If I were to summarize the 2020 albums as I heard them, as I did in 2018, even though everything went to shit, at least we got some good music in many genres. The year started off like any other, with my earlier meandry reviews implying a mindset of getting out in life more to random concerts and such, but after COVID closed concerts and my health problems, well, at least I heard 193 good albums released in 2020.
Despite its generic name, Jack Move is closer to EarthBound than any other game I’ve played in recent years. Jack Move, currently in a closed PC beta scheduled for release in 2021 that I played during PAX 2020, takes place in gritty slums that our character, Noa, wanders through in order to complete the demo’s story objective. She wields a complex moveset of attacks, but underneath that is smooth gameplay, flashy graphics, and a promisingly well-written story.
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
Spoilers: none related to storyline
While writing Part 1 of my PAX 2020 coverage, I wondered: How many more of these essays will I write? I was excited about many games while wrote that essay, but when I continued for this essay… I wouldn’t say it was burn-out as much as playing one disappointing or mediocre demo after another. I think I played five or six demos that I almost instantly disliked? I covered the ones I had something positive to say…
I initially thought of bumping these PAX 2020 essays to earlier publication dates. PAX “Online” happened from September 12 to 20 and these essays will publish in early November. My reporting timing is insignificant since other than some PAX-only demos, all of the information will be archived online… I think? Despite valiant efforts by the PAX staff to recreate the expo feel, I feel that the production quality was lacking in ways that should be improved next year.
My original reason for watching Moyashimon was getting a better understanding of agriculture for an aspect of “The Story” I was researching. I stopped watching it partway through when I dropped that research. It always stuck around in my mind as a show I should complete. The first episode of season one is a good example of a well-crafted episode, so between that, and its approachable use of microbiology, I would say it’s …mostly worthwhile.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Spoilers: minor-specific, major-vague
What I always found most appealing about Goblin Slayer, and what I like about the movie, subtitled Goblin’s Crown, is how it deals with trauma. The world of Goblin Slayer is overly violent compared to most anime, and yet compared to the lives of some, it’s about as realistic as it gets. When Goblin Slayer slays goblins, he does so without any pleasure. To him, it’s a moralistic duty, however amoral it is or appears.
I don’t think all media should be “heavy,” nor do I think all heavy media should be heavy throughout its entirety. The Midnight Gospel might be considered a comedy if only because through its meandries through topics of philosophy and spirituality, there are occasional jokes, and I think that’s a bit of a misnomer, like calling EarthBound a comedy videogame just because it has some light-hearted elements. To me, “heaviness” is what’s valuable about media.
In my earliest memory, I’m sitting in my childhood backyard pondering, perhaps, Indra’s net? The sorts of interconnectednesses we have within all of humanity, where you and I are the same consciousness experiencing reality through simultaneous simulations, coalescing in an immediacy where you react to me based on the you-experience bias of the me-experience bias. The Midnight Gospel doesn’t shed significant light on my journey, however, once I find the destination, what would I do?
The ENDLESS WAR dream is over. I joined the Discord MUD in April 2020, shortly after the nearly three-hour lecture dropped, [if we’re not counting how I dropped in late into 2018 as a silent nobody], which was right as the “dream” replays of seasons 1 and 2 started. Now that we’re well into season 3, let’s reflect on the Fibonacci sequence of complexity in each season and how each end invites itself to a new beginning. Losing reveals finding.
I’ve listened to shy of 230 albums released in 2020 between January 01 and May 16. I listen to new albums primarily to hear new things but secondarily to find new favorites. Over these past few months, I’ve only found three albums that I would consider buying. All the rest I heard legally, through streaming platforms, so I’ve invested zero dollars into this project. I still wonder, though, why do I keep up this project, this Album Review Game?