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Hopeless dreamer who infrequently writes about games (and other stuff) at Sluglips and Full Glass, Empty Clip.<br /> <br /><br />

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  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 3 days ago

    Panzer Dragoon Saga. It's one of the best games ever made, an exemplar in its genre, with gorgeously unique art direction and music. It's also a tragedy in game preservation: chained to a less popular console, prohibitively expensive at resale and unlikely ever to see a port thanks to the freaking source code being lost.

    And yet it's one of the most important JRPGs, bringing the same kind of refining redefining that Chrono Trigger did and holding up (almost) just as well. Mostly, I'm just happy with younger people finding enjoyment in older classics, but no, sorry, hypothetical children, Panzer Saga is mandatory and I am teaching you a graduate class on it.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Game Would You Want Future Generations of Gamers Playing?

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 4 days ago

    I just want to make the dumb pun about this late SNES title being a bright, candy colored nesting of games-within-games that Nadia obviously thought of but then wisely thought better of:

    MatrYoshki's Island

    There. Sorry.

    (Not sorry.)

    Posted in Super NES Classic Reviews Game by Game #20: Kirby Super Star

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 6 days ago

    The first time I played New Vegas, I walked out of Doc Mitchell's and promptly fell through the ground into some awful/wonderful underworld chock full of scorpions. It was a pretty lousy experience. I tried soldiering on through the (literal) bugs, but the more linear nature of the early game didn't sit right with me after Fallout 3.

    A year or so later, I revisited it with all the DLC and it became one of my favorite games. Its characters and worldbuilding are unmatched by both the old school Fallouts and the Bethesda games, and it now feels a bit anomalous. Ironic that the high water mark for the series would be set in the Mojave. Thanks for this amazing writeup! :)

    Posted in The Making of Fallout: New Vegas: How Obsidian's Underrated Sequel Became a Beloved Classic

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 6 days ago

    The writing and/or localization does look , um... rough...but everything else seems great, so I can shrug it off. Still a smidge disappointing. My limited exposure to the series left me with the impression that while its storytelling is way less complicated than your average JRPG fare, it's not bad. It may not be the main reason anyone plays the games, but Ys deserves better writing than that.

    For some reason, anchor tags are getting automagically turned into broken image tags, but I wanted to link to examples from another review, not post 'em inline, so hey, just to appease the ornery gremlins:

    Edited 7 times. Last edited 5 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Is a Good Time for Ys Fans and Newcomers

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 6 days ago

    Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series and Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books"

    Sold. I mean. I was already sold based on the premise, art and pedigree, but. Those influences in particular are catching my interest and suggest something special is cooking. If they add just a pinch of Susannah Clarke and/or Ursula LeGuin to the mix, ohhhh.

    Posted in Stardew Valley Publisher Unveils Influences and Details About Their Upcoming Magic School Sim

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 7 days ago

    This looks like it builds on the parts of Other M I enjoyed (it's 2D! it's 3D! it's both!) and scrapes off all the parts I did not (as much as the game gets deserved flack for its writing, the thing that really crossed the line was the pixel hunt in which you have to find a blonde white woman wearing a white lab coat looking out of a white building in a snowfield. During a blizzard. argh).

    Maybe I'm only seeing it that way because I really liked the parts of Other M I enjoyed and wanted to see another game in that style, without all the cruft. I dunno. Looks good, though!

    Posted in Metroid: Samus Returns Review: A Near Perfect Remake of an Underappreciated Gem

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 7 days ago

    I had a feeling this would happen! I'm glad it is. I just hope it doesn't relaunch super soon after the SNES Classic, because I imagine it's still going to be pick-up-soon-or-the-scalpers-win-again and I'm not made of money.

    Posted in Nintendo Puts The NES Classic Back Into Production

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 8 days ago

    This is a really interesting case. Evoking slippery slopes and future consequences set by precedent is often a canard...but in this instance does seem like it muddies an already murky pool. I am sincerely unsure how this affects DMCA takedowns generally, or if it even can. It's a pretty specific situation. I'm not sure it'd even set a bad precedent, as consequences for vocal bigotry are probably okay, and most DMCA takedowns have considerably more nebulous rationales, anyway. Kjellberg is a public figure with a large audience who makes a considerable income streaming. This and past offenses of his are beyond "controversial opinions," so losing rights to use others' media as a consequence likely doesn't represent a serious threat to streamers and journalists in general.

    I totally understand Campo Santo's perspective here. I would want to distance my work from Kjellberg, too. The actual legal workings of the case are pretty far beyond me, but it looks like the intent is to sever ties (however loose) and complicity by not allowing Kjellberg to use their work at all, which I think is...fine, actually.

    Posted in Counterpoint: People Think Campo Santo is Dangerous for Issuing PewDiePie a DMCA Takedown, They're Not

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 12 days ago

    This is my favoritest platformer and one of my favoritest games. I think it's perfect. I'm trying, and can't really come up with any flaws worth criticizing. I was just like, "Hmm...wait, was there a pink yoshi?" and scrolled up and yes, indeed, there was a pink yoshi. And purple. Gold. Aqua. Indigo. Dang. Can't even dock it a point for not having a particularly colored dinosaur in it. 110/100

    Posted in Super NES Classic Reviews Game by Game #18: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 12 days ago

    I'm suddenly unsure if I ended up reading all of these, so I guess I'll just reread the whole series from start to finish...

    (Also, I agree that the original game's ending is powerful, gutsy and surprisingly pessimistic. I sort of regard all the sequels and spinoffs as quasi-elevated fanfic, in large part because the original ending really, really strongly implies they're just a bunch of hot nonsense.)

    Posted in Final Fantasy VII: A Six-Part Deep Dive Into Square's RPG Classic