Reviews & features

or, a (mostly) complete archive of my site.

Reviews

Video/PC game reviews

The 7th Guest
Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia
Atelier Rorona Plus
Bevel’s Painting
Blank Dream
Chip’s Challenge
Civilization II
Contact
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 1 Complete
Doki Doki Literature Club!
Dreaming Sarah
Freedom Planet
Freelancer
Grand Theft Auto
Grandia II
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Knuckles Chaotix
Momodora II
Nekopara Complete Edition
OneShot
Our World Is Ended.
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
Persona 3 Portable
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Persona 4 Golden
Persona 5
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
Prince of Persia
Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt
Reigns
Riven
Saya no Uta
Senran Kagura Estival Versus
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei IV
SimCity 2000
SimCopter
SimTower
Skies of Arcadia
SkiFree
Sonic CD
Strange Telephone
Takeshi’s Challenge
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
VA-11 HALL-A
Windows Entertainment Pack (123)
Yume Nikki

Music reviews

Burn My Dread: -Reincarnation: Persona 3-
Cowboy Bebop (all four main OSTs)
Flame ~Homura~ Ar tonelico II Hymmnos Concert Side Crimson and Waterway ~Mio~ Ar tonelico II Hymmnos Concert Side Blue
Katamari Fortissimo Damacy
NieR:Automata Original Soundtrack
Moe Moe EP by Moe Shop
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Original Soundtrack and Maniacs Extra Soundtrack
Sonic the Hedgehog: Passion & Pride: Anthems With Attitude from the Sonic Adventure Era
Touhou Explosive Jazz 6 by Tokyo Active NEETs

Misc.

After Dark
Encarta 97

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Essays & commentaries

The following are posts I’ve written and continue to write that don’t fit neatly into the review category.  Some of them are more long-form analyses of games, anime, or other media.  Some are pieces on hot issues some parts of the entertainment industry and its fans are or were facing at the time I wrote them, usually after I was drinking way too much of a particular substance and getting angry/depressed about it.  Some are probably pretty stupid, especially the older ones, but I’m posting them all here anyway, listed in descending chronological order.

On anime, games, and obscenity
On reviews, scores, and objectivity vs. subjectivity
On physical copies, bonuses, and Google’s Stadia
Avoiding the Poochie Effect, or why I’m slightly nervous about Persona 5 Royal
Why write?
Politics, video games, and “nerd culture”
The myth of the entitled gamer
Why I’m not excited about the Final Fantasy VII remake
What kinds of mushrooms are Mario and Luigi eating? 
Amazon thinks I’m a pervert
How to misuse your ellipses and infuriate your readers
Pennoyer v. Neff v. Mitchell v. me

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Very old stuff

aka the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else and doesn’t represent the kind of work I do anymore.  Not that I’m ashamed of it or anything.  It’s still worth reading, especially the SimCity 2000 project.  Speaking of which:

Unfinished SimCity 2000 Project

At the beginning of 2017, I started playing a game of SimCity 2000, one of my childhood favorites, on hard mode with the worst geographical settings possible. The result is below: part screenshot Let’s Play, part tutorial, part political drama. Just like Nikolai Gogol’s great novel Dead Souls, it remains forever unfinished, but it’s still worth reading. (Yes, I am comparing myself with one of the world’s greatest authors.)

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VIIPart VIIIPart IXPart XPart XIPart XIIPart XIIIPart XIVPart XV

Anime reviews: anime for people who hate anime

Here are some pieces I wrote a long time ago about anime your normie friends might enjoy.  I don’t know why I decided Humanity Has Declined sits in that category, because it clearly does not belong there.  These were also written at a time when I was still a bit (or a lot?) ashamed about being a weeb, which I could not give less of a flying fuck about now.  So if the tone in these posts seems different than in my current writing, that might be why.

Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji
Humanity Has Declined
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Mahjong Legend Akagi: The Genius Who Descended into the Darkness
Planetes
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