Holiday Kicks

It’s the holiday season and that means one thing – Nike, Adidas, and everyone else is going to hit the pockets. I’ve held strong on keeping the number of kicks I buy to a minimum but I might break that hold this season. Here a few of the kicks I have my eyes on.

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Persona 5 – The Cost of Death

This weekend I continued my quest in Kamoshida’s castle. Doing my best to sneak through the castle, I have to wonder if the physical attacks will ever be worth a damn. Thus far it seems like the game wants you to lean on using each character’s personas to attack enemies, yet the issue with that is that those attacks cost SP. In most RPGs, you can balance between physical and magic attacks. While magic attacks are usually stronger of the two, you should typically be able to get by with physical attacks. I decided to try this ‘physical attacks’ only tactic in a battle. Read More

Red Dead 2 – What is Fun?

I’ve just saved another member of the gang and about to rob a train with John Marston. I have to believe I’m somewhere near the end of chapter two and I’m stuck trying to figure out a simple question. How do you define fun? Red Dead, for all its Westworld like qualities, isn’t that fun. I spent most my time on my horse traveling from location to location and combat is just terrible. There was a moment when members of the O’Driscle gang ambushed and turned a simple mission to sale a horse I just caught into the scene from The Godfather. And this isn’t the first time I’ve been ambushed. It seems like every time an ambush happens it’s an automatic death sentence. You can try to run, but they’ll just chase you, and if you decide to fight back, you’ll only get killed. The mechanics in this game just don’t cut it.

And yet here I am still playing the damn game. Why? Because on some level it’s entertaining. The world itself is the draw and the interactions between characters. It’s a world that asks you to explore only to find itself crippled when you actually want to do something. But let’s get back to the question at hand. How does one define fun? This weekend I played Mark Of The Ninja, and I enjoyed it. The game was fun. It was fun in the way old school video games where fun, but Red Dead. I don’t know. So the question is how do we define what makes a game a “good game?” Because what this is teaching me is that I must better define the metrics by which I discuss the games I play and the recommendations I give to those around me.

Anime For Beginners Part Two

This is a two-part series and a quick guide into anime.  For part one click here

Okay so you read the first post, watched one of the shows and now you want more. Cool, let’s start talking series you should at least know about and move from there.

Where to Watch Anime

If you read part 1, you probably noticed that anime is pretty much on every streaming platform. However, not all platforms are equal. Some will have a better selection than others, so choosing what platform to subscribe to really depends on how much anime you plan on watching. Below are a few of the streaming platforms that I recommend. Read More