Amazing VGM: Blizzard Buffalo (Mega Man X3)

Mega Man X3 | Blizzard Buffalo PS1 intro

So, we all agree that Mega Man X music kicks ass right? I mean, how can someone think otherwise. I’ve already talked about Spark Mandrill’s theme from the first Mega Man X, but it’s the Christmas err fuck, I mean holiday season, and I am totally being forced to say “holidays” instead of Christmas against my wishes due to political correctness gone mad and not just poking fun at an overused joke. Yeah yeah I know, no one actually cares which one I use except for the easily offended MAGAtards and Trump himself, which makes me want to keep saying holidays in and of itself. Unfortunately even I can’t manage THAT level of contrarianism when I actually do celebrate Christmas.

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Splatterhouse Retrospective #3 – Splatterhouse 2 (Genesis)

Splatterhouse 2 | Japanese Cover

Splatterhouse 2, known as Splatterhouse Part 2 in Japan, was a good game, a serious improvement over Wanpaku Graffiti if you even consider the games comparable. I would definitely consider it to be among the all time greats of the Sega Genesis, and would strongly recommend it to those whom are fans of Genesis library given that it is often overshadowed by… just about every Sega published title on the system. Whether I would consider it a better game than the first Splatterhouse though, I am undecided on.

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A Measured Response to Harry Brewis (hbomberguy): Objectification and Power Fantasy in Video Games

Senran Kagura Cast

TW: Mentions of misogyny, lesbophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

I have been meaning to touch upon the subject of objectification for a very long time. I have mentioned it in a lot of my work and I have made it known that it is a very personal subject to me, and it has often served as somewhat of a berserk button of mine. By far the most viewed article of mine was a response to then Destructoid writer Jed Whitaker’s own article about Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni, that claimed it was “Dynasty Warriors for pedophiles.” To say that I was not happy with it is like saying that the Holocaust was a bit of a bummer. That article of mine is perhaps the angriest piece I have ever written (and that I ever will).

What  particularly enraged me was how patronizing and condescending that Jed was to his own target audience and how little respect he had, in addition to hideously homophobic and sexist implications present throughout, despite the fact that he was clearly trying to be a feminist ally. Due to not wanting to be lumped in with the gamer bro AIW crowd, I tried to make my piece sound as feministy as possible and tried to address precisely WHY Jed Whitaker’s views were as harmful as they are. It seemed to have the opposite effect as it actually became very well received among anti-feminist GamerGate supporters, enough so that it was even retweeted by Ian Miles Cheong (which is probably how it got over 1300 total views when most of my pieces don’t even break 100).

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Time an Eternity: One of the Most Underrated JRPGs of All Time, and Representative of the Gaming Media’s Most Potent Double Standards

Time an Eternity | Cover

Time and Eternity has always been a pretty important game in terms of the impact it had on me. I will admit that I have this strange tendency to tell when a game is overhated before playing it and such a thing will irk me despite not even having played it yet. So I admit my opinion of Time and Eternity could have been stronger than if I just played it going into it without any clue what to expect.

This usually results in one of two possible outcomes. Either you end up with a game that, while it has a lot of detrimental flaws, it can still be enjoyed by plenty of people. Usually I tend to acknowledge these games as ones where, while they aren’t as bad as people make them out to be, I can still understand why people dislike them. Games like Lunar: Dragon Song on the DS for instance, had a lot of questionable design decisions and interface issues that caused it to be despised when it was in the same series as two of the greatest JRPGs ever made. I went into that game with negative hype, however, and found that it can be fun if one can get past certain issues. The same can also be said for more popular titles like Final Fantasy XIII.

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Amazing VGM: Christmas Love (Osu)

Kana Nishino | kimitte

It’s the Christmas season everyone, and a bunch of other stuff if you are of another faith that doesn’t matter, because this is Trump’s Amurica now, and we say Christmas here! Irony aside, it’s always going to be Christmas to me despite hardly being much of a Christian anymore. So many people are always cynical about this time of year but I seem to be one of the only ones who still believe in the true Holiday spirit. Oh and also the presents help, gotta love that commercialism. However, what probably does foster cynicism about the Holidays is hearing those same damn songs every year. I’m sure that they were good when they first came out, but one can only take year after year of ” ROCKIN’ AROUND the CHRISTMAS TREE AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY HOP!!!!!!!!!!!” before it starts to get grating as fuck.

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I haz bun nominunnayted

Well, it looks like I have been chosen for the Unique Blogger award. This appears to be something among bloggers similar to the “tagged” thing that I remember was on Youtube a while back. Well, since I always enjoy answering questions about myself I may as well do so. Anyway, thank you GamersGuild for the nomination, and also for the nice things he had to say about me. I also remember he was one of the first readers I had so thank you for that as well.

Anyway, the next part I am supposed to do is answer he these questions three.

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Splatterhouse Retrospective #2 – Splatterhouse: Wanpaku grafitti (NES)

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti | Box

Now it is time for part two of the Splatterhouse retrospective, but that does not mean that I am reviewing Splatterhouse 2, although I just finished it on the day I am writing this. There is instead this strange chibi spinoff called Splatterhouse Wanpaku Grafitti that was only released in Japan on the Famicom. Seems like a strange direction to take the series in considering the only game released prior was the arcade original. Yes I know plenty of games have chibi spinoffs, but they usually wait until there is more than one title. The gameplay of Wanpaku Grafitti is also noticeably different from the original, so I don’t even know why it’s a Splatterhouse game. And no, there’s no gore either. The game was alright but nothing particularly special, and can be recommended if you liked Monster Party but kinda wish it made a little more sense and didn’t have game breaking bugs.

I could not quite understand what the plot was about from what little was provided. The original game ended with Jenny dead after Rick escaped from the mansion, and hear you have them as kids. Even more strange is that Rick starts out dead in a coffin with Jenny nearby… even though it’s supposed to be the other way around. Rick randomly comes back to life and is reunited with his girlfriend… for about two seconds until a giant pumpkin comes and takes her. Yeah I know, makes perfect sense.

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Site Progress and Personal Update: December 2017

Normally with these updates, I tend to start them out by talking about how quickly the month went by. Last month was the opposite, it feels like FOREVER ago that November started, and a lot of shit happened. Thanksgiving has passed and now it is the onset of the Christmas Holiday season. As such, hopefully we can embrace what these holidays are really about. Before I go into that, here is our article recap for the month of November.

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Guardian Acorn – Game of the Year 2017 Awards – Help Wanted

So, most mainstream game journalist sites are getting ready to give the game of the year award to Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR Automata, or Persona 5; all of which sound like they deserve it for once. Or of course they could be the same cucks as always and give it to something stupid like Star Wars Battlefront 2, or Cowadoody WWII, . Despite the fact that 2017 will forever be remembered in gaming history as the year where lootboxes were inflicted upon the world and pissed everyone off so much the government got involved, 2017 seems to be one of the first years in a long time where even serious dedicated gamers agreed that it was a very good year for games.

I initially intended for this blog to be an entirely solo affair, but I have come to the conclusion that much more can be done as a TEAM if we all join in. I am now considering having other writers join this site for contributing other works, but for now I’d like to introduce this. I naturally have not played every game from 2017 given that I need time to do other shit and sometimes want to play games released before the current year (and also cause I have  l i t t l e  m o n e y). As a result, I cannot do this alone, which is why I need YOU to join me! Here is how I am planning things to go.

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Amazing VGM: Emil’s Theme (NieR/NieR Automata)

NieR is always going to have a special place in my heart. The original and its sequel Automata were the first two games to be reviewed on this site. Granted, neither of them were originally written with this site in mind and this was mainly because I had just put out the review of Automata at the time so I wanted the original up for context, but regardless, both games are special to me, if one couldn’t tell based on how often I reference them. I also consider both titles to have some of the strongest soundtracks in gaming. I decided that, while I am in the habit of re-writing old entries that I will revamp mine on “Emil’s Theme.” Yes, I know that is not the official name of the song, but the official name has a spoiler involved so that’s what I’m going to call it.

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