Blog: Price Adjustment – 07/08/20

Recently the folks over at Take-Two Interactive came out and announced that the upcoming NBA 2k21 will cost $70 on next generation machines like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, while current generation editions will remain at $60. The two reactions I've encountered most have been people grousing at this price adjustment, and those who think a price hike has been long overdo. For the most part I find myself agreeing with the latter sentiment in general, but sincerely believe that NBA 2k21 should not be the game to usher in this new price tag without making massive changes to the formula that the 2K series has recently followed...

Blog: Games of July 2020 – 07/01/20

As cautious as I am about celebrating a new month in this disastrous year that is 2020, I feel like it's worth mentioning that there are some games due out in July that I'm excited for and might possibly stave off the encroaching sadness inside me. Granted, there's always the possibility that a spectacular game could release out of nowhere, but as far as the planned releases for this month, this is what I've got my eye on...

Blog: E3 Would’ve Already Been Over By Now – 06/24/20

It's weird to think about it isn't it? Had this year not been just a catastrophic mess from top to bottom, we would have already experienced what was gearing up to be the potentially weirdest E3 in history. Instead the world broke and we've been experiencing a steady stream of announcements that have sprung from various events that are too vast in number to keep track of anymore. I guess in a weird way I miss E3, but I'm also pretty ambivalent about its return...

Blog: GOG Galaxy – 06/10/20

With the nearly untenable amount of launchers and storefronts currently available on PC, a joke eventually arose from this heap of software that essentially said, "Soon enough you'll need a launcher for all of your launchers." Sure enough, in the past years we've seen several pieces of software try to position themselves as the last launcher you'd ever need. From Playnite to Discord, there have been no shortage of these inter-intermediaries available, but I'd like to focus specifically on GOG Galaxy...

Blog: Black Lives Matter – 06/03/20

I know everyone has their opinion about what's going on in the world right now, and I also know that my voice is not the best suited to speak on these heated issues, but being silent is akin to not caring at all. I'm sure you've seen and read a lot of media about this very topic, so my apologies for just adding another thing on the pile. Oh, and this shouldn't be surprising, but this one isn't about video games...

Gut Check: Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is an isometric, cooperative Diablo-esque action RPG that not only doesn't do justice to the kinds of games it's emulating, but to the Minecraft name itself. It isn't this abhorrent mess that's barely functional, however, it is devoid of anything interesting or exciting. It ultimately is a game that's boiling down the mechanics of other games into their basest components while doing nothing with the storied Minecraft brand outside of rendering everything in voxels...

Blog: Digging Up Diamonds – 05/27/20

There are few games that I can think of that have endured for so long while maintaining their popularity the way that Minecraft has.  The last time I played Minecraft was probably sometime during the Xbox 360 era, when it seemingly ballooned in popularity.  Yet here I am in 2020, playing this game that somehow feels familiar, but not too familiar...