Persona 5: The Animation is Perfect for Persona 5 Fans (and Maybe Others)

Persona 5: The Animation is Perfect for Persona 5 Fans (and Maybe Others)

Y’all might have noticed by now that I tend to get obsessed with things. My latest love (don’t get me wrong, I’m still all-in for being Mystic Messenger trash) is Persona 5, which I will one day argue is one of the greatest YA games to have ever been created. So let’s just say when I finally got around to watching Persona 5: The Animation, I was slain. (more…)

Mystic Messenger Trash: What’s Trash is the Secret Endings

Mystic Messenger Trash: What’s Trash is the Secret Endings

Welcome back to Mystic Messenger Trash, a game diary in which I chronicle playing Mystic Messenger for the first time. The following contains spoilers of Secret Endings 1 and 2. Content note for physical and emotional abuse.

Since I’m covering two endings here, I decided to break this piece up into sections for your reading convenience. (more…)

Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

Picture this: It’s around the holiday season in the late ‘90s. Toys “R” Us is still alive and kicking, and they have a separate section for video games. A young nonbinary kid sees a hardcover plastic CD jewel case with a purple dragon on the cover. There are three games in the case, and it’s on sale. (more…)

Mystic Messenger Trash: Storytelling Choices in Seven’s Route

Mystic Messenger Trash: Storytelling Choices in Seven’s Route

Welcome back to Mystic Messenger Trash, a game diary in which I chronicle playing Mystic Messenger for the first time. (Did you miss me?) The following contains spoilers of Seven’s route, Good Ending, and After Ending. Although there will be some discussion of Secret Endings 1 and 2 as it relates to Seven’s character—it’s very difficult to talk about Seven’s story without at least some reference to them—there will be a piece covering those endings. Content note for physical and emotional abuse.

Buckle up, because this summary is a long one. Seven’s route begins as he’s trying to balance keeping you, the player, safe from whoever is trying to hack into the RFA. You learn that he is, indeed, a secret agent, and his colleague Vanderwood, acting as his maid, watches over him. (Side note: Up until now and even through Seven’s route, Seven uses female pronouns for Vanderwood, but he’s actually a man. Why… did they misgender him? Is having a male maid so weird? On another note, why is Vanderwood cleaning up after Seven at all??) But Seven can’t focus because he’s never had a crush before, and soon finds himself coming to Rika’s apartment to protect you in person. This pisses off both Vanderwood and their spy agency, causing them to plan their retaliation to get rid of Seven. (more…)

January Roundtable: New Year’s “Resolutions”

January Roundtable: New Year’s “Resolutions”

Let’s talk about endings!

“But Melissa,” you say, “it’s January! Surely we should be talking about beginnings.”

Nola gave us some delightful wordplay with “resolutions,” and now we’re different than everybody else! So let’s talk about endings. (more…)