Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

Building and Embracing Creativity with Genshin Impact’s Serenitea Pot

I’m sure you’ve heard of the many comparisons made to HoYoverse’s best-selling game, Genshin Impact. From comparisons to Breath of the Wild for its exploration, Cooking Mama for cooking, or Bomberman, Pacman or Tetris for the limited minigame events—the list goes on. But regardless of its similarities to other games, Genshin Impact is more than just a regular gacha game for the masses. Within the main game, there’s the Serenitea Pot, a system that allows players to create and build outside of the gameplay mechanics and story-driven narrative. (more…)

In Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, We’re Saving Everyone!

In Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, We’re Saving Everyone!

In the final battle of Final Fantasy VII: Remake we defeat Sephiroth and cast aside the shadows that swirl around. We’re standing in a familiar place: the edge of Midgar. Looking out on the horizon, you’re presented with a terrifying and hopeful world. For players returning to this place from the original Final Fantasy VII, the developers have managed to revive that feeling of grandeur because now, you may be able to change this story… (more…)

My Tomodachi Life Is Full of Ghosts

My Tomodachi Life Is Full of Ghosts

Since its release in 2013, I’ve sunk more hours into Tomodachi Life than I have any other game. Perhaps this doesn’t communicate to you the scope of my commitment: I’ve played Skyrim for over a hundred hours, Animal Crossing for double that, and I regularly sink at least fifty hours into other titles I’m interested in. Few, if any, have ever held me as long as Tomodachi Life. I’m still playing this game because I feel like the more I play it, the less I can let go of it, and for one very simple reason: my Tomodachi Life is full of ghosts. (more…)

Evergrace, A Forgotten FromSoft Classic

Evergrace, A Forgotten FromSoft Classic

I experienced a strange moment of déjà vu when I first set foot on the Altus Plateau in Elden Ring, the breakaway hit game of 2022. There was something about the way the golden leaves of the trees swayed in the breeze that stirred my memory. I had definitely seen this place before. I had walked through these abandoned ruins. I had gotten lost on these plains, and I had died under these golden leaves. In fact, I had died kind of a lot.

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Nintendo, Zelda, and Me: Finding Refuge in Video Games

Nintendo, Zelda, and Me: Finding Refuge in Video Games

My mom used to read picture books to me, like Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. The whimsical stories transported me to places where fun and magic were as abundant as air. Through her retellings, snuggled in my Minnie Mouse comforter, these worlds influenced my dreams. I looked forward to our nightly adventures to Where the Sidewalk Ends or to see The Lorax. It was the last time I felt safe in my mother’s arms. I longed to find that space of comfort and safety again—eventually, I was able to find that same sense of enchantment and refuge in video games. (more…)

Pokémon Stadium Without Transfers Is Worthless

Pokémon Stadium Without Transfers Is Worthless

If Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are an example of too much corporate meddling to make Pokémon games as good as we know they can be, then Pokémon Stadium‘s re-release for Nintendo Switch Online shows the absence of oversight to stop an incomplete release. (more…)