Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Sorry, Who Are You Again? – 5 Underdeveloped Video Game Bosses

Needless to say, this post will have some spoilers ranging from minor to kind of important. We all comfortable with that? Cool. For me, well designed boss fights are one of the best parts of video gaming. They should be challenging, intimidating, a test of everything the game has taught you up to that point. …

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Koga Needs Mothballs – Mobile Suit Nuzlocke Challenge Week 10

Another week with only a Pokémon update… Bear with me, I’m sitting on some interesting ideas, just need some more hashing out. And now, Stryke’s handy guide to playing the Safari Zone in Nuzlocke Step One: DON’T THROW ROCKS! A Pinsir missed out on, lesson learned, I flew back to Celadon, took down Snorlax number …

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The Unexpected Virtue of Snorlax – Mobile Suit Nuzlocke Challenge Week 9

I gotta admit, I didn’t find a lot of time for Nuzlocking this week (been busy with home decorating, yay grown up life!) Which isn’t to say that the week was a bust, I just made far less progress than usual. So last week left me saved hovering above the accursed Snorlax on Route 12, …

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Yes I’m Everybody’s Mr Bad Guy – Exploring the Popularity of Villains

Recently I was reading Anime Girls NYC’s post on her top ten favourite villains and it got me thinking about antagonists in anime and games. It seems like the otaku and gamer communities sure do love their villains, sometimes more so than the heroes we’re supposed to be rooting for, but why is that exactly? I’ve had a bit …

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Musou Meditation Madness! -5 Franchises That Need a Warriors Spinoff

Way back in my mid teens, a friend showed me a little PlayStation 2 game called Dynasty Warriors 3. While a quite simplistic game in terms of mechanics, I was enraptured by the cartoonishly overpowered combatants, sprawling battlefields and horrendous voice acting that made the cutscenes feel like an old, badly dubbed Chinese movie. I …

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A Jolt(eon) to the System – Mobile Suit Nuzlocke Challenge Week 8

Wow. I am learning SO much about playing Pokemon well from this challenge. Who would have thought that concentrating on a single squad of six would lead to having a competent party of a high enough level to actually make it through most story battles unscathed? Madness. This week we left Rock Tunnel behind to …

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Are You Sitting Comfortably? Well Don’t!

Japanese culture, if you’ll excuse the paraphrasing, is big. Really, really big. It’s only recently that I’ve come to realise just how many genres, themes and artistic styles can fall under the umbrella terms of anime, manga and Japanese video games, especially when one considers that anime and manga are made for people from all walks of …

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Mobile Suit Nuzlocke Challenge Week Six-Seven – Evolve or Die

Oops, looks like someone forgot to update last weekend! Just as well I suppose, since I only played a couple of days in the last fortnight. But enough self-effacement, onward to progress reports! Week six had a focus on evolution. As I moved through the SS Anne I prioritised getting Sandrock up to Sandslash and …

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