breath. So to alleviate anyone’s concerns, I am not one in the same boat as the various critics who slammed the previous games based solely on the fact that they were low budget, had scantily clad female characters, and were JRPGs that did not have Final Fantasy in the title. In fact, it should come as no surprise that I despise most of the “professional” reviewers so much that one of my key reasons to start writing reviews was to put my money where my mouth is and review things the way I think they should be done. Read more

Steam Greenlight Landfill: Giana Sisters 2D

Giana Sisters 2D | Title Screen

Giana Sisters 2D is a painfully dull platformer. More specifically it is a PC port of Giana Sisters DS, which itself was a reboot for a 1987 Commodore 64 title called “The Great Giana Sisters.” Now it goes without saying that most 2D platformers have been inspired by Super Mario Bros 1 in some way, but The Great Giana Sisters was so much of a blatant ripoff that Nintendo threatened to sue its developers if they didn’t pull the game from shelves, to which they actually complied and removed it.

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