This week is short and sweet – so you can enjoy some blogs
and get back to gaming and writing. And before you know it, the steady stream
of holiday blockbusters will be upon us. That’s either good or bad, depending
on your backlog (mine is now an entire hockey duffle bag under my bed, hidden
away like an embarrassing secret).
For October 13 – October 19:
When Bad Games Do Good
Blogger Psykologic makes a great point: Sometimes games that are bad at launch
become fantastic after some patching and updates. Heck, he even mentions how
BioWare “fixed” Mass Effect 3’s ending (which was fine the first time, for me,
and really didn’t change much through the update), making fans happier and
keeping them loyal.
When A Soundtrack Keeps On Playing
GerardoExber knows that a
good video game soundtrack can, and will, stick with you for days. I still hum
video game tunes I haven’t heard in nearly two decades, but such is the power
of a good soundtrack. See if any of the games Gerardo praises in his blog are
ones you love listening to, and then leave your favorite tunes in the comments.
Community Writing Challenge: The Best
Thanksgiving Tradition Ever
When you’re lucky enough
to think of Thanksgiving and also think video games, then that’s one mighty
fine holiday tradition, Haley Shipley. I mean, how cool is it to have two TVs
set up at the holiday gathering place that are used exclusively for video
Community Writing Challenge: Those Games
To Play During Fall
The Dark Cloud 2 image sucked me into GerardoExber’s blog, but the copy made me
stay. While his story hits on familiar notes like college getting in the way of
gaming, fall is a time for our writer to sit back, dig through the backlog, and
beat some games that are starting to clutter the coffee table.
Community Writing Challenge: The Autumn
Dalin Briggs’ post is
unique in that he has five games that makes him think and feel fall. It’s a
diverse list with an eclectic mix of reasons as to why they make the cut. The
Mass Effect obsession is particularly fun and interesting. But as a whole, fall
is a time for gaming for Briggs.
Retro Review: The Legend of Dragoon
This is one divisive RPG,
but Brendon Curzio is firmly in the I-love-it camp. Some reasons why pertain to
the story, characters, and even the drama of it all. I remember enjoying it
when it was new on PS One, but haven’t played it in years. Glad to hear it
still holds up.
Tell me about
your favorite local multiplayer game. I recently got the chance to play Smash
Bros. with a buddy on the same TV for the first time in 13 years, and it was
magical. From Mario Party to Goldeneye, there are certainly some fun local
multiplayer games out there – and memories and stories to match them.
I’ll be gone all
weekend traveling to the Fargo area, but please don’t hesitate to hit me up
for some Monster Hunter shenanigans. Leave a friend code in the comments, and
don’t be afraid to message me on Twitter or via Game Informer.