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  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 5 days ago

    Also just to add, one thing I love about Bubblegum is that she's both stereotypically feminine and interesting. At the same time. Somehow way too many writers have an inability to conceive of "girly" and "[insert things that make fictional people interesting]" as coexisting in a single character. When we do get well written female characters in games, they tend to follow a tomboy/manic pixie mode that's not nearly so pink-and-Lisa-Frank-things-everywhere. The latter generally gets coded for low intelligence, superficiality, banal personality, etc.

    Peach would be a counterexample, but alas.

    Posted in Nadia's Midboss Musings: Would Nintendo's Real "Badass Princess" Please Stand Up? (Plus: Meet Ironknuckle!)

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 5 days ago

    Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum kind of demonstrates the largely untapped potential of the character, too. Peebs is basically Peach with a consistently interesting personality, scary intelligence, weird backstory and somewhat alarmingly perhaps way too much agency given what she gets up to in the lab half the time.

    There are seeds of that in the RPG iterations of Peach, but at the end of the day, I guess Samus is the only Nintendo Princess allowed to be cool, and that's an accident they seemed intent on "fixing" anyway. Still want my Legend of Tetra.

    Posted in Nadia's Midboss Musings: Would Nintendo's Real "Badass Princess" Please Stand Up? (Plus: Meet Ironknuckle!)

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 5 days ago

    Overwatch doesn't appeal to me much as a game, but I do love the character designs; they're really well suited to playing with different outfits, accessories, costumes and themes.

    I may have some small obsession with character customization and fashion in games, so I'm always happy to see that get celebrated. Overwatch does well in another area other games could learn from: its designs are colorful, appealing and fun. Things have gotten so much better in recent years, but too often it's felt like alternate costumes and player customization were jobs handled by people who could care less.

    Posted in One Year Later, and Overwatch Is All About Being the Most Fashionable

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 10 days ago

    I miss cheat devices. Modern games are generally much more well-balanced and it's a lot easier to apply mods and downloaded saves and what not even to console games, so I understand the lack of demand...

    ...but I still like RPGs, and it'd be nice to have more control over not-grinding.

    Posted in Only '90s Kids Want to Remember: Game Genie's "Thank You Canada" Ad

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 11 days ago

    I love them both, too, but they are very different games. Cross is actually a wonderful sequel in some ways, in that it almost seems to be arguing directly against its predecessor, which is fascinating. Would've loved to've gotten a not-so-rushed version of the game, but c'est la vie.

    Everyone can agree that they both have the best soundtracks, at least.

    Also, using the elaborate floating cloud background for a like two or three pixel thick ring is actually pretty cool.

    Posted in Video Peels Back Chrono Trigger's Secrets Layer by Layer

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 12 days ago

    Seriously, why doesn't every game let you make original Sonic characters? This is a feature I didn't know I needed until now, but now I need it in everything.

    Posted in Sonic Forces Lets You Create Your Own Sonic Character, Because Life Is Beautiful

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 12 days ago

    Literally the thing I need most and least right now.

    Posted in Splatoon 2's Squid Sisters Stories Is Some Tragically Effective Viral Marketing

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 19 days ago

    Sigh. I have no idea what's going on with this. It would be nice to have more tangible details, instead of handwaved nonsense about a "reimagining" (for what is clearly the same game with some slight improvements in visual fidelity and tweaks to mechanics). It sounds like they're implementing things people have always asked for while going about it in ways that are too vague and offputting.

    I do love The Secret World. Its setting and storytelling are unique and far ahead of anything else online games are doing. But leaving the original game for dead and diluting what TSW "is" with too many offshoots leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    Funcom's had a...rough time of it, though, between the fraud case, financial shortcomings and a general tendency to bite off more than they can chew. I'd be half surprised if even they had a clue what's going on with SWL.

    Posted in Secret World Legends Will Release in June, Releases New Trailer

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 20 days ago

    It actually makes sense that the hand-holding was an artifact from the transition to 3D, when no one was quite sure what to do...

    ...except that Link's Awakening started it. Hm. Well. I guess Link's Awakening is enough of a Nintendo fever dream that a concern players would forget what keys are makes sense.

    Anyway, SS is lovely, but so is change!

    Posted in Zelda: Breath of the Wild Is Tailored to Be Ocarina of Time's Opposite

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 21 days ago

    Well, we can all listen to what it might've sounded like and dream.

    (full album playlist)

    ...and yeah. As excited as I was to hear that un-arrangement album, I think the overall quality of the game's musical sound translated better into the teensier regular 'ole SNES hardware. So, there's something to be said for watching what you wish for. Still, if some big chunk of SoM CD ever surfaced, I'd be beyond thrilled if it was all completely unlike the game I actually know and love.Edited 2 times. Last edited 3 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in My Ill-Conceived Dream: To Play Secret of Mana for the Nintendo PlayStation