I don’t think we could have predicted the whole world going amiibo crazy with ridiculous mark ups by scalpers on “unicorn” rare amiibos. But when the quality of amiibo can fluctuate between Merth and newly reprinted Marth, balding villager, and factory defect turned super unicorn rare akimbo Samus, reviewing amiibos may have to come with some discretion. The Fire Emblem characters have been notorious for having the derp face imprinted on an otherwise solid figure, will Lucina suffer the same fate?
As an introverted teenager, I found solace in the corner stroking my iPod and listening to the voices of the Internet i.e. podcasts. They were the only ones that shared my passion for games, anime, and geeky culture in general so it was a dream of mine to become an Internet writer. Getting review copies, going to events, staying up late chatting about the themes and intricacies of some bizarre 16-bit japanese indie game sounded like the life of Riley’s nerdy brother.
There aren’t too many Internet origin stories documenting the rise of a common Internet writer but for those who want to join the ranks of bedroom journalists maybe interested in my beginnings.
As I progressed from an acne covered teen into a less acne covered adult one of the underlying choices I was making was how my wardrobe would be. I have been increasingly internet shopping as many stores have specialised merchandise, specifically apparel that feeds my nerdy desire. High Street stores can sell me a top with Mario or Sonic slapped across my chest but I think of those as childish garments. It’s a bit too on the nose for what I would like as a secret geek. This is where Insert Coin Clothing comes in.
The Walking Dead has seriously put a downer on my whole holiday, to the point that I’m seriously debating my life skills in the very rare case of an apocalyptic survival scenario. Season Two was a roller coaster of emotions and tough decisions, and while I didn’t like the new group as much as the old one, their pilgrimage for safety will still resonate as strongly.
I’m mostly indifferent to the zombie genre that has had a sudden resurgence in the late nouties. Left 4 Dead is a blast, Zombieland is hilarious, but I dislike the amount of Zombie related media that is put out nowadays. It’s become a novelty or a fad. Thus I’ve never invested in The Walking Dead as a franchise. The stark black and white art style of the comics wasn’t appealing and without a TV licence, it’s difficult for me to watch the show. I’ve always heard really good things about the game for the last few years but have waited patiently for the game to come down to budget price.
This year I succumb to the annual steam winter sale picking up The Walking Dead Season 1+ DLC along with the second season. It both made my holiday but also made it a whole lot difficult.
At the time of writing I have just started The Walking Dead’s Season 1 episode 3: Long Road Ahead. Previously I had to play through Episode 1 three times before finding a work around due to a glitch causing my choices not to go through correctly. For those playing on a Mac with a similar problem, here was my solution (link has spoilers for episode one going into two).
Anyways I thought I’d give a few thoughts about what I think of the game so far before writing a final Quick Thoughts after I completed the season.
I’m a complete stranger when it comes to Telltale’s new brand of story telling. I’ve dabbled in Back to the Future and Sam and Max’s wacky adventures along with frequenting the Inventory for a round of Poker but their newer works with The Walking Dead is completely alien to me. Last summer saw the release of The Wolf Among Us, the second of Telltale’s ventures in recreating franchised worlds namely the Fables series. I’ve never heard of this series until now but took an instant liking to it because of the recognisable fairy tales in a dark urban environment.
Steam’s Winter Sale finally got it’s hooks into me and I ended up buying the whole first season, completing it the same day. Yeah it’s pretty good.
Thoughts of high quality Indie titles on XBLA will generate mainly images with a 2D perspective. They could be puzzle, action, platformers, or beat em ups but they were always 2D. Except they’ve never shared the same aesthetic, all of them were unique. Braid was a moving portrait, Castle Crashers was a playable cartoon, and Fez was my vision of pixelated heaven. All of these games have been checked off my hit list, except LIMBO. LIMBO has sat patiently on my steam account waiting to be played and only recently have I mustered the courage to beat the dark, depressing, puzzle platformer.
Udon has been around for 14 years, working closely with Capcom to produce comics, art books, and video games and bring us closer to our favourite franchises. I’ve been a fan of Udon ever since Kotaku wrote a post about their first art book Udon’s Art of Capcom. It was big, bold, and showed that Udon’s artists could creatively meld our favourite world warriors, school fighters, and evils that go bump in the night. Now they’ve collected both Art of Capcom volumes and coupled them with a few more bits and bops from other art books to produce this massive volume; Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition.
The Street Fighter Legends series serves as side stories to the main story line being crafted by Udon based on the popular Capcom fighting games. Each character got four issues and a trade paper back. What I like about the Legends series is that its fun. There’s no world ending story or deep meaning behind each attack, just simple problems needing simple answers. Sakura is the star of the first Street Fighter Legends book so let’s see how it matches up to her last outing as a protagonist.