Mar 5, 2018

Breath of the Wild 1 Year Later: Great Game, Average Legend of Zelda Title

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game. Metacritic rates the Nintendo Switch version 97/100, landing it in the aggregator's top 20 games of all time and behind only the 99/100 Ocarina of Time in the storied franchise.

It's a refined pinnacle of modern gaming. It has a massive open world full of depth and nuance for expert gamers. More casual gamers, or non-talented ones like myself, can appreciate its artistry while playing linearly or wandering around. It's not an RPG and yet is entirely immersive in its protagonist, story and world. It doesn't defy system limitations or push hardware (see the WiiU version), but uses everything in Nintendo's arsenal. It's a triple-A gaming done right.

Still, despite the accolades, it's nowhere close to being my favorite Legend of Zelda game. It's not science - the two categories are apples and oranges - but it's fun to consider the differences between critical and personal preference.

Feb 22, 2018

Why I'm A Video Game Collector But Not A Library Completionist

I recently listened to (and really enjoyed) Video Game Dads podcast episode 26. They revisited a facet of video games and collecting in general that I often ponder (when my mind wanders while at work); complete video game libraries. I love collecting video games, but completing a console library is something I don't think I can do.

Feb 21, 2018

Forbes Wonders If Video Games Should Cost More (& other geek news)

THIS WEEK IN GEEK NEWS... has been quiet, but I love digging through the headline scrap-heap for gems.

Forbes wonders if
video games should be more expensive,
to keep up with inflation, then quickly counters the idea with several valid points:
  • DLC, passes, microtransactions, etc. are already additional costs;
  • Digital distribution shrinks production cost and used market; and
  • Increased costs could shrink the market during an optimal time for expansion.
I have just one comment on this article. Forbes, how dare you risk giving EA ideas?!

Feb 20, 2018

ESPN Main Page Confirms LeBron James Better Than Actual News

LeBron James will hit free agency in the Summer of 2018 when he'll become the biggest free agent to hit the market since... himself back in 2014, or himself four years prior to that in 2010. There's a massive spread on's front page to remind you.

The new-look Cavaliers are 3-0 since their trade deadline purge. The fallout from the trade deadline is intriguing. The NBA All-Star game was as competitive as it's been in decades. Four teams have better records than the Cavs, including the defending champs who've been (almost) an afterthought. James' Cleveland squad is surging at the right time, and the 2018 NBA Playoffs should be the most exciting in years.

March Madness is right around the corner. We're closing in on what should be a crazy NFL free agency period. Baseball is nearly here. Fergie ruined the National Anthem on a massive stage. The Winter Olympics are happening! Right now! What an exciting time to be a sports fan!

But don't forget about the theoretical decision LeBron James will make this July.

Feb 19, 2018

Disney is Black Panther's Biggest Fan

Black Panther's launch is projected to break $400 million, and had the most successful opening of any Marvel movie not named "The Avengers." No one loves it more than Disney, who is happy to grow what is already the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The part of my brain that likes comedy wonders of which underrepresented group Hollywood will take advantage next. The part of my brain that likes movies is sincerely curious as to where Marvel/Disney will go next, because this movie is excellent for cinema in general.