It's October!! Hopefully everybody is hyped for some pumpkin flavored everything for the next month. There's a lot that happened this past week, so lets just get right to it.
Song of the Deep
Still playing more of this game and really enjoying it. It's definitely not perfect and maybe a tad too long, but I really dig this tiny undersea world that it's created and I love how well designed it is. I'll have more thoughts on it once I finish it up, but it's safe to say I like it more as I get deeper into it.
Yo, this game is super weird and unlike anything else I've played. I've already written up a review for it, expect to see that post either today or tomorrow, but basically it's a non-sensical, non-linear, artsy game and I kinda really like it, and also kinda hate it. Virginia is a game I have a lot of problems with and I think its decision to have no dialogue at all allowed it to both have creative and clever narrative techniques and also suffer from a lack of clearness and emotional power. Muddled, high-minded, and overly ambitious, Virginia as a game is ultimately just ok, but as a feeling, it succeeds wonderfully.
Also I finally(!) finished up the fourth season of the Sopranos, spoilers it's a masterpiece of minimalist and human drama. I wrote up my review of it and that published earlier this week, you should read it, because this show is seriously something special guys.
I Love Your Work Shoutouts
So, I actually have a ton of different shoutouts to give this week. Turns out a lot of really cool people did a lot of really great work. First thing first let's get my quick shoutout to myself out of the way. I had a new piece for Irrational Passions get published this past Friday. Super nostalgic, looking back on bad PS2 games, and with a heavy focus on childhood friendships and how much we've grown, it's something I am really proud of and I would be thrilled if you would give it a read.
Now, onto other peoples work. First off Trevor Starkey is doing something special with Trove Talk. I can not begin to tell you how much I love the format of this show. From charting the gaming history of the guest, to discussing their favorite games, to a non-games related segment, something I particularly love, this show is a ray of something different and unique in a crowed games discussion ocean. If you aren't watching it, you should be, it's that simple.
Not to be outdone, Barrett Courtney's newest episode of the B List premiered this weekend and its incredible. I am blown away by the level of detail and insight Barrett has put into this show and this new episode, covering The Dark Knight Rises, is something to behold. Rises is certainly not the best Dark Knight film, but as Barrett brilliantly captures, it may have one of the most important messages. Stop whatever your doing and watch the twenty minute video, you won't be let down.
Ultimately, these past few days have been a welcome reminder of the fantastic work being done out there by some of my peers, and that's without even mentioning the premiere of the new season of Alex Talks, which is of course brilliant and serves as a wonderful testament to all who are trying to break into the industry. The internet may have some rotten apples in it, but this past week showed that there are more then a few talented sons of guns out there doing great work.
That's all I've got for now. Have a great Sunday everyone.