Exploring My Biases Against Certain Genres and Mechanics

Have you ever seen a trailer for a game and immediately knew it wasn't for you? This happens to me consistently, and all it usually takes is a trailer or screenshot for me to see the mechanics at play to know a game isn't for me. While I try to keep an open mind about every game, it's a challenge for me to look at certain mechanics or genres and still feel compelled to play it despite what the critical reception is...

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...