Into the Breach with Billie Eilish’s dont smile at me

Into the Breach with Billie Eilish’s dont smile at me

Because I had planned poorly, the Vek—burrowing, alien kaiju—came swarming out of the dirt. The war was over, I had lost. With Earth thoroughly doomed, I took my one surviving pilot and abandoned the timeline, jumping through a rift in time and hoping to do better in an alternate universe. That sequence, on loop, is the [...]

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The Nintendo 64 was the first video game system that really and truly impressed me. The flat graphics of the 16-bit generation were, from my adolescent viewpoint, limited but the N64 presented games in three dimensions, changing what video games could be and allowing for a previously inconceivable level of immersion. And while the Sony [...]

Killing Time

Killing Time

Tomorrow evening I'll come home to find Red Dead Redemption 2 waiting in a package on my doorstep. Long awaited and highly anticipated, the game is already awash in critical acclaim. I can't wait to play it. At the same time, I'm slightly afraid that I won't actually enjoy the game at all. RDR2 promises [...]

Final Fantasy XV in Review

Final Fantasy XV in Review

It may be that the final campfire scene in Final Fantasy XV is the single most emotional moment I've ever experienced through a video game. After spending 50-some odd hours with Noctis and his lovable band of dude-bros, having been absorbed into their friendships through a near-endless Road Trip to Save the World and subsequently [...]

Destiny Already

Destiny Already

I'm a fan of long-form reviews. I think it's kind of crazy that we ask reviewers of books and albums and games to render a verdict in only few days on art that may have taken its creators months or, more likely, years to create. How could you process all of that information, how could you [...]

Kenna Faction

For reasons that are not entirely clear to even me, I spent a small chunk of last night playing Red Faction. To those of you unfamiliar with that title, suffice to say that it's a video game from 2001 and, perhaps unsurprisingly given all the technological advancements in that medium in the past 13 years, [...]