Friday, January 11, 2019

Year in Review and Best of 2018 Part 3 - TV

For the final part of my look back at 2018 I'm going to spotlight my top five TV series of the year. I haven't watched a wide enough variety this year to write a more extensive tier list, so feel free to recommend some of your favorites to me!

This list is presented in alphabetical order. Every show here is focused heavily on memory, whether it's an absence of memory, a repression, or an examination.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Year in Review and Best of 2018 Part 2 - Movies

While I wasn't able to get out to theaters nearly as much this year, I did see a decent number of great new releases at home and only managed to see a single one that I didn't like. An overall strong year for movies and there's still a lot I want to see!

I always like to try to find a common thread between the films that really resonate with me: All of my top five this year involve struggling with identity or taking on a new one, a subject that applies to several other films I enjoyed this year as well. Interpret as you will.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Year in Review and Best of 2018 Part 1 - Games

I'm starting 2018's Year in Review with a look back at all of the new games I've played. There were some big ones that I missed and hope to check out early in the new year, but much of my gaming time this year was devoted to replaying and testing my own game over and over and over again: Kaiju Big Battel: Fighto Fantasy is finally here! I plan on writing a big commentary on the game in the future (and maybe implementing a running text commentary inside the game itself) but for now I'm relieved that this three-year project is finished. I can't say whether I'll release anything new this year, but either way my next project will be something much smaller!

I'd love to hear what people thought of the Kaiju game. Reviews are, so far, positive but few. I did very little writing this year myself outside of work, so I'm hoping this series helps me get back into the habit!

As for everyone else's games: I didn't play anything this year that I truly disliked (I stopped downloading every game that showed up free on PS+), though there were some well-made games that just didn't resonate with me as much as I'd hoped. Let's start with the best ones!

All titles are listed in alphabetical order in each tier category and the system on which I played is listed after the title. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Kaiju Big Battel: Fighto Fantasy is now available on Steam! In the coming weeks we'll be working on a limited physical release followed by an Android port. Thank you for your support these last three years!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Living in the Past

20 years ago I moved on from drawing goofy comics about fish guys and started making games. The project that would become Walthros was my very first one and it's still available free for anyone who wants to see some genuine awkward high school storytelling

Friday, June 22, 2018

Hollow Knight (2018, Switch) - Bugging Out

Team Cherry's take on the Metroid/Castlevania formula is a stylish blend of cute, gross, and bizarre, taking players into a writhing world of bug-people, some lovable, some revolting. Its writing style, a few of its mechanics, and a fixation on telling a story through hidden lore rather than traditional narrative shows clear inspiration from the Dark Souls series, but Hollow Knight's blend of platforming and tough-but-fair boss fights is different enough to carve out its own space. Hollow Knight succeeds in many areas where 2016's similarly built Salt & Sanctuary left me disappointed, but I'm still left wanting something a bit different.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Year in Review and Best of 2017 Part 3 - Music

Time to talk music! If you missed them, check out my previous Year in Review articles for movies and games. As with last year's music piece, this is more of a bonus article. I lack the language to write in depth about music and my scope is limited to around a dozen albums a year. I'd love to get album recommendations so I can check out great stuff I missed! Each album has links to my favorite tracks when available.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Year in Review and Best of 2017 Part 2 - Games

The Year in Review continues as I look at all of the games I played in 2017. I'm honestly surprised I got through this many lengthy titles, but having a newborn sleeping on top of me for weeks certainly helped with that.

This year really belongs to Nintendo. The Switch has been a massive comeback after the Wii U performed so poorly and this year saw new, phenomenally good Mario and Zelda titles as well as touched-up ports like Mario Kart 8. I've heard nothing but good things about Splatoon 2 and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and I've been curious about ARMS, but I haven't been able to check them out yet.

I only managed to play a single game that I thought was awful, and even then, it was charmingly terrible rather than irredeemable. Some titles I was less warm on than average players (looking at you, Sonic Mania), but even then I didn't think they were bad games, just titles that didn't fully click with me.

It was tough picking a top five! The line between some of my Top Tier choices and Excellent choices is very thin this year. It's been an all around excellent year for video games, one of the best in recent memory. Let's see what we've got!

All titles are listed in alphabetical order in each tier category and the system on which I played is listed after the title.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Year in Review and Best of 2017 Part 1 - Movies

2017 was one for the ages. News cycles became dominated by political stories that would have been deemed too stupid or unlikely to use in fiction. Warner Bros replaced parts of Henry Cavill's face with bad CGI. Nintendo had a surprising comeback with the Switch, rising from the remains of the sadly unloved Wii U.

Most importantly for my family was the birth of my daughter in early January. Being a new parent has been a surreal, wonderful, terrifying experience. Back in March, my wife wrote an essay on David Lynch's Eraserhead and the connection to it that we felt as new parents. Be sure to check it out!

On game development, work on Kaiju Big Battel: Fighto Fantasy continues, inching closer and closer to release. There's a playable demo out now! For more on that, check out my write up here.

Surprisingly, I still managed to check out a whole lot of new movies this year, though more of them were watched at home than in theaters. Here's a look at them, divided into tiered lists and sorted alphabetically. As usual, this is an evolving document which I'll be updating as I see the final movies I missed out on. Let's talk movies!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Onward to 2018!

It's been a long time since I've wobbled over here! As 2017 comes to a close, I've begun writing my Year in Review articles for games, movies, and music. Between being a new dad, my day job, work on Fighto Fantasy, and playing through the best year of video games in ages, there hasn't been a lot of time for writing, but I hope to change that in the coming year! Be sure to read my summary of this year in Kaiju Big Battel: Fighto Fantasy here -