Dragon Quest XI is probably one of the best games to come out this generation that I’ve played, which is no mean feat; the past two or three years have been pretty good to me, gaming-wise, with a lot of stuff I like just falling off the shelves. I say probably because DQXI is a… Read More A Lot of Words About Dragon Quest XI
Phantasy Star IV is the platonic ideal of the JRPG. Dragon Quest may have laid the foundations for the genre, and a lot of Final Fantasy entries have certainly pushed it further, but PSIV is the one I’d point to if someone wanted a sample of what it was all about. It’s got satisfyingly crunchy… Read More Phantasy Star IV and Ultimate Explanations
I’ve recently gotten around to playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You know, the one everybody’s been frothing at the mouth over. And it’s indeed a great game, perhaps my new favourite in the series (even if it isn’t exactly the flawless diamond that a lot of people seem to think it… Read More Storytelling and Myth in Breath of the Wild
In lieu of writing something, I thought I’d share some of my fan art. I actually find fan art to be one of the trickier things to do—reverse-engineering someone else’s character takes you outside of your own habits and comfort zone. But for that reason it can also be very instructive. Unfortunately, no real thematic… Read More Josh’s Fan Art Gallery
I’ve been slowly working my way through Okami, another one of those older games that I heard a lot about but never got around to playing. Set in a vague, “once upon a time” point in Japan’s past, you play as the wolf goddess Ameratsu, who a century prior had helped defeat the serpent demon… Read More Okami and the Christian Artist
I think I have a new favourite game, and it’s one that everyone already played over a decade ago. I’m talking, of course, of Cave Story, one of the first really big indie gaming smash hits. It’s a game often talked about in these glowing, reverent tones as being one of those unassailable masterpieces that… Read More Studio Pixel’s Games
The anime which has been most on my mind lately is The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Which I find to be a tad unfortunate, as it has already gotten a rather thorough work-out on this site. So I want to step back a little bit and consider fantasy and fairy tales more generally – for part… Read More What Is Fantasy?