I promised myself that following my last blog about Halo way back in August, my next blog wouldn't be about Halo, so here's another blog about Halo. It's no secret that Halo as a whole is in a pretty sorry state. Between divisive recent entries, a poorly received TV show, and seemingly constant studio turmoil, … Continue reading What Could A Halo “Universe” of Games Look Like?
343 Steps in the Wrong Direction: The State of Halo
SPOILER WARNING: This post contains major plot spoilers for Halo 3, 4, 5, the TV show, and Infinite. It's September 2007. You're watching the countdown until your very first match of Halo 3. You're about to experience countless games of Slayer and CTF on High Ground, Guardian, Valhalla, and a slew of other maps, and … Continue reading 343 Steps in the Wrong Direction: The State of Halo
Welcome to Last Bastion Gaming
So, it's been a little while. This for-fun side project of ours, formerly known as Pixel Pricks, has sat as empty as the Anthem servers for over a year now, and it's time to change that. Kevin and I have always loved talking about video games, and this is the perfect place to do it. … Continue reading Welcome to Last Bastion Gaming
Twenty Years Later: What Makes Final Fantasy X So Great
Two decades ago, the PlayStation 2 game library got one of its best additions. Final Fantasy X was the first game in the series on Sony's second console, and promised cutting-edge graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, fully-voiced dialogue, and an unforgettable story. Looking back on it, it hit all of those marks by 2001 standards. Now, … Continue reading Twenty Years Later: What Makes Final Fantasy X So Great
E3 2021: Predictions and Hopes
Any video game enthusiast probably knows that E3 starts soon. Really soon. Tomorrow soon. It's a huge gaming event every year in which developers show off their upcoming stuff and players set their expectations way too high and leave with a bit of excitement but ultimately, disappointment. Nevertheless, it's a big event. I wish I … Continue reading E3 2021: Predictions and Hopes
15 Gaming Tracks to Help You Relax
We play video games to enjoy an experience. That experience is a challenge, a brainteaser, a journey... the list goes on. Almost all of those experiences share a commonality, a thing that enhances the experience for the player—music. When you recall a game, there is probably music tied to whatever memory that is. I can … Continue reading 15 Gaming Tracks to Help You Relax
What Makes a Good Achievement?
Few things have changed the landscape of gaming quite as significantly as achievements. Pushed into the mainstream beginning with the Xbox 360, the concept has been adopted by pretty much every major publisher and platform (except for those stubborn blokes at Nintendo). They add replay value to games by challenging the player to complete various … Continue reading What Makes a Good Achievement?
The 10 Best Gaming Easter Eggs
Video games are pretty cool, right? They offer a way to experience epic stories, fun challenges, gorgeous visuals, and plenty more. When you look at a game, you know—or at least have a pretty good idea of—what kind of game it's going to be. The theme. The mood. The art style. You get the picture. … Continue reading The 10 Best Gaming Easter Eggs
Quality of Life: Improvements That Should Be Mainstays
Look, I'm all for artistic freedom when it comes to game development. I roll my eyes into oblivion every time From Software releases a game and the whiners at Kotaku publish seventy three posts about how there needs to be an "easy" mode. When Polygon comes to the rescue of black gamers everywhere by calling … Continue reading Quality of Life: Improvements That Should Be Mainstays
E3 2019: One Excited Prick
E3 is almost upon us, my friends! It's the time of year when we more or less spend a few days finding out which leaks were legit and which ones were fake. That doesn't mean the event is any less exciting, though. I'm still making my pants tight thinking about the games that I know … Continue reading E3 2019: One Excited Prick