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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 4 days ago

    1) I slept through the Peachette reveal but I kind of love this? Both because it's cute and also because it complicates Mario "lore" unnecessarily which I will always accept as a good thing.

    2) I missed out on the NES in its day but I did manage to find some manuals and official tie-in books from the early 90s and remember poring over those religiously. Mario's universe was totally weird and unsettling!

    3) Nadia you are a treasure. This is the Real Games Journalism.

    Posted in The "Peachette" Controversy Reminds Me How Dark the Instruction Booklet for Super Mario Bros Is

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 9 days ago

    Yay! One of my favorite games. I'm really happy a lot of Suda's older work is getting rereleased on modern platforms, as it's almost exclusively the older stuff that actually interests me. It was a sad, dark time when Killer is Dead was the most easily accessible title for a lot of people, because it contains almost none of the qualities that made Killer7, Silver Case and Flower, Sun and Rain appeal to me.

    Nice interview! I'm looking forward to revisiting the game.

    Posted in Suda51 Revisits Killer 7 To Talk About Cut Content, A Potential Sequel, and His Favorite Character

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 13 days ago

    Sugiyama's politics have definitely dampened my enthusiasm greatly, as well. Even so, I hadn't planned on buying the game immediately (something I almost never do), so picking up a used copy later on isn't really a huge detour or inconvenience.

    Still, Dragon Quest is a series I want to support wholeheartedly because of its shaky history outside Japan; but I just can't, as long as Sugiyama is a co-owner. I feel ashamed I didn't know about his harmful views already, since they're not in any way new or private. It's just most of us were unaware, and truthfully didn't really care about a lot of these issues, until recently.

    It sucks. Dragon Quest XI is assuredly a beautiful game mostly made by people who are decent-to-good. And also one of its owners has some pretty appalling views. That's going to be a divisive thing; deciding how to engage with art made by toxic/abusive/harmful/problematic/complicated people is a pretty idiosyncratic thing. My own approach is that a case by case basis is the only thing that makes any sense. I'm still working out how I feel about this case, but leaning toward play-eventually-but-with-a-used-copy. Oh, well.

    Posted in Don't Let Dragon Quest XI Slip Through the Cracks

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 15 days ago

    Reminds me of this.

    Still waiting for a playable dieselpunk chocobo, Square.

    Posted in Spider-Man's Final Boss is Rendered With Over a Million Polygons

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 20 days ago

    Ninja Gaiden, apparently. I've never played it before (too young for the NES altogether) and I'm finding it surprisingly charming and smooth. It's so...goofy, but the presentation is really nice. I love all the interstitial cutscenes and variety of enemies/powerup dispensers in levels. It helps that the controls feel surprisingly fluid and it doesn't really punish you for failure.

    Posted in What Game Are You Playing Over Labor Day Weekend?

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 21 days ago

    Yeah, I'm fine with this. If you're going to use historical fascist imagery, you have a responsibility to frame it intelligently; that sounds like a high bar, but it's really not. Wolfenstein steps over it with ease.

    When it's something like this - where it's 1) just slipped in under the radar a bit and 2) less iconic, immediately recognizable imagery like the Iron Cross, 14, 88, the twin sig runes, the wolfsangel, the black sun or any of the other myriad secret handshakes Nazis have - it often endorses Nazi ideology intentionally or accidentally. I can understand the rationale of adding the symbols because the premise is modern day prisoners fighting to the death, so it's realistic to have some white supremacists in there, but there are a lot of Neo Nazis in games fandom and development, so I'm really, really wary of things like this. There are also a large number of people in both fandom and development who, while not themselves Neo Nazis, are very easy marks for Neo Nazis to recruit because their knee-jerk response is to defend Nazi imagery, to naively believe it can be "reclaimed," and then get gradually normalized into the ideology. So, shutting down careless uses of Nazi imagery is generally good, I think.

    Posted in Nazi Tattoos are No Longer in Scum, Devolver Digital Issues Apology

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 21 days ago

    Like a lot of PC games, I missed out on this series until the reboot/prequels (which I got around to fairly late, as well) and, working backwards, I was really taken aback by how smart the first game is. It's mechanically clunky and ugly as sin, but obviously written by someone who was paying a little bit of attention to transhumanism as a movement circa 1999/2000 and wary of the fascist creep going on there. I just don't go into any video game anticipating Eric Drexler and Olaf Stapleton namedrops. I was very pleasantly surprised by that. Gibson, Stirling and Cadigan are a little more predictable, but some of the references and conversations made my deeper nerdbrain light up with squees.

    It's interesting to contrast with the newer games. Those feel a lot more Hollywood and a lot more on board with the fascist-libertarian ideology underlying transhumanism, while the first game is much more pessimistic and critical of same. As you note, Kat, Bob Page would fit right in with Peter Thiel and Dark Enlightenment bros.

    I totally have nits to pick, but I can see why it was such an important game, and overall I enjoyed it. I just wish more in the series followed its sequel's lead and let you pick the protagonist's gender. Adam Jensen is just so. Freaking. Dull. Not that JC is particularly interesting, but at least his deadpan was tongue in cheek and sort of funny in places.

    Posted in The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #17: Deus Ex

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 22 days ago

    Trubbish is m'boi. Out of all of these, though? Yanma is the only one I remember at all. And I have apparently played most of the games they'd appear in, so... Oops?

    I rather like Sigilyph's design, though. I love the more abstract ones that don't rely so much on specific animals.

    Posted in Remembering Barboach, and 9 Other Pokemon We Plumb Forgot Existed

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 23 days ago

    Final Fantasy VII. I feel like that's not a very interesting answer, but it was my first PlayStation game. I actually owned it before I even had a PlayStation! So while it's not my favorite game for the console, it feels inexorably tied to it.

    I still remember how the game discs and the official strategy guide smelled. Mmmm. The sweet, glossy scent of games' Shiny Bright Future Past.

    Posted in PlayStation Nostalgia Swamps Twitter with Thousands of Memories

  • Avatar for Vonlenska Vonlenska 24 days ago

    This looks amazing! I love the juggling of visual styles.

    Posted in The Messenger Review