[Videogame Review] Else Heart.Break() (Steam)

The premise is clear within thirty seconds of the trailer for Else Heart.Break(): you’re gonna program some cool stuff! Subtly learning basic programming while modifying a future retro game world? Groovy! Within seven hours of gameplay, however, the execution failed to deliver even a hint of premise, which is unfortunate because with some modification this could have been a great edutainment videogame. This was most “programming” I was able to do:

Are you sure? y/n what?
OK, can’t blame you.
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[Event Overview] Double Fine’s Booth (PAX, 2016)

I became distracted shortly after writing my concert and lecture reviews of videogame expo PAX in September. While eventually writing a preview for 2064: Read Only Memories, which may drop later on this month, the rest still lingers in my “get around to it” backlog. With animation expo Sakura-Con coming up in April, if I conclude any thoughts and templates now, I can be more timely with these features. Why not start with the highlight?

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[The Story] Shall… We Update?

I realized two things since my last update on The Story. I need to be writing as much as I possibly can and I don’t have a formal sell for “what it’s all about.” Maybe it’s a massive oversight that I only just started to dig into “the why” of why it’s an important story to tell. There are so many stories out there. So what? Why bother throwing effort into this idea, rather than say try to build my career or live comfortably?

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[Grime/Glitter] Introducing New Section

Entertaining opinions outside your own helps reinforce your opinions. Fully understand what is being argued, rather than ignore or lash out against challenging ideas. While regurgitating thoughts is easy, it’s not as rewarding as speaking your subjectivity. Let’s talk about the value of constructive “offensive” opinions as the introduction to this new not-quite Rants and Raves section, starting with: I like Nirvana more than any other band.

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[Series Review] Izetta: The Last Witch (2016)

Izetta: The Last Witch asks what might have happened during World War II if a witch with supernatural abilities were to suddenly appear in a country nearly annihilated by larger forces? This underdog alternate reality story piqued my interest, and though there are some major missteps, are those droppings enough to dissuade your time with the show?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
(Spoilers obscured.) “War reporting” inspired episode synopses:
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[Series Review] Keijo!!!!!!!! (2016)

Keijo!!!!!!!! parodies the most absurd ideas from martial arts (Dragon Ball Z) and other series (Ren and Stimpy) to invent a logically impossible new sport. Keijo is a more titillating version of wrestling, featuring pretty women competing in seductive swimsuits, and almost acts as the counterbalance to the ice skating series Yuri!!! on Ice, featuring handsome men competing in seductive clothing. Does Keijo!!!!!!!! exceed potentially being irredeemably exploitative or even misogynist to deliver a compelling Exploitation-styled premise?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Episode Spoiler Synopses:
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[The Story] Grime and Glitter

Maybe I won’t write weekly about The Story. (My ambitious project that I’ve been planning since high school.) Occasional updates will keep me focused on engaging in material that will inform or help me practice writing material that may eventually contribute to The Story. I’ll outline the summary of the progress I’ve made since my last update after the quick photograph of the two Star Wars characters I’ll modify to reflect the characters John and Trish[n]a:

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[Concert Reviews] Favorite Concerts of 2016

I didn’t see as many concerts in 2016 as I did in previous years. Maybe career development, working on this site, and an oversaturation of lukewarm concerts in 2015 dissuaded me? I did see some memorable performances in 2016, intend to attend new venues, and especially want to get outside my concert comfort zone in 2017.

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[Album Reviews] 2016 Albums as I Heard Them

Since 2008, I’ve participated in a game of hearing as many albums released in that year as possible, and I’ve incorporated my own stipulations: no greatest hits albums with an unreleased song, no archival releases by posthumous musicians, and re-releases of albums officially released in another year don’t count. The complete list of the 104 albums I heard is over at my RateYourMusic account.

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