Destiny 2: The Price of Fame

The crossover.  It happens with all your favorite artists.  When they’re first starting out, their music seems pure.  It’s a mixture of raw talent and ambition and it’s what we come to know the artist for–But at some point, they reach a level of popularity and success and their music begins to change.  It feels more mainstream and the characteristics of the music you once knew are no longer there.  Sure, they still make music that you like, but it’s not like when they were first starting out; when they were hungry.  The transition from unknown to known is gradual, but it always ends up the same way.  The artist must now make music for the masses.  While they attempt to please their hardcore audience they must make concessions, lest they risk their shot in the limelight.  This is what happened with Destiny 2, and it’s the reason why I have to stop playing. Destiny 2: The Price of Fame

And Then There Was One…

I’ve always been a multi-console owner. Even back during the Genesis and SNES days, I was one of those blessed souls who were able to have the best of both worlds. But as I look at the Black Friday sale for PSN I have to wonder if owning both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 even makes sense anymore.

There was a time when you needed multiple consoles because certain games were console exclusives, but as I look at the list of games, I want to play there’s nothing that warrants both consoles. If I thought about it, I really could just sell the Xbox One and just ride into the sunset with my PS4 and Nintendo Switch and probably wouldn’t miss a beat. The games that I planned on purchasing for the Xbox One were so that I could have something to play on them.  The same could be said for the PlayStation 4 when I’m gaming primarly on the Xbox One.

This year I’ve streamlined the amount of technology in the house. I only want to have the basics – the things I absolutely “need.“ The consoles are the only things that have dodged the purge. But, it’s getting to the point that has two systems is becoming an annoyance. Instead of them being two platform with unique experiences, they’ve become two black boxes that play the same damn games. I could sell the Xbox and purchase an Apple TV for streaming purposes and leave the PS4 connected to the monitor I have on my desk. Or I could see the PS4 and Xbox One and get a One X and call it a day. Of course, I could always keep both. With Black Friday sales days away I need to think of something quickly because this would be the best time to become one console house.

Let’s Talk Race and Racism In Games

I can remember the first time I watched Rosewood. It was a visual representation of what I read about in school. About the evil that one race of people can inflict on another. I remember finishing that movie and side-eying White people for about a week. I was young, but the truth was out, and I then knew what many people would try to forget. Racism, discussions of race and the way in which we treat those of color today share many of the similarities of the period in which Rosewood takes place. And while many forms of media attempt to depict the racial climate of America and our history, video games struggle with the idea that you can be entertaining and push boundaries. Let’s Talk Race and Racism In Games

What The Hell Is Going On With Final Fantasy?

Over the weekend I decided I wanted to finally begin playing Final Fantasy XV. It’s the game that “turns the series around” from the hell that was the XIII franchise and previously fumbled releases. According to the internet, (and who doesn’t listen to the internet), this open world adventure is one that shouldn’t be missed…so I bought into the hype. I watched that god awful Kingsglaive movie and the surprisingly entertaining anime short. I even played the platinum demo. All to prep me for actually playing the game. What The Hell Is Going On With Final Fantasy?