Tag Archives: Sci-Fi

Top 50 Video Games (2018): 1-10

  1. Spelunky

Spelunky is the game I play when I’m feeling down. Spelunky is the game I think about when I think about great game design.  Spelunky is the game I want to see ported to the Switch the most. It checks so many boxes for me: endlessly playable, difficulty but fair, a game I can play to decompress, it lets me rescue dogs to gain health, and a game that continues to surprise me even after 100+ hours of play. Few things in this world exist mean as much to me as this game does. It’s the greatest. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 1-10

Top 50 Video Games (2018): 31-40

  1. Shadow of the Colossus

There’s something about the first time you encounter each colossus, the simultaneous majestic  awe mingled with looming dread that you’re going to have to find a way to bring it down. It’s a game constantly at tension with itself, beautiful and barren, awe-inspiring and haunting. There’s a hallowed feeling to this game, like you’ve stepped on sacred ground when you entered this world and no other game I’ve played evokes that feeling so perfectly. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 31-40

Top 50 Video Games (2018): 41-50

  1. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Video games have a tendency to want to replicate our world too much. With the potential for anything you could imagine, why not dream of something strange and bizarre? Morrowind does just this, presenting one of the most distinct and rich game worlds seeping with its own mythologies, ideologies, and politics that keep the main quest fascinating all the way up to the end. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 41-50

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Gundam is one of the pillars of anime, an entire franchise birthed in the medium that branched off into other mediums and the most lucrative intellectual properties in the world to have its origins in anime. And it makes sense given how the spectacle of giant mecs fighting an interplanetary war is the perfect world for the animation medium where production costs won’t run as high as live-action TV and film. Continue reading Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The original Star Wars trilogy is in many ways the textbook example of the hero’s journey, the battle between good and evil where the hero overcomes challenges and sets things right. And while there are certainly merits to this structure, there’s something else that made Star Wars interesting, it wasn’t simply the structure, it was a sense of world in place where everything was run down and falling apart and the glory days were long gone. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)