My Top Ten Stories of All Time: 7-6

Moving down the list, we’ve got my 7th and 6th favorite stories of all time!  Displaying some of the most thematically powerful storytelling I’ve experienced in my life, we’ve got some stories that, in my mind, have very undeniable quality, yet aren’t quite the things that have touched me on a personal level.  They’re wonderful stories, that I’ve loved to analyze and enjoy, and as such, have distinguished themselves as a cut above the rest.

And well, here they are.

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Reading Between Gaming Reviews: Iji

Remember when Undertale came out, and the existence of Pacifist, Genocide, and Neutral routes blew EVERYONE’S mind?  A game where morality is not only encouraged, but is implemented into the unique gameplay, implemented into the story?  Well damn, whaddya know.

However, there was a game that existed for a while before Undertale was ever known at all, that implemented these sorts of dynamics in a very, very effective way: Iji.

Created by one Daniel Remar in 2008, Iji is a freeware, platforming, shooting, metroidvania game that didn’t receive too much attention upon release.  Many people praised it for its replay value, and it was noted for the ability to guide the player character, Iji, along different paths.  It was undoubtedly a good game, but how good exactly?  Well.  That’s what I’d like to reflect on today.

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My Top Five Indie Video Games!

The work of an independent artist can be amazing to see sometimes.

Whether it’s indie music, an independently written webcomic, or an independent game developer, having that control is both a blessing and a curse.  Not restrained by quality controls, by specific rules and ideas, the artist in question can experiment to their heart’s content.  And sometimes, absolutely great games are born as a result.

I’ll just be talking about the five indie games that I enjoyed the most, the ones I believe deserve recognition as some of the best.  There are some games that have grown beyond this, such as Minecraft, so I won’t include them- rather, the games I’ll include have been independently developed by individuals, or small groups at best.  That being said, let’s see what the best of indie gaming has to offer!

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RB Weekly News #7: Digimon Adventure Tri, Nintendo Indie Games, and Berserk’s 2nd Season

What’s good guys.

You’re good.  That’s what’s good.

Anyways, Ayron here, back with some more happenings of the anime and gaming worlds. It’s been a pretty interesting time, so without further delay, let’s get into it!

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To The Moon: A Look at Gaming’s Greatest Romance

You know, earlier this week, I was considering doing a gaming related countdown in regards to romance.  Maybe top five romances in gaming?  Top five online dating sims?  You know the ones.  Stupid Newgrounds.  But the thing is, romance in gaming, let’s be honest here, hasn’t been done very well, the focus in Western Games is primarily on the action.  It’s all about the fun that can be had, with first person shooters, third person shooters, figthing games, and even in the case of RPGs, the focus is normally on the complexity of the story, or the depth of the gameplay.

Basically, true romance rarely serves any major role in a Western game.  This is where the 2011 indie game, To The Moon comes in, providing a story that creates in my opinion, the greatest love story of any video game thus far.

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