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I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Console Life Cycles Don't End Just Because New Hardware Arrives
March 24, 2016

I was having a discussion about console cycles with someone on another site (why would I even go elsewhere?!), pointing out that the PS3 has had a very long cycle and it's a bit ridiculous to expect the PS4 to repeat that accomplishment. The fellow responded by dropping this gem on me:

And by life cycle, I'm referring to when PS3 came out to when PS4 came out. I don't give a crap about the 2-3 years of additional support after a new system is released.

I was horrified to find that real people feel that way. Think about all of the great games they might be missing. It got me to wondering what games people who hold a similar viewpoint might have missed over the years. I thought it would be fun to go back and point out some of them for a variety of the more popular systems.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Is Looking Good!
March 15, 2016

I realized something today: I'm actually looking forward to the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game! It's developed by Platinum, and it looks like ridiculous fun. Don't believe me? Watch the 7-minute video on IGN, which shows off the first stage, skill upgrades, and even a boss battle.

You can find the video right here.

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My Top 50 Favorite SNES Games (Early 2016 Edition)
March 05, 2016

A list of my favorite 50 games for a given platform will change often. By the time I finish typing this paragraph, it could change. And yet here I am, listing my top 50 SNES games (as a belated follow-up to my list of top 50 NES games that I posted last year.

Anyway, the list of my favorite 50 SNES titles currently looks like this:

01. Super Mario Kart
02. Final Fantasy III
03. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
04. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
05. SimCity
06. ActRaiser
07. Super Mario World
08. Super Off Road
09. Darius Twin
10. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
11. Mega Man X2
12. Uncharted Waters

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation (anime review)
February 23, 2016

I will magnanimously forgive you if you always assumed the Hyperdimension Neptunia video games were the result of a perverted man's hard work. After all, there's all that fan service, all of those posterior shots and cleavage close-ups! But no, the license came from the mind of a woman. It turns out you don't have to possess a penis to like boobs. Who knew?

Playing the games, things stay fairly PG-13. I figured--correctly, as it turned out--that the same would be true of the anime. Which I bought. And watched. And... sort of enjoyed. But only sort of, because frankly, there are much better entertainment options available.

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The Comic Artist & His Assistants (anime review)
February 12, 2016

Sentai Filmworks does a great job of making "The Comic Artist & His Assistants" sound like an over-the-top anime packed full of fan service and big laughs. And really, would that be so bad? There are audiences for that sort of thing.

Check out this description, which is presented in bold, colorful lettering on the back of the case: "The Term NSFW Was Invented... To Describe This Guy!"

There also are promises of "lechery" and "perversion," along with "a lack of respect for the feelings of others." These are all character traits that are attributed to Yuki Aito, a manga artist who produces a comic in a (fictional?) publication that sounds a bit like Shonen Jump.

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My 10 Favorite Video Games Released in 2015
January 03, 2016

Way back when, you probably had a good chance of playing every great game released during a calendar year. Back then, there were maybe 10 hot titles for any one system, and there were maybe three systems worth following. So if you had a fair bit of money and some time (less time, even, since a lot of those old games were quite short), you could stay on top of things.

2015 is different. There are dozens of new games released every week, and a lot of them are really big, time-consuming affairs. You have to take a smart approach. You have to decide to skip some games, maybe even potentially great ones, because there's just not enough time. You promise yourself you'll get back to them, but you know you're lying.

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Her Story spoiler discussion
December 30, 2015

I finally played through Her Story, and you can find my review right here. The short version is that I liked the game a lot.


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