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It's Cool Having a Bunch of Downloadable Demos Available on the Switch It's Cool Having a Bunch of Downloadable Demos Available on the Switch

The Nintendo Switch, for numerous reasons, has been a nice fixture in my life for the year that I have had it thus far. As recently as a couple of days ago, I just stumbled upon yet another cool thing about it: All the demos!

Jump Force Made Its E3 2018 Premiere in the Most Surreal Manner Possible Jump Force Made Its E3 2018 Premiere in the Most Surreal Manner Possible

Anime in America, for the last several decades, has been playing the long game, slowly but surely crawling closer to the mainstream. As someone who was a fan back when it was still significantly more niche by orders of magnitude, this has been gratifying, yet also weird. Jump Force has brought those sentiments on…

The Lengths I Took to Get Rock Band 3 as a Birthday Present The Lengths I Took to Get Rock Band 3 as a Birthday Present

Early March, 2011. I’m a college junior in the midst of spring semester at Stockton College in southern New Jersey. My girlfriend’s birthday is coming up very soon, and I’ve finally decided on a good present: Rock Band 3, bundled with the brand-new keyboard controller. It’ll be perfect! But getting it doesn’t promise…

Catching Summer Vibes from Synthesizers Catching Summer Vibes from Synthesizers

So! Have I mentioned that I’m going to be seeing CHVRCHES live very soon?? Well, I am, and that has me very excited! Part of the anticipation, as is par for the concert course, is wondering what they’re going to play, and hoping that certain songs make the cut. Here is one of my biggest dream choices.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruelly Banished a Worthy Addition to the Roster to the Assist Trophy Ghetto Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruelly Banished a Worthy Addition to the Roster to the Assist Trophy Ghetto

Super Smash Bros. fans had been waiting for a while for news about the upcoming Switch version, and during today’s E3 2018 Nintendo Direct, we got our fill of it, and then some. Within all that excitement, however, was one item of most unwelcome nature: Someone unjustly fated to suffer in the ironic hell of the Smash…

Ubisoft Committed Much Music in Their Press Conference, and I'm HERE FOR IT Ubisoft Committed Much Music in Their Press Conference, and I'm HERE FOR IT

If everyone is eventually going to serve up some fresh hot takes about “Who won E3 2018?” then I’d like to at least offer up a humble suggestion for a factor to consider: Who used music the best?

CHVRCHES Could Work Some Cover Magic on the Arctic Monkeys CHVRCHES Could Work Some Cover Magic on the Arctic Monkeys

Song covers can be pretty fun! When artists work to put their own spin on music that they did not originally make, it’s bound to occasionally come up with some interesting, maybe even revelatory, results. For example, how about an alt synth-pop trio doing a rendition of a punk-turned-groove-rock band’s material?

I Was My Brother's Bearer of Good News About the Upcoming Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster I Was My Brother's Bearer of Good News About the Upcoming Spyro the Dragon Trilogy Remaster

Sometimes I forget that not everyone constantly keeps up with the news, announcements, and discussions about video games the way I do. This makes me sort of an outlier in the wider multitude of video game fans. A few weeks ago, something nice happened that served as a clear reminder of these things.

Reminder: The Star Wars Movies No Longer Have Novelty on Their Side Reminder: The Star Wars Movies No Longer Have Novelty on Their Side

It would appear that much ado is being made, and tea leaves getting read, about Solo: A Star Wars Story’s apparently middling movie theater performance so far. With all this going on, I think there is one potentially crucial factor to this enterprise that bears bringing to the forefront.

The Ode (and Gallery) to How Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Sometimes Gets Super Goofy The Ode (and Gallery) to How Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Sometimes Gets Super Goofy

The mainline Sword Art Online is not especially known for its comedy. It constantly takes itself pretty seriously, in fact. Most stupidly named spinoff ever Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, on the other hand, is occasionally...not that.

One of the Best Drum Charts in the Rock Band Series One of the Best Drum Charts in the Rock Band Series

The best songs are not always the ones that show off the greatest technical skills with their instruments. By a similar token, the best moments in games are not automatically correlated with how challenging they are. Plastic instrument rhythm games—Rock Band especially—demonstrate the intersection of both points.

A Few User Experience Gripes with GoNNER's Switch Version A Few User Experience Gripes with GoNNER's Switch Version

Creepy-cute roguelite platformer shooter GoNNER had been on my radar since coming out two years ago, but it was only last year, with its release on the Switch, that I finally got it. It’s a fun game! As a piece of Switch software, though, there are some things it might stand to do better.

Wetrix, or Vaporwave/r/Surreal Memes: The N64 Puzzle Game Wetrix, or Vaporwave/r/Surreal Memes: The N64 Puzzle Game

Originally, I was aiming to write some kind of recollection about Wetrix, which was practically THE puzzle game of choice for little 90's bean Justin. Looking back with 27-year-old eyes, however, is serving as a reminder that gaming during the first generation of true 3D sometimes got really weird.

One of the Best Guitar Charts in the Rock Band Series One of the Best Guitar Charts in the Rock Band Series

The best songs are not always the ones that show off the greatest technical skills with their instruments. By a similar token, the best moments in games are not automatically correlated with how challenging they are. Plastic instrument rhythm games—Rock Band especially—demonstrate the intersection of both points.

The Life and Etymology of an Online Username The Life and Etymology of an Online Username

It is my belief that the usernames we all choose when traversing and interacting with the Internet—no matter how seemingly plain or absurd they are—betray important parts of who we are and what has shaped us. At the very least, that’s how it is for the series of nine alphanumeric characters, “RedStripe118,” that has…

Reflecting on Running My First-Ever Panel at a Convention Reflecting on Running My First-Ever Panel at a Convention

For years, I’ve seriously desired hosting a panel at an anime or video game convention. Sheer nervousness, impostor’s syndrome, and the feeling that I never had a good enough hook worth pursuing, however, always kept me hesitant. I finally broke the spell last weekend, at the Castle Point Anime Convention.

Attending the Panels of Castle Point Anime Convention 2018 Attending the Panels of Castle Point Anime Convention 2018

Two weekends ago, on Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20, my girlfriend and I attended the Stevens Institute of Technology Anime Club-run (though not Stevens campus hosted, starting just this year) Castle Point Anime Convention. We had a great time!

Bask in the Absurdity of the Official Musical Tribute to Scorpion Bask in the Absurdity of the Official Musical Tribute to Scorpion

Mortal Kombat’s most well-known—nay, iconic—musical export is “Techno Syndrome” from The Immortals, so ubiquitous as to be universally considered the series’ theme song. But along with its release, there was more. So much more.

A Jazz 'n Hip Hop Hybrid That Grooved, Courtesy of...Street Fighter?? A Jazz 'n Hip Hop Hybrid That Grooved, Courtesy of...Street Fighter??

I’m getting the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection tomorrow, and I am uber-excited! The opportunity to play at least three great fighting games from yesteryear—especially 3rd Strike, which I’ve only ever played in the arcade for brief moments—on current-gen platforms...and have the chance to do while…

TAY: Open Forum - All According to Convention TAY: Open Forum - All According to Convention

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